Ask a dozen style gurus about the latest trends, and they will respond with a dozen different answers.
But inspect those responses carefully, and common threads will pop up. Specifically, the threads that make up some of this season’s most artful, inspiring scarves.
Sharon Haver, founder of New York-based fashion website focusonstyle.com, helps everyday women with simple tricks to look their best.
“Scarves are very on trend this season,” Haver says. “There’s a more effortless and off-handed way of accessorizing with scarves that is not of the stuffy and stiff bygone era, but more European-inspired and nonchalant.”
The easiest way to add a spark to your wardrobe is with a voluminous or square scarf that you can wrap loosely around your neck. And, thanks to the Prada runway, the neckerchief is making a return, Haver says.
“It’s a simple and adorable way to add interest to your face, and it’s a modern replacement for the statement necklace,” she says.
The infinity loop continues to be a popular trend, says Laura McDowell of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.
“Shiny Lurex and fall florals are the top trends now, but they will lighten up as the weather warms up,” she says. “Wraps, especially luxurious cashmere, are also very popular now into the holidays.”
And with the holidays around the corner, it might be time to start thinking about your gift list, says Linda Lee, group vice president of Macy’s personal shopping service.
“Scarves make wonderful gifts for those early shoppers who want to get ahead of the hustle and bustle of the season,” Lee says. “Not only are they practical, but they can act as a statement piece or accent to spiff up any outfit.”
When you’re considering a scarf for the woman on your gift list, think about where she lives.
“That will determine the weight and fabric of scarf to purchase.”
Beyond the weight and fabric of the scarf, prints are high on the list of things to consider.
A scarf with a great pattern can help dress up any ensemble, says Sofia Wacksman of Kohl’s.
“Try mixing prints head-to-toe by pairing a soft plaid or animal print scarf with a floral blouse or camo skinny jean,” Wacksman says. “Also, try styling scarves in new ways, such as a neckerchief draped around the neck and tied in the back, or loosely gathered in the front with a singular knot.”
Take a peek at some of the styles in scarves; (regular prices given; some of the styles may be on sale):• Croft & Barrow Plaid Perfection ($28, kohls.com). Take advantage of the season’s trendy plaid styles with this scarf, which comes in black or red.
• Burberry Check Scarf ($395, nordstrom.com). If you’re shopping for a fashionista with designer taste, this classic will fit the bill, as will Burberry’s Colour Check Scarf ($295).
• American Rag Wrap, Oven Weave Crochet Look ($28, macys.com). This Bohemian-chic wrap adds a vintage vibe to your outfit.
• Apt. 9 Zigzag Scarf ($20, kohls.com). This scarf is sure to add a bit of zip, along with zigzag, to your wardrobe. We loved the rich blue hues. The scarf also comes in a neutral shade, as well as a pretty red.
• Style & Co. Wrap, Status Scroll ($26, macys.com). This jewel-tone wrap ornamented with a scroll pattern adds a bit of color to your wardrobe.
• Mudd Bandana Square Scarf ($26, kohls.com). This classic bandana shape would look great paired with a graphic T-shirt.
• Macy’s Material Girl Scarf, Leopard Polka Dot Oblong ($14, macys.com). Accessorize with this chic polyester print scarf, around 72 inches long.
• Nordstrom Tissue Weight Wool and Cashmere Wrap ($88, nordstrom.com). This classic soft scarf comes in 62 colors, sure to match anything in the wardrobe.
• Apt. 9 Crosshatch Infinity ($32, kohls.com). Though it comes in silver, ivory and black, it was the cobalt blue color that caught our eye.
• Nordstrom Cashmere Infiniti Scarf ($78, nordstrom.com). This popular style comes in eight colors. (A video shows several ways to wear scarves.)