How to wear scarves to work

If there is one accessory this season that really speaks the language of versatility to the sophisticated, corporate woman, it has got to be a silk scarf! A scarf is also a great trans-seasonal accessory, perfect for the in-between seasons weather which we are currently experiencing.

Make a statement with scarves

In the world of corporate fashion, the way you wear a scarf, and the type of scarf you wear for that matter, can really make a fabulous statement paired with your classic black and grey business suits. Wearing scarves is probably one of the fastest ways to incorporate colour, patterns and prints, and even layers into a dark suit, It’s a great idea to invest in a high quality scarf that looks and feels great on you. Silk scarves are a fabulous option, and if you can, opt for a handmade and unique piece to really make your own statement.

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When it comes to choosing your scarves for work, plan ahead on how you are going to wear them. Here are a few options for you:

Bow Tie

The Bow Tie look can add a dash of elegant sophistication to any corporate ensemble. For a large style, use a large square silk scarf. Fold in two opposite corners of the scarf so they meet in the middle, then fold each side in again to form a long skinny scarf. Wrap this around your neck and softly knot to secure around your neck comfortably. Then tuck the two ends behind the knot to form a bow shape. Alternatively with a smaller scarf simply drape around your neck and tie a little knot and swing it off center – this looks great with a nice cropped blazer.

Bow tie

Miu Miu Scarf $230 via My Theresa

French Knot

The scarf is a quintessential Parisian icon and the French Knot is a timeless classic. Fold the scarf in half and drape around your neck. Then take the folded half and pull the un-looped ends through the fold. Voila!

swirl violet copy

MAH Swirl Violet Scarf $75

The Wrap

A great option while sitting at your desk and it’s not quite cold enough for your jacket, or alternatively for evening drinks after work. Simply, drape the scarf across your back and twist the ends half way around your arms.

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Roberto Cavalli Tilda Silk Scarf $354.40

A few more tips:

  • Make sure you choose a colour that contrasts with your outfit ie. red on black, or patterns on a block colour – avoid patterns on patterns!

  • When choosing the colour of the scarf ensure it flatters your skin tone i.e. whites will generally make you look pale, where as warmer colours like reds and browns will look best close to your face.

  • Tie a silk scarf to your leather handbag for an easy ‘expensive’ look.

How is that for versatile! Silk scarves are the perfect staple accessories this spring, you could even get away with outfit repeating just by swapping scarves – so be sure to stock up!

Ondina M is the founder of MAH, an international luxury fashion brand fusing art and science to create beautiful, unique collections of handmade silk scarves.

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