There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are falling, and the clouds are gifting us with rain almost every day – which means it’s scarf season! Scarves are a great way to stay warm during the colder months, and they make a perfect accessory. Want to add a pop of colour to your outfit? Add a silk scarf. Feeling a bit chilly? Wrap yourself up in a blanket scarf. It’s the ultimate functional Autumn fashion accessory. But as well as having thousands of scarves on the market, did you know there are dozens of different ways you can wear them too?
The Types Of Scarf
When it comes to scarves, there are lots of different styles and materials, but they ultimately break down into:
Cotton: The most popular type of scarf, almost every woman has one in her wardrobe. Simple material that can be printed with all sorts of colours and patterns, and they go with pretty much everything. Cotton scarves can be layered to keep you warm while staying breathable.
Wool: A simple, comfy classic – wool is the material you put on when you need to bundle up warm in the coldest weather. They can often be found with a fringe at the ends, or in chunky cable knit patterns.
Cashmere: Cashmere is a silky soft material made from the fibres of cashmere goats. It’s considered an incredibly luxurious material, and while it is very lightweight, it can also be very cosy when wrapped around your neck a couple of times.
Chiffon: Chiffon is a silky material that’s almost completely see-through, which makes it a popular option for summer styles. They’re ideal for creating soft, flowing looks as an accessory, but aren’t really known for their warmth!
Pashmina: Pashminas are well-known for being super soft and cosy. They’re also lightweight, which makes them perfect for this time of year, when you don’t want to be weighed down by too much fabric.
Blanket Scarf: Blanket scarves are thick and cosy, usually made from wool, cashmere or pashmina. They’re long, wide scarves that are big enough that they could be used as a blanket – which is where they get their name. You can wrap and tie them to make a scarf, or you can drape it over your shoulders as an impromptu shawl.
Infinity Scarf: Infinity scarves can be made of pretty much any material. What makes them different is that instead of being a strip of fabric, it’s a continuous loop. You generally have to loop them around your neck twice to wear them, and you can make them shorter or longer depending on how tight you pull the loops.
The Loop Method
The easiest way to wear any scarf, but especially a nice thick blanket scarf, is the loop method. Any scarf can become an infinity scarf this way. It keeps you nice and covered up (perfect for cold weather) without being too bulky or uncomfortable. All you do is:
- Layer your scarf around the back of your neck, and pull the ends so that one is longer than the other.
- Wrap the longer end loosely around your neck.
- Tuck the ends underneath to create an infinity loop.
From there you can layer with a cardigan or jacket, and be ready to face even the harshest winter winds.
The Loose Knot
Nothing beats a classic! A loose knot scarf is perfect for this point in the year, when we still have the odd warm but breezy day and we haven’t quite seen snow yet! All you have to do is fold your scarf in half lengthwise and drape it over your neck. Then take the loose ends and thread them through each other, giving them a light tug to form a knot. This style doesn’t hug the scarf too tightly to your neck, so you don’t risk overheating.
If you want more frontal coverage and easy wear, a square scarf is a must for your wardrobe. To wear this type of scarf all you need to do is fold it in half along the centre so that you have a triangle of fabric. Then grab each end and wrap it around your neck! You can tie the ends, or you can leave them loose. This style is perfect for wearing with blazers, button-down shirts and biker jackets.
When it comes to scarves, the only limit is your imagination! There are so many ways to style scarves to match your look, they’re the perfect accessory at any time of year. You can even coordinate them with your lingerie for an extra-spicy evening! Whatever you choose to do, just remember there’s no such thing as too many scarves.