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How to choose the right scarf and where to buy the best ones

A scarf is one of the most versatile accessories in a wardrobe. It can be paired with a variety of outfits and is crucial enough to make or break a look at times. People often like wearing it differently than usual, for instance like a hair accessory — bandana or headscarf. And, if you’re wondering how to style it with different outfits, read on for some clever tips and which ones to buy.

How can I choose the best scarves for different outfits?

If you want to accentuate a boho outfit, you can wrap a paisley printed scarf around your head. A multicoloured scarf worn like a bandana also looks great on a boho dress. On the flip side, you can amp up your formal look with a simple soft scarf. Try the peppy neck tie in this case. Drape it around your neck in a way that one end is longer than the other. Take the longer end and loop it twice around your neck. Create an off-centre half knot with both the ends and you’re done!

Another unique way of wearing it is the kimono style. This one’s pretty simple and goes well with solid coloured tees. All you need to do is tie the adjacent corners of your scarf to make it look like a rectangle. Drape it around your shoulders and use the loop holes to put in your arms. It ends up looking like a flowy shrug over your tee. If you like wearing multicoloured tees, pick a minimalist one for a better contrast.

If your scarf is long and oversized like a shawl, you may consider wearing it like a halter-neck sarong or a waist wrap when you’re out on the beach. One of the best things about it is that there is no one way of wearing it. You can knot it up and give it any shape you like or simply let it hang from your shoulders.

Types of scarves to experiment with

There is an array of options to choose from. You can wear it in summers as well as winters, styling it the way you wish. A blanket, faux fur , and a wool scarf are some of the best winter options while a cashmere scarf, a cotton scarf and a silk scarf is perfect for the summer season.

Below, a look at some of the best scarves to pair your outfits with

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Want to transform a simple attire into something iconic? Here’s the best solution. Drape this silk scarf from Burberry around your arms and look like a boho queen. The signature TB monogram pattern covers the central part of the item bringing out a subtle elegance.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 780

This otherwise plain looking scarf from Gucci is accentuated by its frayed edges. The light blue shade complements attires in simple shades or multicoloured prints. Made from 100 percent cotton, the item is soft to touch and feels comfortable on your skin.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 3,150

So versatile and chic is its design that this satiny soft scarf from Max Mara doesn’t require a lot of styling. You can simply throw it around your neck and end up looking sophisticated. It can go well with simple jeans and a top, or a blouse and skirt too.

Image: Courtesy Nordstrom

Price
S$ 410.28

Tory Burch has come up with a versatile, oversized silk scarf, much to the delight of all the accessory lovers out there! Tie your hair in a pony or wrap it in a loose knot around your neck, there is no end to how you can style this piece. The brand logo features right at the centre, adding a classy touch to the design.

Image: Courtesy Nordstrom

Price
S$ 428.79

Jazz up your look with this floral patterned, lightweight and classic scarf from Nordstrom. Drape it around your arms, knot it around your neck, or let it trail by the side of your handbag! Each end of this gorgeous piece is finished with tassels to further accentuate its beauty.

Image: Courtesy Nordstrom

Price
S$ 79.10

Amp up your look with this intricately crafted stole by Etro. The product is made from pure silk and features paisley print all over its body. Another unique feature of this scarf is the use of metallic threads that lend a charming finish to it. Pair it with a western casual or an ethnic dress to make your own style statement.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 409

If you’re into kids fashion, this cute teddy bear printed Moschino scarf is sure to steal your heart. Designed in a rainbow pattern with vibrant colours, the square shaped piece can make any outfit peppy and charming. The product is made from 100 percent silk and has the brand name woven in bold red right below the teddy print.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 70

This monogram scarf by Karl Lagerfeld is a must have in your winter accessory collection. Woven with an exquisite blend of modal wool, this vibrant scarf adds a pop of colour to a minimalist and heavy winter look. The KARL monogram features all over its body within an ombré effect frame.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 100

Keep it simple and classy with this Tommy Hilfiger silk scarf. The graphic print with floral motifs on the scarf lends a rustic charm to this piece. Whether you tie it around your handbag or knot it around your neck, it looks sophisticated nonetheless. This sports luxe inspired product is made from 100 percent silk.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 76

If you believe in eco-friendly and sustainable marketing, this monogram jacquard scarf by Calvin Klein is for you. 50 percent of the materials used to craft this piece are certified for having a low environmental impact. The scarf features a monogram print all over its body in a white and beige contrast and goes well with any attire.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 89

This one’s a favourite among all the bikers out there! Alexander McQueen has created this iconic skull printed scarf which can be wrapped around your neck or worn like a bandana. It gives out a sporty, adventurous vibe and has the potential to make you look like a rockstar.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 245

Versace is known for its out-of-the-box designs and this baroque printed scarf is no exception. Crafted with pure silk, the scarf can add a regal touch to any look. The finishing details along with the fuchsia and white coloured contrast is something rarely observed in scarves. Bring out the diva in you by donning this piece with a casual dress.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 520

This finely knitted, salmon pink Vivienne Westwood scarf looks great with a casual attire on a brunch outing with your girlfriends. You can find the logo embroidered at the bottom right corner. The design idea for this item is inspired from the fringe material worn by the European legend, Wildman.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 160

Coccinelle weaves this logo plaque silk scarf for those who like it formal. The scarf is designed in a way that it can be worn like a tie with a formal suit. This silk piece has a pointed tip and comes in dual colour tones exuding a luxurious shine.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 84

If you’re a scarf enthusiast, you’d love this printed piece from Lanvin. Made from 100 percent cotton, this stole adds a chic touch to your outfit making you stand apart from the crowd. Pair it with a light coloured blouse and a skirt or a pair of trousers to make a unique style statement.

Image: Courtesy Farfetch

Price
S$ 114

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Are scarves still in fashion?

Answer: Scarves have always been in trend irrespective of the season. You can wear them like mufflers in winters or accessorise your hair with a floral bandana whenever you like.

Question: How to style scarves?

Answer: Scarves are versatile pieces that can be styled like a bandana, a knotted tie or can be wrapped around the handle of your handbag as well. You can pair your scarves with formal or casual attires.

Question: What are the best coloured scarves?

Answer: There is no best colour for your scarf. You may pair a light coloured scarf with a dark coloured attire for a good contrast or vice versa. Multicoloured scarves also go well with nude-toned outfits.

Question: What are the types of scarves?

Answer: Scarves are made from a variety of materials. You can buy various scarves including a wool blend scarf, a silk scarf, a cashmere scarf and a plaid scarf. They can also be embroidered, beaded, lacy, block printed or hand painted.

Question: Which scarf goes with everything?

Answer: Ideally, a medium length, nude coloured scarf can be paired with any outfit.

Question: Which scarves can be used in summer?

Answer: Cotton scarves are ideal for summer as they are soft on your skin and can be used to shade yourself from the blazing sun.

Nikita Baruah
Known for fun copies and puns, Nikita started her journey in the field of content during her under-grad. While the endless Anthropology assignments took a toll on her batchmates, she found solace in creating quirky analogies. Nikita aspires to travel the world and explore food, culture and more.
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