Scarfs are a versatile accessory that women and men can use to dress up an outfit and at the same time provides protection against wind and cold. Throughout the years, several different styles have been developed that have unique design elements that may be good to know before choosing a scarf.
These different design elements are based on what kind of fabric, what shape the scarf has and what dimensions it has. In order to have a well-rounded wardrobe, you should have a small selection of scarfs in your wardrobe that you can use for different seasons and outfits. There are several different places where you can buy scarfs and there are regular clothing stores, vintage shops and designer shops. However, some options may be limited when they come to what they have in store for that season.
In order to use the scarf as a fashion accessory, it is important to know how to style it. You simply need tips. The styling of the scarf is often the same throughout the year because it is usually just the fabric that you change. If it is cooler outside you choose a thicker fabric on the scarf and on the contrary if it is warmer outside.
The first trick that comes about scarfs is to get clear what it is that defines the different types of scarfs. A bandana is a scarf that is cut into a square shape where the sides are about 55 cm long. A boa is a thin and long scarf that is mostly made of fur, feathers or ruffles. The Infinity scarf is a circular scarf that fits over your head and acts as a drape around your neck.
The hip scarf is a scarf that is actually designed to be worn around the hips and there are slightly different shapes on them. The muffler is a long scarf made of a heavier fabric that is usually worn around the neck to allow for warmth. Snood is a tubular scarf that you can wear over your head or shoulders.
Pashmina is the last but not least a long scarf in fine cashmere wool. For the most part, however, scarfs are divided into three categories. Square, oblong and round. The square and oblong are more versatile in their use because you can fold them in different ways depending on what you want them to be. Round scarfs can also be folded but they do not hold the shape so well so you need a brooch or needle to hold it together.
It can be good to know how to fold scarfs if you are going to wear them. Square scarfs can be made oblong or triangular. For an oblong shape, place it on a flat surface, fold it in the middle and then in the middle again. For a triangular shape, you take the upper right corner and weight it so that it meets the lower-left corner. Use irons for the shapes to hold. Elongated scarves can be created as a loop and then thread one end of the scarf through the loop.