Scarves are my go-to staple item to transition between seasons and to take a simple outfit to the next level. However, its hard to decide what scarf to wear and how to tie it with what outfit you're wearing. Here's how!
1) The Waterfall
How to wear: Toss this look over your favorite basic fitted tee and jeans for a glamourous casual look. Take it to the next level with casual pumps.
Choosing the scarf: Go for a scarf thats both lengthy and wide with an interesting pattern and color. Try this Flying Scarf from Afghanistan made of light wool and pashmina; the look is easy to wear yet so luxurious as it takes the artisans nearly a week to hand-sew them.
2) Classic Shawl
How to wear: Toss over your favorite bohemian look as the weather gets chilly to keep your summer style in your fall rotation.
Choosing the scarf: Go for a large square scarf or a shawl-style one; the must haves: fringe, an easy to wear pattern/color , and a unique fabric. Try this Leather Shawl from the Andes Mountains. It is without a doubt a must-have as its leather is combined with vibrant handmade yarns; no wonder it was featured in VOGUE!
3) Scarf Vest
How to wear: Toss over your shoulders when you're going for an undone layered look. Accessorize with your favorite necklace, bracelets and cutest wedges!
Choosing the scarf: Go for a rectangular scarf with medium length thats a different material than the rest of your outfit. The key to pulling off the layered look is making sure you have a variety of texture. Try these scarves from India that combine several weaves of silk-cotton blends to create an irresistible balance of sheers and solids.
4) Tying the Knot
How to wear: Toss this on an outfit when you don't have the right statement necklace to accessorize with.
Choosing the scarf: Go for a scarf made of thin material with a thin width; you want the scarf to make a statement, but you don't want to cover the top you're wearing. Try Lee's scarves. They're woven with fun yarns and colors, but they're not overpowering because they can be made to cover less area on your body.
5) Doubled Loop
How to wear: Toss over your favorite long-sleeve when the cut of your neck is too wide/deep to keep you warm as cold weather approaches.
Choosing the scarf: Go for a scarf with interesting stripes and a longer length. Be sure to keep the scarf snug yet voluminous to make the stripes pop and to keep your neck and chest warm. Try these lambas from Madagascar. The handwoven, hand-dyed raw silks create the most beautiful stripes, and it keeps you plenty warm while maintaining an easy open texture.
All of these featured scarves are from Beleza, a fair trade boutique in Cameron Village. Shop to experience an unique cultural style you won't find anywhere else while benefiting artisans all over the world.