As Autumn hits the northern hemisphere, it’s time to pull out the scarves, and possibly refresh your scarf capsule. Scarves come in many sizes, fabrics, weights, colours and patterns. Some are small, square, silky, smooth, lightweight, refined, and neutral. Others are large, bulky, thick, textured, and non-neutral.
On to some Autumn outfit combinations that incorporate scarves. Some outfits might also work well for your Winter.
1. Large Statement Scarf
This is an extremely easy outfit to pull together. In a colour palette that is to your taste, combine a top with a bottom and pair of shoes that work together. Choose neutrals or non-neutrals. Add a scarf that repeats all or some of the colours of the clothing, and Bob’s your uncle. Usually, the scarf is the focal point of the outfit and makes a statement. Here a black pair of leather trousers is paired with an earthy toffee sweater. Black flats match the black bottoms. An autumnal burnt orange patterned scarf that incorporates the tan and black of the clothing components is draped over the top. A bag in any of the colours of the scarf will complete the look.
Here are more examples of the outfit formula. Sometimes, the colours of the scarf are NOT repeated in the clothing components. Instead, they blend, are complementary, and work well anyway. Drape the scarf or knot it in a way that works for you.
2. Matching Knitwear and Scarf
A patterned scarf can perfectly match a patterned item of knitwear to create a delicious set as is shown here. These sets are hard to find, but gaining momentum. If you knit, you can create a set yourself, and throw in a pair of matching socks. The set is easy to wear with a pair of jeans and boots. Or choose a skirt or pair of pants if that’s more your style.
3. Small Silky Scarf
You might prefer to wear a small silky scarf that isn’t as bulky like in the examples shown here. Some are square and some are oblong. They can be folded and knotted with a square knot, or folded into a triangle and worn muffler style. They can also be worn inside shirts and blouses like a cravat.
I like wearing scarves, and usually wear warm woolly ones in cold weather as a statement accessory, but more importantly as a way to insulate and keep warm as I brave the outside elements. Nothing keeps the chill off my neck and chest as effectively as a thick and well-knotted scarf. This Fall, I’m liking the idea of wearing a small and silky equestrian scarf as part of my horse capsule. I’ll enjoy finding just the right one.