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Scarves | Effortless Casual Elegance

Abby is on the job sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

Scarves are a timeless multi-functional accessory. From headwraps to belts the only limitation to what you can do with a scarf is your imagination. 

Assorted lightweight colored scarves balled up on a white table The versatility of scarves cannot be denied. Here are just a few fun ideas:

  1. From Scarves To Neckties

    Long scarves work really well knotted like a necktie. I like to wear mine with knot midway down my chest. Here are tying instructions:

    • Drape scarf around your neck (one side longer than the other)
    • Cross the long end over the short end
    • Pull the long end behind the short end
    • Bring the long end around. It should be facing off to the opposite side
    • Pull the long end up under the loop around your neck
    • Pull the long end down through the knot at the front of the scarf
    • Tighten the knot by sliding it up the short end
  2. Scarves As Jewelry

    To create a necklace take a long lightweight scarf.

    • Fold the scarf in half and tie a knot in the center
    • Tie 2 more knots evenly spaced between the center knot and the ends on both sides
    • Tie the ends together behind your neck and you’ve got a knotted scarf necklace
    • To spice things up a bit you could add wooden beads
  3. Handbag Accessory Scarves

    To repurpose an old handbag or a clutch with a fold over flap, create a scarf purse strap.

    • Remove old strap
    • Fold the scarf lengthwise
    • Twist
    • Tie each end to the strap holder
    • For a clutch, tie scarf ends together and insert flap through the loop voilà purse strap
    • Just want to add a little zing to your bag? Tie a small colorful scarf where the bag and strap meet
  4. No Infinity Scarf? No problem

    • Take a long scarf
    • Tie the ends of the scarf together
    • Place the loop over your head
    • Let it hang as a singular loop
    • Twist and place the second loop over your head
  5. The Scarf Belt

    • Twist or fold scarf lengthwise
    • Tie around your waist
  6. The Loose Square Scarf

    • Fold oversized square scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
    • Hold the upside-down folded triangle in front of you like a bib
    • Take the two ends along the fold and place under your chin
    • Cross the ends behind your neck
    • Bring the ends to the front and let them hang loose

Scarves with fringes, metallic threads, or other embellishments can really make your entire outfit pop. Have fun experimenting and don’t strive for perfection. Remember, effortless is the keyword.

Abby’s Corner Image Description:

Abby is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). Her laptop on her laps has a teal Abby logo on the cover. Atop her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone. Her white cane is propped up next to her.

Have a great weekend! ~Abby

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #30

Scarf Vest Adds Zest To Jeans & Tee

Photo description is in the body of the postAfter downsizing your wardrobe having less to choose from allows for more creativity. A fun way to spice up your jean/tee outfit is making a lightweight summer vest from a long scarf. It’s as simple as one knot.

The scarf I used in the pictures is a long 72″ x 38″ blue and white decorative paisley pattern.

1. Fold lengthwise in half
2. Tie ends together (the short loose ends and the short folded ends)
3. Open up to show armholes
4. Slip arms through armholes
5. Presto chango you now have a long chic vest!

Image: Tri collage of me posed standing in front of my counter holding my white cane. I’m wearing black crisscross strapped heels, cuffed skinny jeans, black tee topped with scarf vest, silver-toned long beaded fringe necklace, silver-toned cutout cuff bracelet, silver-toned beaded embellished hoop earrings.

Happy Friday!!

Steph

 

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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #2

How to Wear a 72″ Fringed Oblong Scarf

photogrid_1480594797407There are about a gazillion ways to wear a scarf. With over 37 million views, one of my favorite YouTube videos is 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes!

The obvious problem from a vision perspective is the lack of captioning to describe the methods the young lady is using. While there are many YouTubers who do not include descriptive video in their tutorials, there are vloggers who describe what they are doing.

In the following steps I describe how I wore the oblong scarf from yesterday’s photos. While holding the scarf horizontally in front of you the end in your right hand will be (A) and the end in your left hand will be (B).

Example of the knot with a peach colored scarf on a decorative vintage dress form.
Example
  1. Place the scarf under your chin and let the loose ends hang down your back. (A) will be on your right and (B) on your left.
  2. Cross (A) and (B) behind your neck so that the loose ends are now hanging in front. (A) will now be on your left and (B) on your right.
  3. Pull the center of the scarf located under your chin in a downward angle about 7 or 8 inches (this does not have to be exact it’s whatever makes you feel comfortable). You now have a loop.
  4. Take the loop in both hands and twist it to the left. (The twist will be against the front of your neck.
  5. Holding the twisted loop open take end (A) and insert it over and through the loop.
  6. Take end (B) and insert it under and through the loop.
  7. Adjust the knot for comfort. Violà you’re done!

Happy Friday!