You can feel that chill in the air so it’s time to refresh your winter style and dig out the scarves from the back of your wardrobe. Who knew there were so many ways you can rock a scarf? Fashion stylist Kirsty Ashe shows us how to winterfy our wardrobes the easiest way possible – via a stylin’ scarf.
If you’re finding it harder to get out of bed in the mornings lately, that’s one sure-fire way to know winter is here. Yes, it’s finally time to pull those beautiful snuggly woolies out from the bowels of your wardrobe. While winter in our part of the world is pretty mild compared to other parts of the globe, it’s still cold enough to enjoy a killer leather jacket and delicious chunky knits – even if it’s just for a few weeks.
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre resident stylist Kirsty Ashe says scarves are a great way to winterfy your look this season. “You can wear a scarf with anything and everything,” she says.
According to Kirsty, there are three very different but key looks in scarves: the thin neck-tie scarf, the big chunky knit scarf and the large colourful square statement scarf which generally also features tassels.
The 1970s-style thin scarf is reminiscent of a men’s neck tie. It’s a decorative look rather than a functional one to keep you warm, but it’s very hot right now. And with plenty of options in the shops, they are also quite a cheap fashion accessory. Win, win. Kirsty suggests this one is worn best with a loose button-up blouse where the scarf is simply wrapped around the neck once and hangs down. It can be worn as a replacement for a long-line necklace, for example. Kirsty suggests searching Myer, Supre and Sportscraft for this look.
Providing more function is everyone’s favourite chunky knit scarf. Kirsty says this scarf can, however, be the hardest to wear as it is only relevant in our climate on those very cold early mornings (maybe when taking the kids to their weekend sports?) or on winter nights out. She suggests women who are heavy chested should avoid this look as the scarf can create too much bulk. However, for those who can pull it off, this scarf screams winter snuggles. Neutral tones work best. Kirsty suggests Country Road as your best chunky knit scarf label.
And finally, the statement scarf. This one is usually a square shape in a bright and/ or patterned fabric complete with tassel detail. Kirsty says this piece definitely draws attention up to the face and can be the most versatile of scarf options as it can be worn in many ways. The key to this look is keeping your outfit plain underneath and letting the scarf do all the talking. Try Seed Heritage for some good options.
Kirsty lists her top three retailers for scarves as Seed Heritage, Country Road and Sussan. If you are unsure which scarf to choose, Kirsty suggests a good quality scarf in a neutral colour (light grey, wheat or oatmeal). Tonal dressing, where all pieces of your outfit are shades of the one colour, is another trend this winter where a scarf might add an interesting tonal layer or a different texture. And if you are still stuck in a scarf rut, Kirsty is available for personal shopping experiences via the Pacific Fair website or her own business, Kirsty Ashe Style.