Scarves are a fabulous accessory that serve a purpose while still being fashionable – they can add a pop of colour to an outfit, add warmth against the elements in the fall and winter and against the air conditioner in the spring and summer, and they can tie together an otherwise awkward colour combination.
Most scarves are fairly inexpensive which means that you can build a collection of them quickly without breaking the bank. As your scarf collection grows focus on finding a good balance of solid pieces and colourful patterned ones. If your closet is filled with mostly solid basics then play with classic or quirky patterns. If your closet is filled with patterned pieces then accessories with simple, solid scarves.
If I had to build my scarf collection from scratch, these are the ones I would buy first:
1. The Neutral Pashmina like this black one from Top Shop – Pick in your favourite neutral colour to wear with brighter shirts in the fall or to use as a shawl when you want to make a sleeveless dress more conservative in the summer. Choose a dressier fabric for maximum remixability.
2. The Knit Infinity or Circle Scarf like this black snood from Top Shop – Pick a neutral colour that coordinates with your fall and winter weight jacket. I prefer circle scarves over long rectangle scarves for winter because they provide warmth without the fuss of having to worry about ends getting caught on items or looking awkward with an outfit.
3. The Spring Solid like this peace one from Old Navy – Choose a light colour that coordinates with your spring and summer pieces made in a breathable fabric. An ivory or a pale colour is my choice of colour for fall because they can lighten up a darker outfit in early spring and be used as a light weight shawl inside in the summer.
4. The Fall Solid like this red one from Old Navy – Choose a colour that coordinates with your fall and winter pieces that also compliments your skin tone. Red is my colour of choice for fall because it can be used to add a pop of red to holiday outfits in December.
5. The Animal Print like this leopard one from Ardene – This scarf should be in a medium weight – not too heavy for spring but not to light for the fall and winter. It is great for adding a print to an outfit or solids or for tying black and brown pieces together in a way that might otherwise look awkward. My two prints of choice are leopard print or giraffe print.
6. The Floral like this pink floral one from American Eagle Outfitters – Another scarf that should be light weight and breezy. This one is perfect to wear to jazz up more basic pieces without adding to much weight. One of these would look stunning tied around your head as a DIY headband.
7. The Multi Coloured Print like this horse print one from Old Navy – Pick a patterned scarf with a variety of colours (primarily ones that you already have in your wardrobe). This scarf is great for inspiration for tying together a multi coloured outfit and looks great with shoes in a coordinating colour.