Fashion meets function when it comes to winter scarves
By Edify Staff | November 4, 2014
Photography by Curtis Comeau. Styling by Jyllian Park. Models Jolanda Thomas and Tyler Olafson. Hair, makeup and grooming by Amber Prepchuk.
According to fashion stylist Jyllian Park, Edmonton’s cringe-worthy cold brings with it an opportunity to play with one of the year’s most functional fashion accessories – scarves.
“Scarves aren’t just a utility item anymore,” says Park. “On the runways, we’re seeing them used as accessories just as much as you might see jewellery or ties or pocket squares.”
According to Park, fashion-conscious folk are opting to wear scarves indoors, season-round. And while the lighter weight scarves of the of the year work wonders as fun and colourful fall accesories, it’s best to switch to heavier weight (such as thick cable-knit or heavier wool),when winter rolls around. “Oversized scarves are in this year, so think cozier fabrics,” says Park, “but don’t forget to tie it in with your outfit – both your outer layers and under layers – by choosing scarves that compliment either the patterns or colours in your clothing.”
According to Park, a scarf can add to a classic men’s look, so there’s no need to take it off once you’re indoors. With one simple scarf draped over a well-made suit, pattern and texture are added to an otherwise solid-coloured ensemble.
Tip: Pay attention to scale of the pattern in relation to other patterns in your outfit. Think of contrasting patterns: if a scarf has a large scale check or pattern, make sure that the pattern on your shirt or jacket of pants are a smaller scale – or vice-versa.
Try This: One way to wear a scarf indoors is to keep it open and draped over the shoulder. It’s an effortless look that uses the scarf to add an extra pop of colour – without seeming eccentric.
Looking for a cozy way to dress up an evening look during the colder months? Park advises picking up an over-sized scarf to make a bold statement. “Infinity scarves have been really popular for the last couple of years, but what makes this one so interesting is the leather and metal detailing,” says Park. “The oversize cowl adds an element of drama to the look.”
Tip: Navy and burgundy colours go well together; keep that in mind while shopping for wine-coloured clothing this season.
Try This: Play with texture. If you have a large-textured or nubby scarf, offset it with something softer such as a silk or lightweight shirt.