7 ways to wear a scarf

11 Oct

In my opinion, wearing a scarf is one of the easiest ways available to enhance an outfit and make it stand off without trying too much. The visual impact rises with a bold pattern scarf and a timeless piece like Hermes’ can compliment hundreds of outfits over the years.
There are a few things to consider when buying and wearing a scarf, but before we go there I want to show you what i drew to illustrate my favorite ways of wearing such a piece. First I will show you 7 ways of wearing it, then I shall give you 7 pieces of advice to help you pick up such a great accessory!

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1. Match the scarf to your personality
Like any other accessory, I strongly advise you to buy only the things that represent you, that feel like a “part of your soul”, because wearing an object that truly shows who you are is more important than matching the latest trends. However, don’t ignore the latter and pay attention to the newest and hottest fashion trends, pick the ones you find appropriate for your personality then read on to see how you can match a scarf to a fashionable outfit.

2. Buy 100% silk
Do you really need me to tell you why you should buy only natural fabrics? A high quality silk scarf is a good investment, versatile enough to be worn with both day and night outfits, but more important, high quality shows beyond a visible brand name. You can tell by the quality of the pattern, the smoothness of the fabric and the lasting colors that a scarf will become a timeless piece in your wardrobe.
Plastic is for inanimate objects, don’t do synthetic fabrics if you have natural alternatives for your clothes. If you still love a scarf and it has a lot of syntethic fiber in it, the least you can do is to treat that scarf with fabric conditioner.
FAIL ALERT: polyester scarves produce hair frizz and you sure know how annoying that gets when you can’t get the hair out of your face and you fell that static electricity sting everytime you touch something!!

3. Beware overaccessorizing
You put a scarf around your neck. You tie one around your bag. You wear multiple bracelets, statement earrings and a big watch. All.at.the.same.time. I look at you and see a christmas tree, not a lady. My point is, don’t do more than another jewelry piece if you go for a scarf and make sure they compliment each other instead of showing off separately.
TIP: check out scarves.net for tutorials on how to tie your piece!

4. Colourful is not always better!
If you have trouble deciding what’s your favorite color and you want to wear them all, you definitely have a problem if you wear them at the same time. I could write a book about colours and colour coordination, but i’m not starting here. My colourful advice on matching a scarf is to GO SAFE at first and wear a colourful scarf with a neutral outfit, because the pattern on the scarf itself is hard to match if it shows more than 3 tones.
IF you’re confident enough, you can try picking up a colour from your scarf, tone it down and wear a softer hue of it on your other items, but if you wear two or more items in your outfit (dress +jacket or blouse+pants+cardigan etc) I would advise you to do two neutrals and only another coloured one.

5. Thrift stores can be gold mines
Leave your pride aside and shop with the poor. No matter how much money you have, you will rarely find timeless pieces in mall boutiques…the best scarves I bought were found in thrift stores and the pattern, the colors and the fabric were absolutely amazing! I bought an original Hermes for less than 1 €/$, but that’s because I was lucky and they had no idea what a beauty they were selling there! If you decide to give it a go, prepare to spend some time searching for a beautiful piece, don’t buy anything with visible flaws, discolorations or stains and pay attention to buy 100% natural fabrics!
You usually spend some time browsing for tips on how to spot an authentic scarf, but here’s a great HOW TO RECOGNIZE AUTHENTIC HERMÈS by sassyme.org, it was really useful for me when i was researching whether the scarf I found is original or not. It is ❤

6. Shop for the basics first
It’s quite simple, pick a number under 9 for starters, then think of scarves in different patterns to buy. You should need a striped one, a floral, a chain&equestrian inspired one, a vintage damasc pattern, one with an etnic pattern, at least a silk one, then a cotton one…just adjust the number of scarves you can afford to the patterns you want to own and buy variations of those you love best.

7. Know the stars
Do a little research and know how the famous scarves look like, what are the top brands and how to recognise the best pieces. You will never know what you find in thrift stores or at vintage fairs, therefore take your time and identify the famous items you’d love to have and match your personality, then go explore your options and buy similar good quality pieces and start building your own collection.
If you decide to shop fot pretty scarves, take a look on my FB Page, Fashion from the closet, for I will post there a few scarves I have for sale.

Believe me, once you find some good stuff you’ll grow a new addiction.
To help you even more, here are a few links from my favorite scarf related articles:
Thebudgetfashionsta gives you 20 ideas on how to tie a scarf. My favorites are no 5 and 17. Really cool ideas!
One of the largest virtual collections of Hermès scarves available online can be seen here. Take a look through the gallery and keep in mind a few favorites next time you look for an original one in a thrift store. The more you learn about them, the easier it will be to spot them right on!

Have fun shopping for such an amazing item and let me know if you want more info about this subject!
Xoxo

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