Few things can change your look and add a shot of color easier than a scarf. I happen to just love scarves, and lately feel as if I'm not completely put together unless I have one on. Last week I had the pleasure of working with a client who collects scarves from around the world, and it was so exciting to be able to put a different scarf with each outfit, and to show her new ways to wear them.
What I hear from so many women, though, is that they don't know how to wear scarves. So I'm here to help. I want to empower you all to wear scarves with confidence because not only do they boost your outfit, but they boost your style quotient as well and give you a chic, polished look without looking like you're trying too hard. And if you look around at all the gorgeous fabrics, prints and styles of scarves around, how can you resist?
First of all, don't let the scarf wear you. Keep the size and shape of the scarf proportional to your body. If you're tall, you can wear a longer scarf. If you're on the shorter side, stick with something that fits with the scale of your body. Once you've found a scarf you like, spend some time playing with it in front of the mirror to gain confidence and find your best look. Some scarves look better with a jacket, while others (generally the lighter weight ones) will look fabulous with a tee shirt or a sweater.
Here are some of the most popular ways to wear a scarf:
1. Simple tie. This looks best with your winter coat, with the collar turned up and the scarf lying under the collar to help secure it.
2. One Loop around. This is a great look with a coat, jacket or just a tee shirt. It's a great way to add some color around your face.
3. Loop Around and knot. If you have a fringed scarf, this is a fun look and another way to put color right up against your face. This works best with a large triangular scarf (or shawl). Fold in half with the points in front, wrap around back once and tie in front.
4. Bib style. Easy peasy. Simply take your square and fold in half. Tie like you're putting on a bib.
5. Shawl wrap. Shawls and pashminas are wonderfully versatile scarves and work well over your outfit when it gets a little chilly, or can add warmth when worn over your coat. Simply drape around your shoulders and tie in front. You can also leave one end longer and sweep it over your shoulder for more drama and warmth.
6. Fold, tie and loop. Just fold your scarf in half lengthwise, wrap around your neck and pull the ends through. Voila!
7. Let it hang. One of my favorites (not pictured here) for adding color to a jacket and to put the finishing touch on an outfit. Just let the scarf hang around the back of your neck so that the two ends are in front, on either side.
So pull your scarves out (we know you have a stash) and have some fun! They'll add spice to your wardrobe as well as polish.