“How do I love thee, Let me count the ways.” I'm pretty sure Elizabeth Barrett Browning was writing about a scarf when she wrote this.
I L-O-V-E a good scarf. Listen to me - it’s another instant style shortcut - like a statement shoe. And no! You do not have to be tall for a scarf to look good. You just have to know how to wear a scarf—and not let it wear you. When you aren’t feeling fab, a scarf in a fresh shade or fun pattern can perk you up. The right scarf worn well is the number one easiest way to add supermodel sensibility to anything you have on. And I mean anything.
Now that fall is finally here, I am so excited to start adding this core accessory back into my wardrobe.
Here are my five favorite ways to rock a scarf:
Slouchy & Chic: This classic way to wrap is easy to accomplish and is both messy and polished all at once. You can wear it with a blazer and leggings, jeans and a white tee, a long cotton dress…pair this with almost anything and you can’t go wrong.
Knotted & Besotted: Frames the face and has a bit of glamour girl style. A little more conservative, this look complements a tailored blazer or in contrast with a masculine, leather moto-jacket.
The Halo: I love this look beneath a jean jacket or a long linen tank dress. It’s gorgeous with hair up and earrings dangling. Also looks nice with a chunky knit.
The Waterfall: This is runway ready, flowy, feminine, and sexy. Gorgeous paired with a long dress or an evening look. Or try with bell-bottoms, platform shoes, and a button-down for a chic 70’s look.
The Professor: Perfect to wear under outerwear of all kinds. Love it under a peacoat. Classic. Understated. Elegant.
In my book, The Everyday Supermodel, my girlfriends and members of my style squadron, The Re-Stylists (Beckie Klein and Martina Gordon) shared that scarf length is the most key. It needs to be long enough to be versatile. How to gauge? Place the scarf around the back of your neck and bring both sides forward. The scarf length on each side should fall between midthigh and your knee. If you are petite or shorter, measure a scarf the same way, but choose a more refined, finer-weight fabric that isn’t too buxom or bulky so it doesn’t overwhelm. A scarf is also a great way to disguise a large (or small!) chest.
If you are more a visual learner, check out the tutorial video on my YouTube channel.
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.