Wear a Scarf for a Sophisticated Look

by R. Carnavale | November 6th, 2013 | Accessories, Women's Fashion

colorful scarves

Wearing a scarf is an inexpensive way to bring color and pattern to your wardrobe. A scarf’s appearance is only part of its appeal — consider how a scarf feels, whether it’s soft cashmere, buttery silk, or featherweight chiffon.You can update your wardrobe and make an old outfit come to life with a brightly-colored scarf, make a simple dress look entirely different with a scarf, and diversify and expand your wardrobe with a collection of scarves. Draw attention away from problem areas or highlight your best features with a scarf. Here’s more on scarves and what they can do for you:

  • You can shop for affordable scarves and scarf rings at Etsy, eBay, Target, Macy’s and Kohl’s.
  • When you travel, save room in your luggage by packing a woolen scarf instead of a winter coat.
  • One foolproof, easy way to wear a big square scarf is to fold in half and tie the scarf around your neck.
  • Make an outfit in neutral colors come to life by accenting it with a bright scarf.
  • You can fake the scarf look with a 3/4-yard piece of scarf material like silk, satin, chiffon or lace. Just tuck the material around the neckline of a suit jacket instead of wearing a blouse.
  • Dress up your evening wear with a pashmina scarf made from the cashmere wool.
  • Wear a lightweight jersey scarf adorned with beading or sequins for a trendy, sophisticated look.
  • Hold the scarf together with a scarf ring (also called a “barred ring”).
  • Create an instantly professional look by looping a rectangular scarf inside a jacket neckline.
  • Wear a cotton scarf in spring and summer and you’ll have a scarf that’s easy to take care of and very durable.
  • Make an evening dress look even fancier by wearing a large silk or chiffon scarf as a shawl over it.
  • Stay warm by wearing a woolen scarf in the fall and winter.
  • Wear a soft, warm and lustrous alpaca fleece scarf in winter. Alpaca is made from domesticated South American camels.
  • Stay cool in summer with a scarf made of linen, which is made from the fibers of the flax plant.
  • Create a sash to wear around your hips or waist by taking a silk scarf folding it into a triangle and continue to fold it until it’s just 2″ wide.
  • Dress up a suit jacket by using a small scarf as a pocket square.
  • Make a beach coverup by wrapping a really large scarf like a pareo around your chest and tying it.
  • In fall and winter, wear a soft, luxurious and lightweight scarf made from cashmere, which is made from the wool of the cashmere goat.

(Photo courtesy of Michael & Christa Richert)

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