How to wear a scarf
Winter is coming.
In Paris at least! We’ve had a beautiful sunny autumn but every good thing has an end.
However, I am happy for at least one reason: I am gonna have a real reason to wear my new plaid scarf.
Cause yes, even though scarves are very stylish they are also useful.
Regarding the choice of a scarf, my motto is mostly “the bigger the better”.
Example of why right there:
Two pretty ladies, two grey scarves indeed. But the one left is way more stylish! Now you know why.
So you should always be able to tour your scarf at least once around your neck without tightening and still have the remaining bits hanging loose on both sides, till the waist.
2. HOW TO WEAR IT?
Either let the ends of the scarf loose on your chest or behind or tie the scarf around your neck.
Collage: Zara tartan scarf, Pashmina scarf and Vuitton bag
Yey! Like them!
Not like them… From left to right: not wrapped (and too small), too tight, to thin (booooring and cooold).
Once you got those first two step, you did more than half the way.
Let’s go further with the choice of the fabric.
The scarf is right near your face and is one of the first thing to be noticed in winter so do not go cheap! Avoid synthetics and go for the wool, the linen, the silk, the cachemire… Good quality polyester can be pretty too. That can be found at Zara for example. Anyway, trust me a scarf is a good investment cause you can wear it everyday and will always fit you. So it’s worth splurging ^^
Black or neutrals (beige, grey, white, brown) are always classy.
Collage: Clémence Poésy, Pinterest, Pinterest
The good thing is that you cannot go wrong with those: they pair with anything and still give that extra twist to you outfit.
Go a bit crazier, by choosing bold colors: they’ll enlighten your face in the grey winter.
Only a few rules for choosing the color (other than neutral):
– color of the scarf should be different than the color of your coat
– colors of the scarf should also be different than any color of your outfit (playing matchy is quite old fashioned exept for neutrals)
– go for neutral scarves if your coat is colorful.
– or match it properly with a complementary color as red with green for example. But the game is risky.
– if your coat is neutral: you are free to choose every color you feel like
Collage: Saskia de Brauw by Stockholm streetstyle, Pinterest, Blake Lively
Scarves can be fun and you can have plenty of those.
A winter coat very is expensive and a scarf, even a quality one, is way cheaper.
By owning a bunch of them, you will feel like you have a different black coat everyday!
And trust me, we parisian own a LOT!
So when it comes to patterns you can be daring.
Just follow the same rules as for colorful scarves above and do not pair a pattern scarf with a pattern coat.
Collage: Absolutely glamourous, Pinterest, Inès de la Fressange
Keep it simple!
Ethnic patterns and détails (pompom, mirrors) look sometimes great like on the happy blonde lady above, but don’t go for the flounce or overly feminine détails. Why? Just click here or google flounce scarf for anwers ^^
This article is about fall and winter scarves. I’ll do a new one for the summer because do you think we parisian women would take the risk to catch a cold in summer?
Bisous de Paris!
If you have any questions, I’ll answer them in the comments.