Are you ready for it?
I think we’ve covered this topic in passing, but I have fallen in love with the scarf.
Y’all, they are so versatile.
I used to never understand them. I didn’t know how to tie them. I didn’t know how to wear them. So I opted for the statement necklace. And Lord knows I have plenty.
But just this past year I’ve started infusing my wardrobe with the fashion scarf. They are particularly fabulous for spring because so many of them have such spring pops of color and pattern. They are also the cheapest way to update your wardrobe with the latest trends.
So today I’m featuring me and my scarves on the blog. These pictures were taken last night, at the VERY end of the night after a dinner outing with the family when my contacts were already so dried out I had donned glasses and a chip clip for my hair (oh, and I’m getting my roots done today so BOY should I have waited a week for this post….). I was wearing cotton shorts and an old white tank top. But that is sort of the point. I threw a denim jacket on over my tank and pulled out four of my scarves in rotation for this spring. Every single one of them cost less than $25 and have been accrued over a few years.
You take any one of these top halves and you can make three outfits: paired with black pants and kitten heels for an office casual Friday; paired with an A-line cotton skirt and flats for movie night or a kid’s birthday party; or paired with a flat-front walking short and wedge or embellished sandal for a morning at the zoo or picnic at the park. You own the tank and the jacket, all you need is a scarf in spring’s latest colors or patterns for a brand new look:
This scarf, and method of tying is my favorite. It’s got fun patterns and greens, blues, oranges, and reds thrown in. Tie it high enough and hide your neck woes. You just double a long scarf over, drape it around your neck, and pull the ends through where the scarf is halved. Presto, an easy adjustable knot! You can’t see but this scarf has fun fringe (I was not going to micromanage my husband’s photographs as The Good, The Bad, The Ugly was on in the den).
I love this turquoise/melon color combo and the melon is pulled in around the edges and in big circles around the scarf. This is the simplest tie. I literally just knotted it mid way down. Once through and off you go. This also looks cute if you do the exact same thing but throw the knot and “streamers” down the back. It’s just hard to photograph and wouldn’t work with this blazer (think sundress).
I love the infinity scarf. They are everywhere. You can’t tell how super cute the left one is because I was showing another way to wear them, but it’s a lavender and teal-ish chevron print. Crazy color combo but really pretty. You can wear it hanging straight down, I should have rolled it so the shirt showed between it, but all you need to do with these is pop them over your head. Or, as I generally wear them, you loop them twice so they don’t fall to your waist. That’s what I did with the purple two-tone scarf on the right. You wear it just as you would do a strand necklace – either with space in between or closer together so the shorter one nests just inside the slightly longer loop. The nice thing about this neckline is it can conceal cleavage for the office if you are chesty or it can create a more robust upper half if you are not quite as endowed. Literally the fix for whichever woe you have.
So as you set off – what should you be looking for this season? According to Elle, the colors this spring are icy pastels, white, and pink. Pantone’s report is a little bolder with some orange thrown in with the pinkish-reds as well as a full spectrum of blues from vibrant to icy. Nordstrom is showing every imaginable pattern from patchwork to animal in their scarves. The Banana Republic set of stores (includes Gap and Old Navy) support the fashion mag trends, with everything from the palest shades including the most fabulous tone-on-tone white they call cocoon that I SNAP UP if I could ever convince myself to spend $49 on a scarf, to a full spectrum of blue shades in solids and patterns.
So go grab one, two, or a few, and add them to almost any outfit from work to weekend wear to freshen up that spring outfit as the ground begins to thaw!