For maximum fashion impact with minimum effort, scarves are an excellent way of introducing a new twist on a familiar outfit, summer and winter. They instantly add interest to tone-in-tone outfits, bring a refreshing zest to black-and-white ensembles and can pull diffuse colour combinations together to create a harmonious whole. Scarves are all-round style talents, always ready and waiting to add the finishing touch.
Long scarves in flowing viscose fabrics and square silk neckerchiefs are current fashion favourites. The slim, light long styles are excellent partners for classic blazers and shirts and bring a welcome note of nonchalance to severe business looks, while the newly revived neckerchief – usually tied in a three-cornered style – ushers in a more relaxed partner for casual knitted sweaters and cropped jeans with laid-back frayed hems.
Incidentally, the era of clean-cut chic for scarves is over; today, designs in bright, glowing colours and expressive prints are in demand. A hot fashion topic, florals allow any outfit to bloom, while animal prints invite trend mavens to take a walk on the wild side; classic leopard patterns are sophisticated, yet not strident eye-catchers when teamed with monochrome looks in Black, White or elegant Cream.