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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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Guest Post: Angie Roberts

Check and Tartan prints are awash on the catwalk…

with a strong Scottish tartan influence, so why not be seen about town sporting one of these?

  • Style 1 is a typical green check with fragments of navy blue, yellow, and red, this a traditional tartan check.
  • Style 2 and my personal favourite, is an oversized cream background red check with lines of red, green, yellow, and blue criss-cross to form a chequered pattern.
  • Style 3 is a bold grey black and cream check with a fringe tassel trim. This is a fabulous statement scarf, worn with a black cocoon coat, you’ll be bang on trend this autumn and winter season.
  • Style 4 is a red and black check simple and stunning with a fringe tassel.

Search for Chequered scarves. Winter’s gonna be fun!

About The Author:

Angie Roberts is seated and holding her white cane in front of her. She is looking like a rock star in her fabulous oversized shades, a sheer black cover-up over a black flapper dress, and jewelry.

Angie, a fashionista from the UK, manages Abby’s Fashion Brigade, a gathering place for blind and visually impaired women to talk all things fashion. A young heart attack survivor, Angie says: “There is no positive in going blind, but there is positive in not giving up! Wear it the way YOU want, do it the way YOU like…never give up on your self.”

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How Do I Tie Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

6 Ways To Tie The Oblong Scarf

Hinge Patchwork Print Scarf. Bold patterns intensify the graphic appeal of a gauzy, fringe-trimmed scarf. 28 inches wide by 76 inches long. 100 percent wool. Colors are shades of teal and white.
Hinge Patchwork Print Scarf Nordstrom

I think I was in my mid to late 20’s when I wore my first oblong scarf. I bought it to go along with this navy lightweight knit sleeveless dress and matching sweater outfit. The scarf had several shades of blue including a navy identical to my outfit. I fell in love.

While I no longer have that first scarf I have since collected a number of scarves in different colors, shapes, textures and some even have embellishments.

Infinity scarves, like the name implies, have no end. These endless loop scarves, like their predecessors, come in differing lengths, colors, fabrics, and textures.

I really like warm cozy scarves however with the onset of ‘private summers’ I’d have to rip them off. I salute women who can wear them in the summer because I’d probably burst into flames.

How Do You Tie Or Wear An Oblong Scarf?

Scarves are an excellent accessory that can be worn with or in place of necklaces. And you can’t beat the versatility. I’m going to give you 6 ideas on how to wear/tie these beauties:

  1. Women's Fringed Infinity Scarf loose knit 100 percent acrylic with fringes. Coral colored. www.lifeisgood.com
    Women’s Fringed Infinity Scarf
    www.lifeisgood.com

    Drape the scarf around your neck and allow it to hang loose without tying.

  2. Drape scarf around your neck, take one end, cross over your body to flip the end over your shoulder, and allow it to hang loose without tying. You can also add a pretty brooch where the scarf overlaps.
  3. Drape the scarf around your neck and tie the ends in a loose single knot and allow it to hang loose.
  4. Hold the scarf lengthwise in front of you, bring it to your neck. Drape it over your shoulders so the ends drape down your back. This looks especially nice with a dress or a dressy pants suit.
  5. Hold the scarf lengthwise in front of you, bring it to your neck. Drape it over your shoulders then take each end and cross them in the back. Bring the ends to the front. You can leave the loop on your neck or pull it for slack to let it hang a little loose.
  6. Fold the scarf lengthwise, drape around your neck, take the loose ends and place them in the loop. You can leave the loop loose or pull the loose ends to bring it closer to your neck. If I have a long enough scarf I like to take one of the loose ends and fling it over one or both shoulders.

There are many ways to wear scarves and over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will share some interesting ways to use them that you might not have considered.