Scarves are almost the perfect fashion accessory! Anyone who puts an emphasis on fashion wants their own style to be unique. The cutest outfit will be a disaster if you end up looking like everyone else. To make each and every look truly your own, adorn yourself with a scarf. Scarfs, whether they're made of silk, cashmere, wool, fleece, pashmina or viscose are one of the most versatile fashion accessories out there!
They come in every imaginable shape, size, and material. No matter if you are going for a polished corporate look or a casual boho feel, you can find a one that is just the right addition. Following are some tips to finding the perfect scarf.
Material Scarves come in all sorts of materials. The season in which you plan to wear the it may give you an idea of what to look for. Thick plush scarves in materials like flannel and velvet will not only look great but will offer you extra warmth on cold winter days. Materials like wool and cashmere will add a luxurious touch when the temperatures dip. If you are adorning a summer look, pick lighter fabrics. Satin and polyester blends are thin and cool and will add detail without adding to the heat factor. Some materials are sufficient no matter the season. For year long wear, try materials like silk, knit, and linen.
Size Scarves are available in sizes small enough to tuck in a jacket pocket or large enough to wrap as a dress. Think about your outfit to decide which size will work best. If you want to just add a splash of color to a conservative suit, consider tiny silk scarves that will just peak out. For a more dramatic effect, purchase a large one that will be the most important part of the outfit. You can also buy scarves that are intended to be outwear like a shawl or wrap. Another great way to use a scarf is as a head wrap or headband to bring a boring look truly to life. They are also a great way to customize a purse, bag, or briefcase. Simply tie it to the handle for a look that is totally you.
Color and Pattern Color and pattern are very important when picking your scarf. You can purchase a one in a very neutral solid such as black or khaki if you want to be able to wear it with many different outfits. Solid basic colors will also make sure the overall look is classic. If you want to really express yourself, buy a scarf with bold colors and patterns. Using too much color or pattern in your main pieces can end up looking gaudy, but adding the color or pattern as a removable accessory item will allow you to express your artistic side without looking ridiculous. Some patterns also have actual meaning to them, so you can use these scarves not only to look fantastic, but to express some of your inner beliefs. Some patterns are also specific to a certain region of the world or ethnicity, so you can proudly display your national heritage. There are scarves for every occasion, every season, and every style. If you want to add personal flavor to your wardrobe, there is no better way than by adding this perfect accessory.
A Style Guide to Wearing a Belt Accessory Belts are the perfect way to introduce a chic pop of color, texture or bling to any outfit; this waist-wringing item is one of few accessories that can take any outfit up a notch, from fine to fantastic.
Where to Wear the Belt Traditionally worn for their aptitude for pulling in waists to create the most feminine of figures, belts are now migrating all over the torso, from just below the bust line, to the natural waist, and even slung low around the hips.
Cinching a wide belt around the smallest part of your torso - your natural waist - emphasizes and slims this very feminine zone while accentuating sexy curves.
Thick belts create the most dramatic, waist-narrowing looks since they brace your body in a corset-like fashion. Look for sturdy or stretchy materials such as solid and woven leathers, reinforced layers of satin, and thick, wide elastic bands that can comfortably resist all the bending and sitting you're likely to do over the course of a day.
If you want to stand out, get creative and fashion yourself a belt out of unconventional materials. Belts can be made out of a variety of innovative fabrics and closures. Mix it up by swapping buckles for bows, hooks and snaps, and trade the usual leather wrap-around for stretchy elastics, menswear-inspired cummerbunds, kimono-inspired silky obi sashes, and bands of fabric.
Skinny belts are a lovely complement to dainty dresses and separates; extra long slender belts look super stylish when wound many times around the waist or hips.
Skinny belts are often fabricated out of barely-there strips of leather, chain links and rope. And because skinny belts are so slim, you can go for a bright splash of color or a shimmering metallic finish without dominating the outfit.
Remember to keep in mind your body's proportions when choosing a belt; an ultra slinky skinny belt might visually add weight to a plus sized woman, whereas a slightly thicker medium width belt will produce a more balanced skinny-belt look.
Belt at the Waist Tightly fastened, bellybutton grazing belts are the by far the most popular way to rock the belt this season:
Wear a thick or thin waist-level belt with a pair of high-waisted trousers, belted over a naughty secretary pencil skirt, or cinched over a simple shift dress.
Tie together separates - tops, sweaters, skirts, trousers or jeans - by wearing a waist-hugging thick or thin belt over light layers for a more refined look.
Give definition to day dresses by nipping them in with textured, woven, cut-out or plaited medium and thick belts.
Amp up the allure of a curve-flattering sheath dress with a patent leather belt or a decorative belt studded with crystals, rhinestones, gemstones, sequins, and metallic finishes.
Accentuate your curves and add sharp focus to tailored jackets and structured shirts by looping your waist with a belt.
Empire Waist Belt (Below the Bust) Belts worn just below the bust line enhance the bosom and should be slight, skinny and simple. Look for thin belts in contrasting colors made from patent leather, alligator, suede, or a daintily bow-tied ribbon. Unless your garment already has empire height belt loops - and since gravity will want to bring your belt down past your thinner natural waist - you'll need discretely stitch loose loops into its outer seams.
Belt at the Hips Low-slung belts draw the eye to more womanly curves: the hips. The most relaxed and casual mode of wearing a belt, hip-hugging belts do wonders for tunics, casual shift dresses, trendy low-rise jeans and boho skirts, adding a ring of color and a finishing touch of flair and personality to the outfit.
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