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Accessory Essentials: 18 Stylish Scarves for Every Season


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Scarves. I’m from Minnesota, so when I hear the word “scarf,” the first three adjectives that come to mind are “warm,” “knit,” and “thick.” From November to March, I never leave the house without one. After all, scarves were invented to keep us warm in the winter!

These days, however, scarves aren’t just limited to the colder months. In fact, in recent years, scarves have evolved into year-round accessory essentials. Infinity, silk, knit, lace – the options are endless. Here at CF, we believe that scarves are an awesome way to accessorize your look and get more wear out of your closet. Below, we list our three “essential” scarf styles.

Cold Weather Knits

Knit scarves for cold weather
Top row (L-R): 1, 2, 3, Bottom row (L-R): 4, 5, 6

When you’re looking for cold weather scarves, it’s important to consider three factors: size, material, and shape.

I recommend a thick infinity scarf (like #2) on cold winter days – the shape will protect your neck from harsh winds and you can bury your face into it when battling the elements. For less extreme weather, look for a knit or a pashmina. Also, consider how wide the scarf is and how much skin you’ll be able to cover. Finally, think about your usual outerwear. What color is your winter coat? Fall coat? Make sure you can coordinate!

Everyday Staples

Everyday staple scarves
Top row (L-R): 1, 2, 3, Bottom row (L-R): 4, 5, 6

Unlike cold weather scarves, these six options are more everyday-friendly – wear them to class, to work, or to study for a cool, chic, and collected look.

Scarves are a great way to showcase your individual personality; wear pops of color to convey your boundless energy or throw on an equestrian-inspired print to let people know that you are an on-trend kind of girl. Play around with colors, prints, and fabrics to find something that screams “you!” My personal favorite combo? Jeans, boots, tee, cardigan, and a printed scarf. I can’t get enough of that classic (and super easy!) look!

Pretty & Silky

Silky scarves
Top row (L-R): 1, 2, 3, Bottom row (L-R): 4, 5, 6

Finally, scarves can be serious collectors items. (Hi, Hermes! We will own you someday!) You can use these timeless, delicate pieces to step up your office or special occasion look. Lace and silk scarves are classic and can make for beautiful necklace alternatives. In addition, the square shape of many silk scarves means they can be folded and tied into a variety of shapes.

When looking for these pieces, see if you have any family heirlooms lying around; I was recently given two silk scarves that my great-grandmother had purchased in China when she was young! These classic pieces will never go out of style.

Your turn!

Who said that scarves were just for the winter? These essential scarves will work for any season, temperature, occasion, or event! They are a great way to add some color or texture to your look and will remain wardrobe staples for years to come.

Now, as always, we want to hear from you! Do you wear scarves? Do you have a go-to scarf that you throw on daily? What do you think about scarves instead of necklaces? What other accessory essentials are in your closet? Make sure to leave your thoughts in a comment!

Posted on on September 12, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , ,

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24 Responses to “Accessory Essentials: 18 Stylish Scarves for Every Season”

  1. 1
    September 12th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I love scarves, especially the knitted cozy ones for winter!

  2. 2
    September 12th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I love scarves! Do you think you could do a post on different methods of tying/wearing scarves? Some of the ones in the photos look beautiful and I’d love to know how to tie them!

  3. 3
    September 12th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Awesome post! I just bought a bunch of new scarves for the fall, it would be great to see a post on different ways to where them, as somebody mentioned above.

  4. 4
    September 13th, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I love to wear scarves during the winter! But for other seasons I’m not really a fan. Maybe I can try pulling one of for fall but I really prefer the knitted ones and they are not really appropriate for that time of the year…

    Loving the first two ones! :)

  5. 5
    September 13th, 2012 at 6:25 am

    i love love love love LOVE scarves! I live in Taiwan so summer here isn’t the ideal weather for scarves, but I almost always have a lightweight one in my bag. So when i go into the freezing arctic AC rooms, I’ll always have a scarf to keep me warm!

    Plus scarves are the best and easiest way to spice up an outfit! :D

  6. 6
    September 13th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I’ve recently become a major fan of CF and was delighted to see an Irish retailer featured here (A|wear). As I live and study in Ireland a scarf is always a must! Wonderful post, thank you!

  7. 7
    September 13th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I love the idea of scarves as a year-round accessory. However, I’m at a loss for how best to wear them, especially the ones of more slippery materials when it’s not winter. For example, I recently picked up a 100% pure silk scarf. I drape it and it’s constantly slipping. I’m afraid of tying it more tightly for fear of tearing it.

  8. 8
    March 7th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I’m always looking for great creative ways to wear and tie a scarf to post on my website! So far I’ve found 55+ and it’s awesome just having so much variety from one versatile accessory.

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