Accessories can make or break an outfit, but they don’t have to break the bank.  Scarves can be a relatively inexpensive addition to any wardrobe (especially vintage scarves which come in many shapes, patterns, and materials!) and they can be worn as belts, on your head, tied around your neck, or slung loose and draped.

Here are three alternative ways to wear a scarf. 

The Headscarf: When you don’t have time to wash and dry your hair, want to keep those unruly bangs out of your face, or want to add an extra kick to your outfit, the headscarf is an easy fix.  You need a longer scarf, and it’s easiest if you pin your hair up with a simple bobby pin.  Take a long scarf and tie it into one knot on your forehead, then cross the ends around each other and tuck them in place behind your head. Think less Queen-Mother and more Grace Kelly.

Cinch and Belt it:  Basics like Shirt-dresses are popular in the summer, but they are a little bland looking.  Spruce up basics with long, thin scarves that can be tied around your waist and cinched in place with a small knot.  Look for scarf patterns and colors that compliment, but don’t add to the muted look.  You want something that makes it pop.

Campfire Style: Not so much Howdy-Doody, as Howdy-Lady.  The key to looking less-cowboy is the pattern.  If you chose a scarf with an old west theme, you are sure to look the part, but if you venture out a little and pick something with a softer look, it can be an elegant alternative. Twist your scarf into a rope and then loop it around your neck once or twice.  Silks or other breathable materials are best, especially during the summer.

-Arianna Schioldager

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