A simple scarf allows you to play with colour, texture, and pattern—they’re a quick finishing touch for any outfit. Here are 5 common scarf fabrics and a few ways to tie them up in style:
The classic cotton scarf is durable and easy to launder. This breathable fabric is best suited to drier climates since cotton absorbs moisture and can make you feel colder. How to wear: Drape the scarf around your neck with one end longer than the other. Take the longer end and wrap it around your neck once more. Both ends should be more or less even.
Lightweight and breathable, linen scarves work best as layering pieces when you know you’ll be indoors. Note that they do tend to wrinkle, so get a scarf with a pattern so you aren’t constantly feeling rumpled. How to wear: Since linen is so light, an infinity scarf—a swatch of fabric fashioned into a loop—looks beautiful in this fabric. Wear over a simple t-shirt or cardigan to add an extra layer of interest to your outfit.
Stretchy and soft, cotton jersey will provide some protection from the wind, but absorbs moisture that can potentially lead to a clammy feeling scarf. Save your jersey for less frigid days, or for when you won’t be spending much time outdoors. How to wear: Twist the scarf a few times and then wrap around the neck; finish by tying the ends into a loose knot over your chest. This will keep your neck extra cozy.
One of the most luxurious fabrics, cashmere is soft and light, and makes a wonderfully cozy scarf to protect against cold weather. Since it’s wool, it can absorb over 30% of its weight in water before feeling damp. How to wear: Take both ends of the scarf and make them even before draping over the neck. Grab the loop on the other side and pull both ends through it. This European style makes fitting the scarf under a coat a breeze, and keeps icy drafts from reaching your neck.
Made from the cashmere wool of the pashmina goat, pashminas come in a rainbow of colours to match any winter jacket. How to wear: Pashmina’s are true multi-taskers that can be worn as a scarf or a shawl. They come in handy when attending an evening event—simply drape it over your shoulders for an elegant look.
This article was originally published on TheKit.ca
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