When I look back over older blog images to use in a lesson, I often think, “That would have looked so much better with a scarf.” Below is an example.
Instinctively reaching for a scarf with some looks has become second nature for me. If I am wearing an edgy tunic or a moto style jacket, I might not always wear a scarf, but I certainly enjoy them when I do. A silk scarf can make unrelated separates look like the most elegant outfit ever.
The look above would be so dull without the scarf.
There are several points to consider when buying a new scarf. Size, shape, color, bold print, small print, no print, and fabrication are some of the features. The scarf above is one that I reach for often because the colors work so well with all of my wardrobe basics. It is here in silk or satin and two color combos. I tend to choose a scarf based upon color first, and I think about if the color will flatter my complexion most.
I often wear an extra large silk scarf for warmth and or a dramatic finishing touch to a very basic combination of separates.
Certain patterns on scarves will allow you to show different colors depending upon how you fold them. This silk scarf is a good example. If you fold it one way, you will show more gold near your face. If you fold another way, you will show more fuchsia near your face as shown in the two photos below.
Fabrication is another important consideration because that determines how warm the scarf will feel against your skin and how it will drape and fold. Satin will feel warmer, and it will fall in a more flat way. Silk, rayon, and cashmere will feel more comfortable against your skin because of air flow, and the fabric will fold in a more supple way with more substance. Cotton or knit scarves always look and feel more casual. Each has its form and function, but you need to think about the fabric and how you will be wearing it. The scarf I am wearing below is satin.
Size and shape are other points to consider. If you buy a large square scarf, you can fold it into a long rectangle by folding opposite corners into the center and repeating. The result is one long scarf. If you buy a rectangle shape scarf, you can just drape or tie it around your neck and move the tie to the side or wear it low in front. I am fond of a large square scarf because I can wear it in my favorite way, which is folding it into a large triangle, drape it over my shoulders and then put my jacket or cardigan over it to hold it in place without tying it at all. The long straight lines are most flattering for my face and body shape.