I have a situation behind the door to my office/lady room.
Said situation involves a colony of scarves. I do not use the word colony lightly as they do indeed seem to be breeding.
Tell me the following scenario happens to you?
I can be in any store and I’ll find myself magnetically drawn to any scarf display. Colours, textures, patterns. I want them all.
I’m convinced that that new scarf that’s caught my is The One. The one that will make my wardrobe come to life.
And if I buy well, then they generally do.
Unfortunately I’ve made some dud purchases as well. Colours have not quite worked for my skin tone in the light of day. They’ve been too short; too long; too much fabric; not enough fabric.
I’m also guilty of buying the same type of scarf – hello leopard print, I’m looking at you. In semi justification, mine are all slightly different in shade and do bring me great joy when wearing them.
As for the vexed question of how to wear a scarf, I have three default positions:
1. The drape. Hang the scarf straight around your neck. This position is used most often as the temperatures here in Queensland are not overly cooperative with a full-neck wrap.
2. The loop. Loop the scarf across the front of your neck and around to hang at the front. The loop is great for keeping your neck warm and the scarf drops down to add length to your outfit.
3. The European loop. Fold the scarf in two lengthways to create a loop and then pull the ends through the loop and around your neck.
If the whole scarf malarky is a bit scary to you, start with these three positions and just play.
I’ve also got 19 ways to wear a scarf from 19 of the real women of #everydaystyle (make sure you click on the links below each photo and follow them on Instagram!). These women regular post their outfits and include the everydaystyle hashtag. This past month they’ve been sharing their scarf style (#SYscarf16) and you can check out hundreds more great scarf looks for inspiration here.
(Read on to see who won this monthly challenge and details of June’s style challenge)
19 ways to wear a scarf
1. The thin scarf: Don’t discount a thin tie-like-scarf for its outfit-lifting potential.
2. The pattern clash: if you’re scared of the clash then start with my fave combo, stripes and leopard print. They work because the key colours complement each other.
3. The snood: a snood is a scarf that’s joined together in one loop, which you can then loop around on each other. It’s ideal for warmth and for not losing it from around your neck!
4. The front triangle: if you have a large square scarf or wide rectangle, fold it on the diagonal and work with the shape to let it fall at the front, securing at the back with a knot.
5. The loop: as mentioned above, this is one of my three go-to scarf looks. So easy and effective.
6. The European loop: follow the instructions at the top of this post. This is a great style for shortening long scarves.
7. The loose loop: this is a more casual finish to the loop and ideal for lighter weight scarves and warmer weather.
8. The neck warmer: scarves may make fab outfit statements but when it’s cold they also become a necessity. Combine necessity and style with a woollen scarf that packs a warm punch.
9. The shoulder warmer: love an OTS look but the weather isn’t co-operating? Add a scarf and your shoulders will look great and feel the love.
10. The large wrap: there is a lot to be said for the versatility of a scarf that doubles as a wrap. If the fabric is relaxed then you can wear it as a scarf; if the weather cools down, open it up and wrap away.
11. The fur: take your scarf game up a notch and make it a faux fur situation around your neck. The contrast of textures is everything.
12. The bow: take your scarf to the feminine side with a pussy bow.
13. The over shoulder: this is one casual flick over the shoulder up from simply hanging a scarf around your neck.
14. The knot to the side: so you’ve done the loop or the European loop? Simply loosely knot the two ends and move to one side.
15. The double knot: a close cousin of the knot to the side. Loop the scarf as normal and then tie the ends again and simply let hang.
16. The drape: simple does not need to equal boring. The drape can make a big outfit statement. Embrace the drape.
17. The top: Turn your favourite large, square scarves into a halter top (this video will help you do it). Drape another over your shoulders and around your arms.
18. The around the head: a scarf that can do double time around the neck and head will create a look that will stun.
19. The around the handbag: the scarf is a fabulous accessory but don’t limit it to wearing on yourself. Add to your handbag for a fabulous feature.
And the 2016 May style challenge winner is …
A big congrats to Helen from @helsbelsmc … Helen gave good scarf during the challenge but it was this oh-so-cute-but-subtle pattern clashing that we gave our nod to and made her winner. Helen, please email [email protected] so we can organise your Read and Bell gift card prize.
So tell me, inspired by these amazing women? How do you wear a scarf? Ready for the next style challenge?
Share your outfit to WIN
Every month in 2016 I’m giving away a $100 gift card to help freshen up your wardrobe.
This month you could win a $100 gift card from Vigorella.
Each month, I’ll propose a different wardrobe theme for you to consider incorporating into your #everydaystyle outfit planning.
Each day that you incorporate that theme, simply upload your photo as you normally would, using the #everydaystyle hashtag. To be in the running for the prize, you just need to add the specific hashtag for each month’s theme. You can enter as many times as you like.
This month’s theme is: Winter textures. Show us your favourite way to style your outfits using winter textures.
This month’s hashtag is: #SYtexture
Your outfit photo could be featured here on the blog with a link back to your Instagram page. This is a short challenge month as I’m heading to Hawaii late June. Entries will close, June 22, 2016. The winner will be announced on the blog, June 23, 2016.
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