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Smarter Style: How to Rock A Scarf!

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With fall almost here and the return of cooler weather around the corner, we've got a fashion question on how to keep warm and stylish.

Kcsunshinemama asks: "I love scarfs as a way to stay warm and bump up a boring outfit. I have a ton of them - smaller silk ones, those pashmina kind, long wooly ones. But I have no idea how to use them - I see many women and celebs wearing them, and it looks right on them, but I try and it looks like I'm dressing up as a 50s school teacher or been attacked by a swatch of wool ...any advice?"

You are totally onto something with scarfs. I find them a great way to jazz up an outfit (and usually pretty inexpensive). But, you are right. Some ladies just know how to toss it this way and that and voila! - Mama is ohlala chic. Others of us need a little Scarf 101. There's been a lot written about this very dilemma. Let's break it down by scarf type:

Those smaller silk ones - One miss tie and you can look like your 93-year-old Aunt Martha. Nothing against her, but you want to look fresh and modern. Check out how Bree on Desperate Housewives would don one - avoid the triangle-kerchief look by folding it over and over again so it isn't too wide and knot it to the side. Also, click over to this handy guide that gives another how-to. Or use that scarf as a bracelet: again, twist it so it is thin, and then wrap it a couple of time around your wrist. It adds a pop of color. Another great use: when you are monochromatic or in a jeans and white shirt combo, tie on around the handles of your purse to add some color there.

Those longer pashmina or cotton ones - French women are just born knowing how to tie these suckers. There are many ways to do it (check out this post on Bistro Chic that has a picture of one scarf four different ways). I like the tried and true pull-it-through tie. Take the scarf and have it hang down evenly over your hand. Grab on each end of the folded scarf (one hand will have the ends, the other the fold part) and place it behind your head. Then pull the ends though the folded end, making it a cinch knot so to speak. I like this one as it is less bulky and slimming.

The long wooly ones - There is really only one way to rock these: just wrap it once around your neck, with the two ends hanging down in front. The best of these: the super-long ones that look like you are coming from the ski lodge. My hint with this kind: if you have long hair, pull it back or up. Too much hair and a big, thick scarf are not a good combo.

How do you wear scarves? Which kind do you like the best? Hey, let's post pics! 


by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-34):
by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 1:41 AM

ehhh, not for me.

by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 1:42 AM

lol and still nobody posted pics

by Ruby Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:56 AM

I rarely wear them

by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

 super cute

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