Winter Wardrobe Essential - The Scarf

With winter well and truly upon us, it’s time to reconnect with the scarf. Not just for the practical purposes of keeping you warm, when it comes to office attire, a scarf can reinvent your look with minimal fuss.

This season there’s five key looks to keep it chic.

FAUX FUR SHAWL AND CAPES
A perfect way of getting to and from work is adopting the latest AW16 trend – find a woollen cape or shawl to trick up your executive look. Faux fur is very big again this season, so why not add a warm touch to your corporate look by adding texture with a fashionable accessory like this. And if you’re truly sick of wearing a coat to work, why not try a woollen cape – in a tailored silhouette, it’ll give you cred in the office while winning fashion friends at the same time.

SILK SKINNY SCARF
Nothing says glam like a silk scarf and if we take notice of what just happened at New York Fashion Week, we’ll be seeing plenty of the skinny variety off the catwalk and on the high street. The new take on the silk scarf plants it firmly in 70s revival mode. But of course, it’s a modern twist of a retro look and ideal for an office addition.

CHUNKY KNIT SCARVES
Ribbed and oversized, some come with pom-poms, others with a fringe – whatever you decide, the chunky knitted scarf is the best way to accessorise your winter wardrobe. They look great with a tailored wool coat and it’s a win-win situation because they stack up for warmth and cosiness. It’s a popular street-style fashion look that works well with block colours and requires minimal styling that can also find a place on your way to work.

POLKA DOTS, LEOPARD AND PRINTED CASHMERE
When it comes to choosing a scarf for your office look, there are various themes to keep you on trend this winter. Saint Laurent opts for polka dot silk georgette and leopard print while Dolce & Gabbana goes much brighter – think bold reds and greens inspired by traditional Sicilian carts. Printed cashmere is also popular – go to Diane Von Furstenberg for optimal elegance. When it comes to tying your scarf, you can’t go past the classic loop or French knot - don’t overthink it.

SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISANS
There are plenty of Australian fashion designers who are designing beautiful scarves for AW16. We’ve spotted Melbourne designer Daniella Tigani’s Australian Native Orchid Silk Scarf which is timeless, elegant and oozes Italian cool. The former graphic designer has plugged her smarts into scarves and delivers a chic collection this season.

Squeak was started by Melbourne textile designer Pippa Oostergetel. Her focus is homewares but we’re in love with her brushstroke prints when it comes to scarf perfection.
For something truly artistic, consider Christopher Graf’s bold silk varieties available at Christine’s Boutique in Flinders Lane, Melbourne – they're pop culture meets decadent statement, but work beautifully with black attire in the workplace.

 

By Jane Rocca.

 

 

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