Do’s and Don’ts of Scarf Wearing

There are uncountable numbers of fabulous scarves out there on the market now, thus, we have to open our eyes and carefully choose the right one and know some dos and don’ts when wearing a scarf.

Dos:

Do Try a Print Scarf

Kelly Osbourne’s natty Burberry plaid scarf sets off her coat perfectly.

Get This Look: Loosely drape a long scarf around the front of your neck, pulling the ends over opposite sides and letting them hang free.

Do Wear a Scarf for Dressy Events

Cameron Diaz adds color and warmth with a scarf tossed over a dress.

Get This Look: Use a larger scarf or shawl and toss the ends over each side. You can use a decorative brooch to keep it in place.

Do Make a Scarf Your Spotlight Accessory

Olivia Palermo’s white scarf, which contrasts nicely with her black pantsuit, is all she needs for a sophisticated evening look.

Get This Look: Start with a long scarf, holding it midpoint in front of your neck. Toss the ends over your back, then pull the ends forward on the opposite sides of your shoulder and leave the ends to dangle.

Do Wear a Flattering Color Next to Your Face

A flattering pop of color — like Anjelica Huston’s choice of a red scarf — can add lots of excitement to a winter coat look.

Get This Look: Wear a long, fringed winter scarf — in cashmere, blends, wool or knit — tied once close to your neck to get this look.

Do Choose a Sophisticated Monochromatic Look

Tone-on-tone scarf and outfit looks work best with neutrals — black, navy, camel, cream — and take on a sophisticated vibe when you mix fabrics (satin, shine, wool, etc.) Charlize Theron’s all-black is elegant because she paired a long knit scarf with a metallic jacket.

Get This Look: Take a long scarf and hold it in front of you. Twist it a few times in the middle, then toss the ends straight over your back. Bring each end back to the front on the opposite side and leave the ends to dangle.

Don’ts:

Don’t Overaccessorize

A scarf and a floppy hat for Naomi Watts are too much of a good thing (it’s only a pair of sunglasses short of looking like a disguise).

Faux Pas to Fab: Wear a smaller brimmed or knit hat with a large scarf so the two accessories don’t compete with each other.

Don’t Throw on a Scarf as an Afterthought

Throwing on a random scarf with an cocktail dress doesn’t work for Diane Krueger.

Faux Pas to Fab: Eveningwear works best with a pashmina shawl, gracefully draped around the shoulders.

Don’t Overwhelm Your Look with a Scarf

It may have been a stab at being trendy, but Julianne Moore’s oversized scarf looks like it’s choking her.

Faux Pas to Fab: Skip the trend of giant knotted scarves on your neck, and go for a more timeless look with a simply draped or tied scarf.

Don’t Think a Scarf Can Save a Bad Outfit

Even gorgeous Faith Hill looks frumpy in a voluminous shirt and skinny scarf.

Faux Pas to Fab: Save skinny scarves for more fitted tops and jackets. Although monochromatic looks can be chic, they can also be boring unless you mix textures.