A Chic Silk Scarf: Fashionista Must Have

Thursday, October 23, 2008

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Echo "Avenue" Scarf

$58.50 (was $78-- save 25%!)
Available at: macys.com

Whether you wear it around your neck, tie it around your handbag, loosely wear it as a belt, or sport it as a headband, the scarf is alluring and timeless. Silk scarves have always been able to make a bold statement, without much material. Silk scarves can be made versatile if you dare. I dedicate this to my mother and my dear friend Elizabeth who both manage to wear the scarf as if they invented it. No matter what they end up pairing it with, it always looks like they walked away from a magazine shoot.

There are smaller and larger scarves, and the size may enable or disable a certain way to wear the scarf. But, either way, the scarf is a hot must everyone should try. The scarf is an instant way to be glamorous and sophisticated no matter what part of day it is! I prefer bright, bold colored scarves that I can pair with my black dresses or neutral sweaters. Even though I do have a lot of bright colors in my closet, they are solid and I still prefer to pair them with patterned scarves to give them a noticeable edge. Scarves not only give an outfit an edge, but tend to make it look more polished and well thought out. It’s the deep geometric patterns on a scarf that help make an outfit pop, or the fringe that gives some necklines that alluring feminine look. Either way it’s a win-win situation.

I have 4 picks, and they are all reasonably priced, but one. Just in case some of you are getting a big bonus this year I wanted to share a splurge worthy scarf for this season. For those who are taking a financial hit, you can still look stylish wearing affordable scarves that are just as fabulous.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Leopard Scarf
Louis Vuitton
Monogram & Leopard Scarf

Available at: eluxury.com

My first pick is the Louis Vuitton Monogram & Leopard Scarf. It’s a 100 % silk scarf with a winter look. I really like this scarf, and I think it will be a fall/winter classic because of the signature colors in combination with the leopard. It will definitely make a statement with the animalistic leopard corners and the famous LVs. This scarf will look great a number of ways, and the length and width allow for some real creativity.

My second pick is a scarf from Coach. This Coach Signature Square Scarf is very fun and I truly enjoy owning it myself. I like how it comes in three versatile colors, which are all fun and flirty. This silk scarf is a signature logo Coach scarf, so you can look designer sassy when wearing it. The small square size and shape of the scarf allow you to wear it around the neck, tie it around the handle of your handbag, or tie it around your wrist.

My third pick is from Macy’s and it’s a great pick for those who like to wear scarves around the neck, waist, or over their hair. The pattern on this Echo "Avenue" Paisley Silk Scarf will look great and be noticeable from all angles. Plus, I think this scarf is reasonable priced for the amount of style you can create with it. This scarf would also look fabulous tied around the waist of a black cocktail dress that needs a little tuck at the hip.

Lastly, I found a unique sheer Patterned Rose Square Scarf from Urban Outfitters. This one is the most affordable, but it’s not silk, which doesn’t make it any less appealing. This one probably won’t look as good around a bag handle because it’s sheer, but it will look wonderful loosely hung around the neck with some jeans, a white t-shirt, a long fitted blazer, polished off with some flat boots.

It’s so wonderful that something so small and vibrant can give you such an edge, and give you the much envied 50s style.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.