Knot Master

3 July 2017

By Musa Bwanali


Scarves are the number one accessory in winter but how many of us know how to really rock them? There is no doubt that this fun accessory can change the look of an outfit in one second, not to mention that they will help to keep you warm. But if you don’t know how to wear your scarf you’ll find yourself with a dozen scarves and still be frustrated each morning. I consider scarves a wardrobe essential particularly because they are easy on the purse. Use this scarf guide as an inspiration to incorporate scarves into your outfits year all winter, and anytime you feel a breeze.


TYPES OF SCARVES
Yes, scarves come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. They can have embellishments or fringe and there are different ways to wear each type of scarf, depending on size and your personal style.


RECTANGULAR SCARVES
Rectangular scarves, also known as oblong scarves, are probably the most popular type in general. These long scarves can be worn loose, looped, or knotted in multiple ways. Materials range from lightweight cotton to silk to wool, and a variety of blended materials. You can find them in solids, florals, prints, stripes and plaids. They also come in knitted versions, from lacy to chunky.


SQUARE SCARVES
Square scarves are less common these days and come in a variety of sizes from 16 to 60 inches. Smaller square scarves are called a neckerchief. They always remind me of flight attendants, with their jaunty colors tied around their neck. There is also the bandanna, a more informal type of small square scarf that is used for practical purposes during physical activity, like hiking. Both of these can also serve as a headscarf. Larger squares, can be tied and worn in a variety of styles. Materials range from lightweight cotton to silk to wool, and a variety of blended materials. You can find them in solids, florals, prints, stripes and plaids.


INFINITY OR LOOP SCARVES
Infinity or loop scarves are relatively new on the scene and have gained popularity over the last few years for their ease of use. They are what we call “throw and go” scarves. You throw them on, loop them once, and go. These come in some really nice lightweight summer florals madras check, or stripes for summer, and heavier cotton, silk, and wool blends for winter in a variety of plaids, prints, and solids. Like their rectangular counterparts, they can also come in knitted versions, from lacy to chunky.

 

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