I love a good scarf, and my obsession with is well documented over the years. From the old blog, IG, and now here, it should be no surprise that scarves are one of my go to accessories! Having snapped #ootd photos since 2010, I learned accessories can make all the difference and scarves can be one of the quickest and easiest ways to add variety to your look. And funny enough one of the most frequently asked questions I get from readers and friends is how to style scarves — so today’s post is all about that topic!
While you can absolutely use the same scarf to achieve different looks, today I’m focusing on 5 different types of scarves that everyone needs in their closet. I’ve built my collection over the years, so start with one or two you love and go from there.
1. Infinity Scarf
The infinity scarf can be the easiest and toughest type of scarf to style. I love the simple shape and that you can just loop it around for a cozy look. But the challenge is in the design — you’re stuck with the length. If you wish your infinity scarf were shorter just add a simple knot or clear hair tie to adjust the length. If it’s too short — sorry I don’t have a hack for you other than to try it on first.
Since the shape stays the same, I’ve started to gravitate towards infinity scarves that are patterned. A pattern let’s you easily change up the look by playing with the design. With this reversible infinity scarf in rich burgundy I’m able to vary the look by playing with the patterns. If I want something more neutral — I show more of the black/white pattern. And I let the burgundy standout if I want a punch of color.
2. Plaid Scarf
Plaid is a classic for a reason. Generally, when I look for this type I prefer an oversized style. Not only does it provide extra warmth and that cozy blanket feel, but it gives you more options for styling. To switch it up — try styling your plaid scarf as a shrug or cape. If you skip the cape idea, try tying your plaid scarf by taking the opposite ends on a diagonal. This will give you a nice drape as opposed to a lot of bulk right around your neck.
3. Animal Print Scarf
Simply enough you need an animal print scarf in your life. It’s my favorite of the bunch and it’s the option I reach for most days. I love the punch of pattern and how it elevates a neutral outfit. This particular scarf comes in complementary leopard prints. Both prints are neutral enough to go with just about anything and chic enough to more than a few heads.
4. Neutral Print
Turns out 4 of the 5 scarfs I’m talking about are prints, but I have a special place for a neutral print scarf. This black and white windowpane version is an oldie from J.Crew, but’s a prime example of what I mean by neutral print. Does it have to be black and white? No, but I think there’s something to be said about having a neutral go to in your closet. Prints are a great way to add a bit of texture and depth to an outfit — especially if you tend to wear solids. I styled this one by making it a faux infinity and knotting the ends in the back. But you could always leave the ends hanging if you like. Since I was wearing a necklace with this look I didn’t want to distract from that and pulled the ends back.
5. Knitted Scarf
Lastly, its time to by some respect to the knitted scarf. This is definitely a fall/winter style and is a great way to stay warm and stylish. This a a fossil scarf I’ve had for years. Sometimes I wear it just as an outwear accessory, but when it’s especially cold I love to make it a part of my outfit like it is here.
Alright so there you have it — the 5 scarves you need in your closet.
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