November 25th, 2008
Q: Since you mention scarves in a lot of your articles, I decided to buy three really cute scarves. But now I don’t know how to wear them. I mean, I can guess with what - but how exactly are scarves worn right now? Whenever I see celebrities wear scarves I wonder how they make it look so effortless.
by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant
A: Scarves are a versatile, inexpensive accessory that can add color, pattern and dimension to any wardrobe. Here’s three super simple ways to wear them:
The Fold and Loop
Diamond Gingham Scarf | $22.75 (approx) at Topshop
My favorite way to wear a scarf it to take a long one, fold it in half, and wrap it around your neck. Take the side with the ends and pull it through the loop created by the other side. I love to wear a long scarf on a windy day and have the breeze catch it and make it flutter.
Best For: Lightweight pashmina-type scarves.
The Basic Neck Wrap
AE Multicheck Scarf | $19.50 at American Eagle
Simply wrap the scarf around your neck once and then just let the ends drop where they will. I think this method is appropriate for indoor wear, as it adds color without overwhelming the wearer or the outfit. Keep in mind though that it does look pretentious to wear a big cashmere scarf wrapped once or twice around the neck when one is inside.
Best For: Long, narrow scarves.
The Square Tie
Buckle Satin Scarf | $7.80 at Forever 21
With a square scarf, you can place one pointed side down in front of your neck, and then take the ends and wrap once around your neck ending with a little tie.
Best For: Small to medium sized square scarves.
Bonus scarf looks? Try wrapping a scarf around your head à la Jackie O. Very 60s chic. Or tie a short scarf around a ponytail for a refreshingly youthful look.
How do you wear your scarves? Share your style with us in the comments!