|Hermés, "A Walk In The Park" carré. Picture source.|
Scarves are certainly fun and ornamental, and I love the panache they add to even the simplest outfits. But scarves can also be serious medicine for what ails our wardrobes. Pour example...
Scarf Rx: take a large sheer square scarf....
|Scarf, Banana Republic, a few years old now.|
slip your arms through on either side...
Symptom: Fatigue. Your capsule travel or work wardrobe has a LOT of black. You want to change it up, or perhaps feel that black isn't flattering near your face.
Scarf Rx: A longer scarf in a contrasting color not only breaks up the black, but when looped once around the neck with ends hanging down helps create elongating vertical lines.
|Scarf, Eileen Fisher. Other Eileen Fisher scarves here.|
Symptom: Exposure. Your favorite v-neck top or sweater shows a bit too much décolleté for the office or book club meeting.
Scarf Rx: a silk square, tied "cowboy style."
|Scarf, Hermès. I can't for the life of me remember the name,|
but it's one of the smaller "vintage" size squares.
|Yes, I can see this old top is stretched out and fits poorly. It's headed straight for the "donate" pile.|
Symptom: Stiff neck. That unflattering crew neck top is strangling your style.
Scarf Rx: use a contrasting scarf to create a visual V. (This works for turtlenecks too.)
|Scarf, Hermès, "A Walk In The Park," pictured at top.|
This is one of my very favorite scarves!
- Scale your scarves to your size. If you're petite, big and bulky scarves will swamp you. If you're taller or larger, small scarves will get lost.
- If you're busty and want to draw attention elsewhere, avoid arranging scarves with knot or bulk directly over the bustline. A bright scarf tied midway between the shoulder and widest part of the bust works well, as do long scarves with ends hanging as above.
- Keep the fabric weight of your scarf in line with the rest of the outfit. A sheer silk will look odd with a heavy coat or sweater. A heavy knit scarf overwhelms a lightweight tee.
Do you have any favorite scarf "therapies?"
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