By Jessica Abercrombie
An accessory suitable for any season of the year, scarves add variety to a monochrome outfit, character to humdrum attire and flare to your fierceness! Channel your inner Tyra, Twiggy or Heidi while piecing together your daily fashions, and pay close attention to detail when accessorizing your street-ready runway attire. Think of the bangles on your arm, or the scarf dangling from your neck as an extension of your fabulous personality!
Below are 10 ways to wear a scarf, including a few traditional options and several creative suggestions.
1.Scarf Belt: Fold your selected scarf in half envelope-style and wrap it around the slenderest part of our waist. This will cinch in your waist while accentuating your beautiful hourglass shape. Tie the ends of scarf into a bow, which should rest comfortably on the middle of your back.
2.Brooch Scarf: Place your selected scarf around the nape of your neck. After choosing a brooch that suites your outfit, fasten it around both ends of your scarf. The clasped brooch should be resting on the scarf in the center of your chest, just below your collar bones.
3.Scarf Top: Chose a scarf that when unfolded is at least 24 inches in width. Keep scarf unfolded and wrap it around your torso, tying the loose ends into a messy knot that should rest on the middle of your back. If your scarf is sheer, be sure to wear a matching tube, halter or tank top beneath your scarf. When in doubt be modest – all fashionistas are classy women!
4.Halter Scarf: Starting from your back, wrap your chosen scarf around your lower ribs and the front of your torso, just below your breasts. Next, crisscross both ends of your scarf over each breast, creating an X. Continue to wrap both ends upward and fasten around the nape of your neck. If not wearing this scarf style over a bathing suit top, be sure to wear a matching tube, halter or tank top beneath your scarf.
5.Double-Loop Scarf: Place four to five inches of ends of selected scarf on your shoulders. Lift bottom loop of scarf upward, and lightly wrap it around your neck. Tuck lose ends of the scarf resting on your shoulders into the backside of the wrapped scarf, securing it around your neck.
6.Parisian Scarf: Fold your preferred scarf in half envelope-style, and place it around the nape of your neck. One side should be the loose ends of the scarf and the other side should be a loop. Pull loose ends of the scarf through the loop of the scarf and adjust until comfortably fastened around your neck.
7.Ascot Scarf: Place your scarf around the nape of your neck, and twist one of the scarf ends around the other three times. The end of the scarf that you are not twisting, should be held taught with your non-twisting hand. After twisting one side of the scarf around the other, take the scarf end that you twisted around the stationary end, and pull it through the opening in the scarf between your neck and the beginning of your twists. You should be pulling it through the opening in a motion that goes away from your body, similar to tying a tie.
8.Layered-Knot Scarf: Position your scarf at the nape of your neck, and wrap it around your neck two full times. Loose ends of the scarf should be resting on your chest. Pull these ends through the middle of the two loops. Adjust the scarf so it rests comfortably around your neck.
9.Bohemian Scarf: Opt for a scarf that is at least 24 inches in width, and lay it smoothed out on a flat surface. Take the lower, right-hand corner of the scarf, and cross it over to the upper, left hand corner of the scarf, creating a shape loosely resembling a triangle. Next, pinch the upper, right-hand corner and the lower, left-hand corner of your triangle, and wrap them around the nape of your neck, tying the ends into a messy knot.
10.Belt Scarf: Place your scarf around the nape of your neck with the scarf ends resting on your torso. Choose a belt that compliments your ensemble, and wrap it around your waist as well as the middle of your scarf ends.