STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Multipurpose Scarf

Style Advice of the Week

As a college student, it’s a safe bet to say that you probably have an abundance of scarves in all different styles and with good reason. A chunky knit scarf is obviously different from a light chiffon scarf which in turn is absolutely nothing like an elegant silk scarf. Everyone knows that the scarf is the staple accessory, doubling both as a heat provider and a fashion statement that is used to instantly tie together an outfit. Most people, however, tend to stick to wearing it as a neckpiece.

This Fashionista took a fresh approach to the everyday scarf. While there is nothing wrong with wearing a scarf the more traditional way, another function of the scarf is often overlooked. The right kind of material and cut of a scarf can make it the perfect warm weather outer layer. This Fashionista took a simple silk printed scarf and draped it over a simple yellow dress for an overall retro-elegant look. Of course, not all scarves can serve as light outerwear, so be sure to look for large, often more square styles in order to recreate this look. Nordstrom has several such scarves in both solid colors and more intricately detailed prints.

The chic sophistication of the top is balanced out perfectly in this outfit by the sky-high heels this Fashionista is sporting. The strappy pump with thick heels is very in-style right now and is the perfect summer heel that works for every occasion! You can find a similar pair here. The key to wearing such bold heels is to make sure that the rest of the outfit is slightly more conservative and to keep accessories neutral and to a minimum. Together with the silk scarf and modestly cut dress, these heels complete an outfit perfect for a spring wedding, formal event or awards ceremony. In this case, the Fashionista wore this classy ensemble to a fancy lunch out.

With the oncoming of warmer weather (finally), it can be difficult to find the perfect stylish outerwear that won’t be too heavy or too restricting. So, the next time you find yourself looking for a lightweight jacket to complete your outfit, look no further than your closet. I guarantee you have some sort of scarf in there that can double as a shawl so you can channel your inner Jackie Kennedy Onassis with ease.

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