Since I have only been home for several weeks since studying abroad in Guatemala, I still relive my adventures in my head almost daily. I have become such a fan of the bright, bold and vibrant colorful patterns that were so commonly seen in the pueblos of Guatemala. That being said, I am always on the lookout for those same bright, tribal colors that I can pair with the trendy pieces I have hanging in my closet here in the United States. When I saw this adorable Fashionista shopping in some local boutiques, I was thrilled to see the way she channeled a global vibe with her colorful scarf (ingeniously worn as a belt) while pairing it with a trendy black maxi dress. Although a maxi dress is a basic in most people’s wardrobe, this Fashionista was thinking outside of the box by adding the scarf to belt her ensemble.
A scarf like hers is the perfect accessory that should be a staple in any Fashionista’s closet. There are a multitude of uses for a long scarf and you can fold it to wear as a headscarf, a belt or around your neck. Whether you pick a printed scarf with a something like the map of NYC or a fun scarf with a colorful abstract print, there are so many options out there. Simply make sure that you purchase a lengthy one that isn’t a square or infinity so that you can successfully turn it into a belt when you choose.
Little details like the gold accents on her aviator sunglasses, bag, necklace and bracelet pulled her outfit together even more. Just thinking about the accent colors of your accessories can make a big difference in the overall cohesiveness of any given outfit.
How To: As soon as I spotted this Fashionista, I knew I wanted to style a scarf into my next maxi dress outfit. When I got home and checked out my closet, I saw that I didn’t own any solid colored maxi dresses since I have so many patterned ones. Then I realized that her idea would work just as well by pairing a patterned maxi dress with a solid colored scarf. Now I know I won’t need to purchase any belts for a long time since I have a new favorite way to accentuate my waist when I wear a long dress!