After I wrote about the various items I was coveting this fall I got THREE WHOLE EMAILS asking me to talk about my love of scarves, and how exactly I integrate them into my life.
You can laugh, but I was shocked.
Even though I'm a little nervous to talk about fashion again, scarves are near and dear to me, and in a moment of total narcissism (looking through all the pictures that are tagged of me on Facebook and getting rid of the ones that might get me fired) I realized that there are a LOT of pictures on the internet of me in scarves. LOTS.
So, let's get to it shall we?
I have probably 30 scarves. Thick, thin, long, short, plain, crazy, soft and scratchy. I think that's the key to scarves. You have to have a lot to choose from so you always have something to add to your outfit.
The most tried and true way to wear a scarf in MY book is to take the scarf, let the ends meet, grab the fold in one hand, and the bottoms in the other, place the middle of the scarf on the back of your neck, and then feed the bottoms through the loop. This will give you a nice little loop around your neck, and it works for lightweight scarves in the warmer months, and gives your neck full coverage in the colder months.
Look how happy we are to be wearing scarves!
I usually only do this loop scarf 'trick' when I have a shorter scarf. BUT, here you can see I threw caution to the wind and decided that with a lightweight scarf and the opportunity to ride a saddle in the middle of the room that the loop scarf look would still work.
My guide is usually if the bottom of the scarf comes down more than a few inches past the top of my jeans I don't wrap my scarf in this loop manner.
If the scarf is too long I usually opt for a double wrap around the neck.
Take the scarf and place one of the ends where you would like it to lay on your chest. I usually want the bottom pieces of each scarf to rest either right below my tats or hitting the very top of my jeans. Depends on how long your scarf is really.
Don't ask why, I just do it this way.
With one bottom in place I take the loose scarf and wrap it in two big loops around my neck, finishing with the other end of the scarf resting in the same place as the first. Pull on the loops to adjust how long or short you want the hanging scarf pieces to fall.
Here my friend Naomi and I are rocking two very different styles! She is opting for the loop scarf look seeing as her scarf is shorter, and I am rocking the double wrap. We are also adding additional accessories such as wine to the mix for an added pop of color.
And really, now that I'm looking at this shot I would probably pull on the loops to loosen them a little around my neck, pulling the bottom of the scarf up a bit higher.
Apparently my wine 'accessory' was keeping me from managing my scarf correctly.
Please excuse the hookah and my closed eyes in this next example. This is a lesson about scarves, not hookahs.
I am actually wearing a dress here, so the double wrap helped turn a sort of dull one color dress into something with layers and fantasticness.
At least in my book.
And lastly for the double wrap, I personally believe the double wrap is the best way to ensure warmth with a nice wool coat. You can fluff up the loops to get a lot of neck coverage, and there is something about the look of a well fitting coat with a bundle of bright scarf at the top that makes me go all Rachel Zoe and say things like, "Bananas."
Ahhhh! I almost forgot!
My last tip for the double wrap is if your scarf is STILL too long after wrapping it around yourself twice, maybe even three times, take the remaining hanging scarf material and tie it in a simple knot around your neck or down as low as your chest. This will shorten up the hanging pieces and give a little detail you don't always see in the scarf wearing community.
I also suggest you pose for pictures with your mouth open catching snowflakes.
The last scarf wearing example I want to show you that I hardly ever use is the free hanging scarf.
I only use this method if the scarf is thin enough, and the perfect length, hitting right around my jeans. I wore this red scarf, a lovely cashmere number loose because I didn't want to distract from my neckline, or the cute little detail the shirt had at the meeting of the V.
Aka I didn't want to cover The Girls on New Years Eve!
(Please stop looking at this pose. It's terrible and burning my eyes.)
As the night wore on I threw one side of the scarf over my shoulder, because I'd had enough to drink to think I was a movie star.
But I applaud drunk Ashley because I think the look is quite nice!
OH, I almost forgot skinny scarf!
This one I don't do too often either, but if you have a very skinny scarf that isn't too long you can do a once wrap, and let the two ends dangle. The length has to be just right, and on this particular night I was borrowing my friend Naomi's scarf and the planets aligned and I got to try something a little different.
Different in the world of scarves that is.
Exciting! Crazy! Danger!
So there you have it.
The many ways I choose to wear scarves.
Some may work for you, some may not.
But I think the great thing about scarves is they are a cheap, simple, re-wearable accessory that can add a lot to the look of an outfit and also give you much needed warmth and comfort.
How'd that picture get in here?
With enough drinks you too can get your boyfriend to wear a scarf for a black and white themed party.
But please, if you're going to use the image to later embarrass him, DON'T MAKE A STUPID FACE IN THE PICTURE.
Because then when you show it to the world, you'll both end up embarrassed, and where is the fun in that?