Super style staple–the scarf!

Me rocking a blue scarf…
and by me, I mean  Blake Lively, honest mistake…

How much do I love scarves, let me count the ways…I feel that they are one of the most versatile items that a girl can have in her closet, and in honor of my recent string of fall posts, I felt compelled to give a much deserved shoutout to the scarf. (It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m wearing one today I suppose…) I love wearing scarves in the fall because they’re both fashionable and functional, and they make any outfit seem that much more autumnal for whatever reason, plus I’m not a huge jewelry person, so quite often I’ll wear a scarf instead of a necklace. I like that they help to keep you warm, whether it’s because the weather is chilly or because the aircondition is blasting like it seems to be everyday in my office. And they’re fantastic for helping transition summer pieces to fall, it’s such a simple addition that can really make your outfit seem seasonally appropriate. In Michigan, I was always a huge fan of warmer, thick, chunky scarves because they’re just so cozy in the winter. Often in the depths of winter, it’s hard to feel stylish when you have to be bundled up all the time, so I also like the way a brightly colored scarf can punch up an otherwise bland winter coat on a dreary day. Another great thing about scarves is that they are not just limited to the fall and winter, but asheer, lightweight scarf looks uber chic in the spring and summer as well. Whether it’s tied around your neck when you’re riding in a convertible or using it as a wrap on a summer night, a gauzy summer scarf is the perfect compliment to shorts or a sundress. But I think that my favorite thing about scarves no matter what the season is that they always give off a worldly, well-traveled vibe. I don’t know what it is, but put a scarf on and all the sudden you give off sense that you’ve been/are going places. Scarves are the essential travel item, both as something to pack and to bring home with you. They’re great to pack, especially when you don’t have a lot of room in your suitcase, because take up next to no space and they’re prefect for getting more versatility out of your vacation wardrobe. (They were a life saver on our Europe trip when I only had a backpack for six weeks!) They’re also really useful to wear on days you’re traveling because they’re much easier to take off and throw in your bag if you’re going from a cool to a warm climate, and they serve as a great alternative to using the nasty blankets on the airplane should the airconditioning be blasting. (I always wear one when I fly for this reason alone!) I also adore scarves as souvenirs, because it’s something unique yet useful to remember a fun trip, and again, they’re super easy to pack, and you don’t have to worry about them getting broken in your suitcase. I love buying scarves on vacation because then everytime I wear them I’m reminded of the places I’ve been, and you can usually find more unique scarves when you’re traveling than you can at the mall (not to say I haven’t found plenty of cute scarves at the mall though!). I have scarves from Italy, France, Israel, and all over the US, and I feel like each has a specific memory attached, and I love wearing them to brighten up my outfit. I have been on a little bit of a scarf buying frenzy recently…ok, I have purchased 2 scarves in the span of one week, so frenzy might be a little overly dramatic, but still, scarves are a wardrobe staple, and I’m always looking to add to my collection!

Ps: If you’re in the market for a new scarf, I’d encourage you to check out Global Sistergoods…one of my coworkers just told me about–it’s a website that features fair trade products from women around the world, so it’s a socially responsible way to get a cool new scarf! They’ve got lots of really neat things, and it’s a great way to help empower women, so I’d encourage everyone to check it out!


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