According to fashion experts, there’s no better way to enhance your fashion sense and boost your look than accessorizing. If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your wardrobe without following the trends of the fast fashion industry, adding a few staple accessories is the way to go.
Some accessories are more timeless than others, making them the perfect addition to your sustainable wardrobe. At the top of the list of timeless accessories is the attractive and practical scarf.
There are so many different types of scarves to choose from which means that no matter your taste, you’re bound to find a few that you love!
Read on to learn more about the different types of scarves that are always in fashion.
Silk scarves are often designed with vibrant colors and bold patterns. This fabric is smooth to the touch and associated with class and elegance. Silk is also a hypoallergenic material, making it a perfect scarf choice for anyone with sensitive skin.
Silk is a lighter material, which means that you’ll want to reach for silk scarves when you’re accessorizing for warmer weather. You can even tie long silk scarves around your waist to add a pop of color to a plain skirt or pants.
Pashmina scarves have maintained popularity throughout the ages because they are luxurious and soft. Pashmina is light, so it won’t weigh you down, but the soft material and tight stitch of a pashmina scarf will keep you warm on cold winter days. In fact, it can provide the same insulation as a dense material like wool but without the itchy texture!
Pashmina scarves are usually dyed a single color. These scarves can run on the more expensive side, but any smart shopper knows that investing in a high-quality piece is the way to go.
Neckerchiefs and Bandanas
Looking for something a little more jaunty? Neckerchiefs and bandanas tied around the neck add playfulness to any outfit. Tie the knot above your sternum for a classic 1950s look or keep it below the sternum for a modern western spin.
These scarves are perfect for a day in the sun because they’ll protect your neck from harmful rays without making you overheat. The price point on a great neckerchief varies which means that you can find a great piece on any budget!
Cashmere is another great material for anyone seeking an unbelievably soft fabric. It just so happens that cashmere is one of the most beloved materials in the garment industry. Anyone and everyone will recognize your superior taste levels when you don a cashmere scarf!
Cashmere scarves often come in muted, neutral tones. They’re the best men’s scarf because they pair so naturally with anything from a suit to a classic T. (If you’re looking for an upgrade on the classic T, you’re going to want to try these.)
Cashmere is a fabric you can enjoy from fall to spring. It’s warm enough for low temperatures but breathable enough for warm days.
Knit or Crocheted Scarves
Do you love a DIY project? If so, it’s time to invest in some yarn, some needles, and an online lesson or two!
Knit or crocheted scarves bring warmth and personality to your wardrobe that is absolutely unparalleled. No matter what density or type of yarn you choose, a knit or crocheted scarf will keep you warm and cozy all winter long.
(Not interested in learning a new craft but still looking for that warmth and coziness? Don’t worry! You can find tons of great options in stores and online that are already made and ready to wear.)
The aptly named infinity scarf is not one long piece of fabric with two distinct ends. Instead, the ends have been attached to one another to make a circular garment that you can loop around your neck at least twice.
Infinity scarves are aesthetically pleasing, keeping the entire bulk of the scarf up around your head, neck, and shoulders. They’re also a practical garment in that you don’t have to worry about loose ends or unraveling. Infinity scarves go great with chunky sweaters, bomber jackets, trench coats–just about everything.
Shawls may serve a slightly different purpose than your traditional scarf but we would argue that they’re still in the scarf family! When it comes to the different types of scarves, we’re looking at any garment that serves as outerwear and drapes across the shoulders, around the neck, or even around the waist.
A shawl is a large piece of fabric, often triangular or rectangular, that you wear across the shoulders. An elegant silk shawl can elevate a casual outfit while a fun cotton shawl can make a formal look feel more casual. If you need to go from daywear to nightwear without changing clothes, consider packing a shawl in your bag.
Once again, we’ve got an aptly named garment! Headscarves are scarves designed to cover the head and are worn for both secular and religious reasons.
You can find headscarves in a variety of fabrics from silk to cotton to cashmere. A pashmina headscarf can help protect your hair from drying out by retaining natural moisture. Whether you’re observing a religious holiday or hitting the road in a convertible, we’re sure that you’ll find a beautiful headscarf that reflects your style and personality.
Which Types of Scarves Will You Add to Your Wardrobe?
There are so many types of scarves to choose from to elevate your look. Investing in a handful of quality scarves can makeover your wardrobe without having to replace everything or buy into the fast fashion industry.
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Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.