It’s wintertime and you are decked in the essential cold-weather accessories: a beanie, some cozy gloves, multiple layers of various garments, a warm overcoat, and of course, a scarf. During wintertime, it’s nearly impossible to leave the house without grabbing a scarf from your closet. They have always been a closet staple that never really go out of the trending list, and are especially useful as they are stylish for those who live in colder climates.
A Bit of History
Ever wonder how people from earlier civilizations began wearing scarves way back then? Citizens of Ancient Rome were found to have used scarves much differently compared to the manner of usage we know today. The Romans use scarves not as garments to shield themselves from the cold, but as sweat cloth for their face and neck during hot weather. Ancient Chinese, on the other hand, used scarves to identify high-ranking officials and warriors.
Scarves only started to become fashion accessories in the early 19th century in France, England, and other European countries. Scarves began being fashionable when Hermes produced the first ready-to-wear graphic silk scarf in 1837. The scarf rose in popularity thanks to Queen Victoria’s influence during this period.
Step Up Your Scarf Game
Matching your scarf properly with the rest of your outfit can spell the difference between a gorgeous ensemble and a fashion disaster. For a lot of people, matching scarves with the rest of their outfits can be more trouble than it’s worth. Thankfully, we’ve gathered a series of tips to help you and make your outfit-matching choices a bit easier.
Understand the Color Wheel
When it comes to any outfit, it’s always vital to pay attention to the colors and how they work. There are basic concepts and ideas from the color wheel that can guide you in choosing what exactly are the right colors to mix and match with one another.
Picking complementary colors means you are choosing opposite sides that greatly contrast each other. Going monochrome is settling for varying shades of the same color for a uniform look. Analogous colors are those that are next to each other on the wheel, giving them a natural gradient. Triadic colors are those spread evenly apart while tetradic colors are two sets of complementary pairs. Using these color ideas when choosing what you wear with your scarf goes a long way to achieve that perfect look.
Mix Solid Colors with Patterns
Colors aren’t the only way you can determine how to pair your scarf. Pairing patterned scarves with solid colored tops or dresses is a simple combination you can try out. The strongest color will usually dictate the highlight color or pattern in your scarf. You can use the color wheel guide we mentioned earlier for your next outfit!
Choose the Monochromatic Route
An exciting way to match your scarf is to build an outfit with a uniform color scheme. It can be made of the same color or hues and shades that are close to each other. It will certainly be a statement to wear a khaki scarf with similarly-colored dresses and Chelsea boots. Wearing an all-grey ensemble with a scarf with the same hue will also achieve a classy, statement look.
Experiment with Prints and Patterns
Wearing a scarf that matches the print of your shirt is another playful combination when paired with a solid colored jacket or coat. Throw in a polka dot scarf over a polka dot shirt to add an element of cuteness to your outfit. You can also try mixing different patterns with distinct colors and sizes together.
Match your Handbag
It’s no secret that handbags are one of the most beloved fashion accessories for women all around the world. Pairing your scarf with different bags can be a lot of mixing and matching fun especially for women with an extensive collection. Match your scarf and handbag to highlight or accent the colors of your outfit.
Amp Up your Neutrals
If you’re a gal who likes to rock leather jackets and other neutral-toned clothes, spice them up by using a scarf as an accent color. Add a new dimension to an otherwise statement but boring outfit.
Tying Up your Scarf
Scarves also have their own little rules when it comes to tying and wrapping them around your neck. There are numerous methods and styles of knots to choose from based on your style. You can tie your scarf using a French Knot, the Necklace, the Double-sided Twist, the Scarf-Wrap, and a lot more. You can even recreate some of the knots and ties of some of your adored style icons for an added flare. It’s all about seeing which style suits you the most!
Going by your Hair & Skin Tone
Always choose a scarf that will flatter your face and complement your hair and skin tone. You may wear a black dress, for example, even if you think it makes you look pale as long as you wear a scarf with vivid colors.
Make A Statement with Your Scarf
Whether you’re simply looking for new ideas on what to wear for winter or become chic, there are numerous ways to mix and match scarves with your outfit. The tips we stated above are just some of the ways you can make a statement. Feel free to experiment with what types of scarves work for you. Mix, match, and have fun looking perfect!