The Wrap-Up on Scarves

Three Modern Versatile Trends

There’s been a shift with the way fashion looks at scarves. The former last minute add-ons have been elevated to a key accessory with the ability to transform an outfit from basic to playful, dramatic or dressy. The trend makes looking fashionable easier than ever, as today’s scarves beg for compliments.
 
The newest shapes, sizes and lightweight fabric blends allow you to drape, fold, tuck, tie, twist and transform the pieces into looks inspired by your favorite fashion Pins and magazines. To get more comfortable tying scarves, practice, practice, practice in front of a mirror. You’ll be surprised at how they almost magically appear to style themselves!
 
Here are three favorites:
 
The latest skinny scarf is sheer, long and very, very slim. It’s often embellished with beads, sequins, grommets or pearls. What may look like a dressy piece, will also make an on-trend statement with casual jeans and a sweater.  Place it at the neck in a reverse wrap, allowing the ends to hang free in front. Or, knot it softly, front and center, for the look of a necklace.
 
The bandana scarf with its chic makeover this season comes in fresh colors and prints and is cut a bit larger than the old standby. Holding opposite ends of the bandana, fold the scarf into a triangle, then wrap and fold or knot it to the side.
 
This latest large square scarf has been supersized. Seek out and experiment with versions so pliable that they fold down to almost nothing, or can billow and layer into a dramatic finish over an outfit, jacket or coat. They can double as a shawl draped over the shoulders for warmth and even more stylish options.
Scarves are one of those very personal accessories that look best in patterns or colors you are immediately drawn to--that you can’t pass up because you feel a definite connection. Do the colors enhance your complexion? Will the scarf work with the things you already have in your closet? If a pattern is distracting, the scarf seems too big and overwhelming or doesn’t feel good next to your skin—try another. You’ll wear your scarves with confidence and more often if you love the way they look on you.

Look Good, Feel Good

Finding Confidence and Power Through Style

Believe it or not, scientists have actually studied the connection between our appreciation of clothes and how we approach the world. Turns out, if you look good (or at least if you think you do!), you have more self-confidence, which contributes to feeling better overall. The phenomena is called enclothed cognition and it explains why a red dress can make you feel sexy, or a single color head to toe (namely white or black) feels so chic.
 
How does it work? Enclothed cognition is all about association. Think Beyonce’s got the market cornered on sexy? Emulate her for date night. See Scandal’s Olivia Pope as the epitome of power? Streamline your interview outfit to reflect one of her looks. Digging Sienna Miller’s relaxed boho vibe in last summer’s Vogue sailboat spread? Pack your vacation bag accordingly.
 
Why? Because by approximating the style of women you personally associate with power, sex appeal, confidence, glamour or any other attribute, you will automatically feel more of that attribute. And not to worry – you don’t need to have a celebrity bank account to harness their so-called star power! You be a constellation unto yourself by wearing any particular brand or item of clothing that has meaning to you, even if you’re the only one who knows it. Consider what a good pair of blank-me pumps, a power pencil skirt or a glowing skin tone can do! Bottom line: far from a frivolous expense, every item of your wardrobe and personal style contributes to your power!
 
How’s that for dressing for success?!
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