I find it absolutely true that it's THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT. I've seen small gestures affect positive change in life, love, and work - and it's also true for clothing. Grand styling gestures don't always create the desired 'freshening' of a look - sometimes a tiny nudge here and there is all that's needed. So before you overhaul and rewrite your entire wardrobe, try these five little tweaks of a scarf to spruce up what you already have.
1| THE BLANKET
If you haven't seen those pics of Cara Delevigne, Rose Huntington Whiteley, and Olivia Palermo swaddled in monogrammed Burberry blanket scarfs during fashion week give them a glance. They make wearing a snuggie on the street look pretty fabulous. Named justly, you'll need a thick, wool, blanket-of-a-scarf to achieve the look. Wrap it around the back of the shoulders (rather than on top of) to mimic the look and feel of actually being draped with a blanket.
Scarf: J Crew (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) Shirt: Gap Jacket: Thrifted Sweatpants: Madewell 'Zipfront Terry Sweatpants' (Similar HERE) Shoes: Zara Sunglasses: Spitfire 'Coco'
2| THE BELTED GODDESS
Give a basic black dress a new lease in life by tightly belting a slinky scarf at the waist. Experiment with scarf length and belt placement, but use an ultra-fine slippery scarf. Anything even slightly bulky will add bulk to your frame and clingy fabrics will bunch and resist a graceful flow.
Scarf: J Crew (Similar HERE) Dress: Gap Belt: Anthropologie (Similar HERE, HERE, and HERE) The last one from Altuzarra for Target! Shoes: J Crew 'Lanie' Bracelets: Forever 21 Aviators: Target
3| THE HAIR TUCK
Achieve this look by wrapping and draping your scarf to 'snooded' perfection then leaving your hair tucked inside. When you resist the urge to pull it out you get a wonderful and controlled 'faux-bob'. This look is ideal on windy days (as pictured) because it'll keep your hair from flying, nesting, tickling, and otherwise being a total nuisance.
Scarf: Zara (Similar HERE & HERE) Shirt: J Crew Chambray Popover (Similar HERE & HERE) Skirt: Thrifted (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) Shoes: Vince Camuto Clutch: Thrifted Aviators: Target
4| THE ASCOT CHOKER
If you love menswear (or looking European and drinking martinis), loosely wind a silk scarf with a 'men's tie' pattern around your neck like a loose choker. Rather than letting the excess fall to the front like a true ascot, let it fall down the back to expose some decolletage giving an otherwise masculine look a little femininity.
Scarf: Vintage Silk, Thrifted (Similar HERE) Shirt: Thrifted (Similar HERE & HERE) Pants: Eli Tahari (Similar HERE) Shoes: Schutz Satchel: J Crew 'Kirby Satchel' (Similar Shape HERE) Sunglasses: RayBan 'Wayfarer' Ear Cuff: Thrifted
5| THE UNDER SCARF
Instead of draping a scarf over top of your outfit, put it on first and let it peek out from under blouses, sweaters, and better yet, crop tops. Silken, ultra-thin scarves work best - anything to bulky will only add bulk to your frame.
Scarf: J Crew Factory (Similar HERE & HERE) Button Down: J Crew 'Blythe' (Similar HERE) Jeans: Vintage Levis 501 (Purchased on Ebay) Crossbody Bag: TJMaxx (Similar HERE) Watch: Invicta Rings: Forever 21 Sunglasses: Thrifted (Similar HERE & HERE)
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Got any other fabulous ways to style a scarf? Share them with me!