Well we’re certainly into scarf season aren’t we? It’s always a shock when temperatures drop in November and the humble scarf becomes  our best friend again.

As you would imagine, scarves have been worn since ancient times, although they were originally used to mop the brow and were known as sudariums (sweat cloths). In fact throughout history, they remained functional items until the 19th Century when they became a real fashion accessory.

These days, there is a vast choice of scarves, from silk square foulards to thick chunky knits. Your style personality very much dictates how you wear them. A Natural will wear one out of need ie. to keep warm, whereas a Creative will use it to accessorise an outfit.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re considering a scarf purchase this year:

A savvy shopper will buy investment purchases such as coats, in neutral colours; navy, black, charcoal and brown for example. It’s very easy to update these each year with scarves in trend colours saving you money in the process and keeping you looking fashionable. 

Choose shades that are flattering because your scarf will sit right up to your chin.

Natural fibres will always perform better in cold weather, than synthetic (but something wrapped around your neck is always better than nothing).

When you’re buying a scarf, try it on and wear it for a few minutes. Our necks are sensitive and even natural fibres can cause itchiness.

Think about your scale. Petite frames will be overwhelmed by thick, long chunky scarves so if this is you, opt for something smaller. In fact, try the children’s department as they are cut much shorter and are less bulky. Larger frames will benefit from a chunkier scarf, but if you are large-busted, avoid infinity loops or knots that tend to rest on the chest.

Use a scarf to work the verticals. A long scarf draped around the neck and left to fall will give the illusion of length and height (but do remember to consider your frame size).

There are many ways to wear a scarf to add interest to your outfit. Take a look at this video for some simple ideas.

A winter-white scarf can look decadent but not when it’s stained with foundation. So be prepared to wash it regularly (it’s worth checking the label before you purchase, as your dry cleaning bills could be very expensive).

A scarf is a good way to introduce pattern into your wardrobe. Some palettes such as Clears will look fabulous in contrasting colours in jazzy prints such as red, black and white, whilst Softs will look their best in tonal, muted patterns such as a soft paisley in jade and turquoise.
*featured scarf is the Jacquelyn from Joules.

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