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Whether the calendar says it’s fall, spring, winter or summer, a scarf is always a tasteful and wise choice to add to your wardrobe. While I’ve always loved scarves, I must admit, it wasn’t until my recent trip to Paris this past summer that I came to feel less intimidated by them. Yes, you heard me correctly. Intimidated.
Why would anyone be intimidated by a small piece of fabric? Well, on the surface it may appear as though it was the scarf, but when I dug a little deeper, I realized it was the confidence with which French women wear their signature accessory.
And while women across the globe wear scarves, very rarely growing up did I observe women wearing scarves in the manner depicted in books, magazines or French inspired movies.
So while it took some time, I finally have dove head first into adoring the option of wearing a scarf, and I hope (if you don’t already) you will too. Let me explain why you might want to consider welcoming scarves into your signature style.
A Simple Accessory
Jewelry provides wonderful options for wearing accessories and finishing an outfit, but the beauty of a scarf is that it can take center stage and eliminate the need for extra accessories. Not sure which necklace or earrings to wear, choose neither and wear a beautiful silk scarf. Not sure which type of scarves to buy? My rule of thumb is to wear a print scarf with a solid ensemble and a solid scarf with a beautiful print blouse or dress. Keep it simple and choose colors or prints that adhere to your most flattering colors and complement your capsule wardrobe pieces.
A Layer of Warmth
In the summer, wandering around Paris and London in the evening or early in the morning, I found myself just needing a little extra warmth, but not necessarily a jacket. A wool blend or silk blend scarf is perfect in the summer and understandably in the winter, a cozy wool or cashmere scarf is ideal paired with your winter coat. Also, always carry one in your tote while traveling to stay warm on air-conditioned planes.
A Touch of Color
My capsule wardrobe’s colors stick to a simple palette – neutrals and accents of navy. By choosing a beautiful print silk scarf, it adds that necessary pop or finishing touch that can change up an outfit just enough.
Create a Signature Style
There are endless ways to wear scarves (click here to view a video on 25 different ways to wear them). Continue playing with the scarves you have and settle on a few ways that work best for your wardrobe selections, personality and lifestyle. Also, Hermès shares with their customers this photo guide on the 21 ways to tie a scarf – worth taking a look at and saving.
Get in Touch with Your Inner Francophile
Like many of you, channeling my inner French style involves feeling a bit more confident, much more sensual and all the more certain that I know how to pull together chic, timeless style. Wear a classic sheath dress and simply throw a scarf over your shoulders for a simple, yet luxuriously fabulous look. And speaking of French scarves and style, at the top of the list is to choose a piece of art on a scarf from Hermès. While an investment, you’ll always know you have added to your signature style.
Size Doesn’t Matter
The beauty and one of the most pleasurable parts about shopping for scarves is that size doesn’t matter. They will always fit, as long as the colors are flattering and the choices and options are endless. Here are a few scarves that have caught my attention recently.
Needless to say, I’ve embraced wearing scarves and can only wish I had done it sooner. A simple and luxurious way to continue to build a wonderful and original, yet stylish signature wardrobe.