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Stylish scarves
Amrita Prasad | Monday, 9 January 2017 AT 07:57 PM IST
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Your winter fashion is incomplete without scarves. Fashion experts tell you how to choose and style them.

Here’s one clothing accessory that can never go out of fashion: Scarves. An excellent add-on to your outfit, scarves are also extremely functional. They not only make simple clothes look better but keep you warm in winter. With the mercury dipping to 7.8 degrees centigrade, the season’s lowest in Pune, what you could do with right now is a warm scarf. 

Kolkata-based designer Vedika M, who has launched an exquisite scarves line (www.vedikam.com), says, “In winter, besides your warm clothes, a scarf can keep you warm and snug.” Vedika, who has introduced scarves, which are handpainted or have abstract or block prints on cotton linen and georgette fabric, further adds, “Scarves are like a pendant necklace and serve to complement a casual outfit in the most effortless way. Choose colours and patterns that you personally like and start wearing them.”

From soft fabrics like chiffon, georgette and woollen to coarse canvas, scarves are available in a variety of fabrics and can be worn in other seasons too. While the standard stripes and checks are unisex, prints like leopard, floral, polka dots, etc are perfect for women. You can double wrap them, tie them in a knot or let them hang loose — the choice is yours.  

Stylist and blogger Sharmistha Biswas gives a few tips on how to wear scarves in the most fashionable way. “Scarves are wardrobe essentials. They add detail and hence amplify the appeal of any regular outfit,” says Biswas elaborating how they can be styled for women:

The neckerchief

This type is often square in shape and usually tied around the neck. The neckerchief looks best when coordinated with accessories, and worn with denim jackets or shift dresses. You can wear this scarf in all seasons.

The infinity loop scarf
This type doesn’t have any loose ends and looks like a loop and can be worn as a shawl or a capelet. To wear it as a capelet, the inside-back of the material should rest flat against the back of your neck. The majority of the fabric should drape over the front of your body in an open loop from the elbow up. The front of your chest should also be covered by a flat layer of fabric.

The rectangular scarf
The rectangular scarf is the most versatile which goes with both ethnic and Western outfits. The rectangular scarf when worn in a simple round loop over your attire makes it look chic.

The winter scarf
The Pashmina scarf is worn best by draping it around the shoulders like a shawl. Pashminas are warm and best suited for chilly winters. These can be worn both by men and women.

How to choose the right scarf?
Biswas gives you some suggestions:

-  For Western staples like t-shirt, denim jacket, blazer, opt for the neckerchief. Make sure the colour or print coordinates with one aspect of the outfit.
- For ethnic wear, go for the rectangular scarf.
- Go for darker colours as they define the jawline and also don’t make your complexion look washed out or pale.  
- Don’t go for a printed scarf if you are already wearing printed apparels. Choose a solid coloured scarf instead. If your outfit is all black or all white or any other solid colour, then a printed scarf will pair well.

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