Bygone are the days a scarf singularly adorns the neck. Here are six ways to mix it up.
As the icy months crescendo into a balmy, buoyant, spring air, it’s time to bid a merciful goodbye to the encumbering, lead-weight layers of winter fashion and a hearty hello to the fanciful and feathery spring scarf. In celebration of this beloved-fashion fixture, we are challenging the status quo by defying the ways in which you can style a timeless and sophisticated Fox & Chave silk scarves, or alternatively, one that’s been lingering, unloved, in the back of your closet.
1. Artful Accoutrement
Inject some life and levity onto a dark winter bag, with a vibrant pop of colour. Adding a scarf to a handbag may seem like fashion minutiae, but the guiding principle in fashion is the small details invariably maximize a look with minimal effort.
Get the look:
Customize your handbag by knotting your scarf at the base of one strap.
Twist it along the length of the strap.
Tie a loose knot once you reach the other side.
Tie a bow around the base of one handle and simply let the hems naturally cascade and fall low.
2. Bold & Belted
Add a touch of Parisian panache to any spring outfit by introducing a scarf belt. For everyday wear, try it with denim. Tie around a dress or skirt to add some poise and polish to your work look. Go ahead! Harness the trimming and slimming powers of a simple scarf belt.
Get the casual look:
1) Fold the scarf diagonally and roll it into a strip.
2) Dial-up your denim by simply threading the scarf through the belt loops.
3) Tie a loose knot in the front, off-cantered, and let the ends hang low and asymmetrical. Alternatively, finish with a clean bow.
Get the business look:
1) Drape a pencil skirt or structured dress with a waist belt to give the illusion of a svelte figure. If you don a solid dress colour, you can add personality with a print-emblazoned scarf.
2) Tie a loose knot in the front, off-cantered, and let the ends hang low and asymmetrical. Alternatively, finish with a clean bow.
3. Breezy, Nomadic, Headband:
The spring/summer 2019 fashion world saw a renaissance of the 70’s-flared, bohemian headscarf. From Prada to Kate Middleton, the headscarf was a leading summer fashion motif on and off the runway. As we hurriedly turn the corner into Spring 2020, there’s a resurgence of fantasy beauty and a scarf, in the hair, is no exception.
Breezy, Nomadic Headband:
Fold your scarf in succession until you’ve created a long, thin, rectangular band.
Take the thin strip and wrap it around the base of your head. Hold the tail ends in front of you. The ends should be the same length.
Combine the ends together so they overlap at the top of your forehead. Knot and twist the ends as you bring them to the back of your head.
To secure the scarf, tie a knot and tuck in any excess material into the back, or let it hang. Now you have a decidedly bold headscarf.
4. Iconic, Old Hollywood Headscarf:
A la Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. You can pair this off-duty look with vintage, cat-framed sunglasses. It’s perfect for a blustery spring day. Whether you’re puttering around the shops or meandering on a drizzly walk, it’ll keep you dry and warm. This headscarf has a two-pronged purpose. It not only preserves your hair from getting waterlogged and frizzy, but it also boasts a no-frills, effortless elegance that keeps you ahead of the fashion curve.
To achieve the starlet, 1950’s aesthetic:
Take the widest part of the scarf and place it flush atop your head.
Take the ends, tighten them, and pull them down towards your chin, or at the back of your neck.
Tie a loose knot.
Tuck in any loose ends as desired.
Feel free to use hair grips as needed.
5. Spring Shawl:
This customary spring accessory not only counters the evil chill, that you might experience on an evening out, but it can also elevate a much-loved LB D with a luminescent spark of warmth. Springtime means more outdoor activities. No longer are you a perennial homebody with your head in the sand evading winter at all costs. If you’re headed to the opera with your beloved, or you’re off to a spring wedding, gussy up and ornament your shoulders with the warmest silk in town: the Poshmina. It has a modish, opulent, and stately look to it. It’ll give you that winning fashion edge and complete any formal, evening look while keeping you cosy and warm.
To get this look:
Sprawl your scarf over your shoulders.
Take the ends hovering over your shoulders and tie them atop your chest for fastening.
You can also use a square scarf that is folded in half to make a triangle.
Enjoy this demure look well-into the spring-summer months.
6. Spring Cause:
One of the best ways to put a spring in your step is by supporting a cause you believe in. White rhinos are headed toward extinction, which is why Fox & Chave have created this beautiful silk scarf in partnership with artist Jane Bristowe. Royalties from these sales are donated to Tusk in support of rhino conservation efforts.
How to sport your support:
1) Fold and wear as outlined in all 5 looks above. 2) Or to really switch it up, and add a splash of colour to your home, why not try fixing it to the wall. What a great conversation piece!
Winter is a principal fashion offender. The stinging, sub-zero temperatures force us to make some fashion missteps. Cheery colours and soft textures are consigned into oblivion. While dark and bedraggled accessories fall into favour. But once the much-maligned winter frost turns to budding daffodils, goloshes, and the smell of grass, it’s a cue to do some spring cleaning in your wardrobe and bring out the spring scarf.
Stay ready for spring by adding these six scarf styling tips to your fashion arsenal. There are so many ways and incarnations to style a simple scarf. Tell us some of your favourites in the comments below. Don’t have any suitable scarves? Check out the Fox & Chave collection today.