Silk Scarves: A First Step to Beating the Credit Crunch?

May 17, 2009 by  
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This week I read an article that referred to “recessionistas,” women who love to look great and still succeed at doing so given the current economic reality. This got me thinking about credit crunch-friendly fashion that will give us more bang for our buck. The first thing that came to mind are light, silk scarves in various patterns and colors–incredibly versatile accessories that have the power to complete countless outfits and even other accessories.

Item 1If you need a break from your plain leather belt, tie a scarf around your waist. It’s a great way to add some color to your jeans or a solid colored dress. Fold the scarf either into a long thin strip or into a triangle that sits off-center on your hip. You can even use it create a faux empire waist on a loose fitting top by tying the scarf right below the bust, letting the ends hang loose off-center.

Scarf Belt

Item 2Scarves are a creative, beautiful way to tie back your hair. Fold the scarf into a strip, position it on your hair like you would a headband and tie the two ends together at the nape of your neck. If you have a large scarf, use it for an urban head wrap, which is both beautiful and practical, especially for rainy or bad-hair days. Hair scarves are a comfortable alternative to plastic headbands, which cut off your circulation if fitted too tightly around your head.

Hair ScarfHead Wrap

Item 3Tying a scarf is around your neck may be the most traditional way to wear this accessory, but it is certainly not an outdated one. If you are looking for a way to spice up your  pencil skirt and button down shirt combination, then a scarf tied around the neck is your answer. Taking the bore out of business war, this is a guaranteed way to create a look that is stylish, yet classy and professional. Neck scarves are equally suitable for casual looks. If you want to add a boho-chic touch to your ensemble, wear a scarf with a simple tank and jeans.

Neck Scarf

Item 4Most women’s “investment bag” is something rather plain, understated and not overly trendy, which will match many different garments and will stay in style for a while. With that said, such ‘smart’ bags are easy to get tired of, especially if worn on a daily basis. This is where scarves come in particularly handy. Tie one in a loop or bow around one of the handles to add a splash of pattern and color to your tote or satchel.

Purse Scarf

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