October 15, 2011

Style Feature: The Fall Scarf

One of my favorite accessories (and the one I probably have the most of) for the fall is a lightweight scarf. The versatility that they can provide to your wardrobe is hard to match. A scarf is not only stylish, but can be functional as well.

1. Cotton/Linen


As fall begins to hit us, breaking out a scarf with some hints of summer is a good way to start the transition into this season’s wardrobe.

Extra Tip : Different fabrics will cause a scarf to drape differently. This linen blend has a stiffer feel than some other materials, so it holds its form better than some of my other scarves.

Scarf by Rag & Bone; Shirt by J Crew; Denim by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Shoes by Original Penguin; Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen;
Watch by Bulova; Leather bracelets from thrift store;
Bag (on ground) by Marc by Marc Jacobs.

2. Cotton/Silk


This silk blend has a softer hand with a bit more luster than the linen blend. I usually like to pair this scarf with a suit or blazer as a more casual tux-style scarf. It is a nice little touch that, while it serves no real functional warming purpose, makes me feel more confident. And remember, when it comes to style, confidence is key.

Scarf by Z Zegna; Jacket by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt; Chinos by Kenneth Cole New York;
Boots by John Varvatos; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

3. Synthetic


There are so many varieties that you can find pretty much any weight, hand, and drape that you want (and often for a lot less money). Synthetic scarves are also great for those rainy fall days, because getting them damp is no problem like it is with silk (of course consult your care instructions as, like with any garment, this can vary).

Extra Tip : A scarf is a great way to throw some color into your ensemble. Personally, I prefer to keep my color palette a bit more muted in the fall than I would in the spring.

Scarf by Bloomingdale's; Henley by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Shirt by Vince; Denim by Guess; Boots by John Varvatos.

4. Wool


A lightweight wool scarf is great for those cold snaps that are bound to come with the onset of fall.

Extra Tip : Save the heavy wool for winter. This lighter wool is the perfect balance for those cool fall days.

Extra Tip II : The thick boot socks and corduroy shirt work with the weight of the wool to really bring this look into the colder weather. It is also practical (it was 49 degrees when we shot this look).

Scarf by John Varvatos; Corduroy shirt by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Denim by PPD; Boots by AllSaints Spitalfields; Socks by J Crew.

While scarves also come in many other fabrics and blends, these are some of my recommendations for the fall. Always remember that rules are made to be broken and there is no reason that you can’t break out a 100% silk scarf in the middle of November.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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