Choosing the Perfect Scarf

Keep warm and look dapper

Written by Pauline Nguyen

Scarves have been a staple
accessory for both functional and fashion-related purposes for centuries.
However, you may be weary of wearing scarves for a number of reasons. Maybe
it’s the fear of looking too feminine or the discomfort of wearing a tie and
scarf at the same time. Or, maybe it’s because buying the right scarf is a
mission in itself. Fear not. Whether it’s selecting the right color or the best
length, here’s what you need to know to choose the perfect scarf every time.
Picking the Right Material

Choosing the Right Scarf
Is winter approaching soon?
Are you going to a formal event? Different scarves are best suited to serve
different purposes. Whether you need a functional accessory or finishing piece,
here are some tips for choosing the right scarf for any occasion:
Cold Weather

For something warm and
comfortable, there are many options for choosing the right material. A couple
of choices that you can’t go wrong with are wool or cashmere. Wool is a classic
fabric that is made from the fleece of sheep that is not only a great insulator
but is also durable and water resistant. However, pure wool can be slightly
uncomfortable, so an alternative would be a wool blend that combines wool with
man-made fibers, cotton, or polyester, which provides warmth and much-needed
softness. Another option is cashmere, a type of wool that is more expensive but
is finer and softer than regular wool.
Formal Wear

Believe it or not, a scarf can
make for a great finishing touch when suiting up for a formal affair. A good
selection of fabric for any formal occasion is silk. Silk is often perceived as
overly shiny or stuffy, but it actually comes in matte variations as well. Silk
adds an elegant touch to any outfit due to the high-quality fabric and its nice
luster, and, it’s not bulky, so you could tuck one into the opening of your
jacket with ease. Alternatively, you could opt for cashmere again when you need
to look sharp but also stay warm.
Just Because

Even when it’s not cold out, a
scarf can make a great addition to your wardrobe year-round. A linen or cotton
scarf would be great for a warmer day, as they are both lightweight and
breathable fabrics, and they come in a multitude of bold colors and patterns.
Picking the Right Size

Choosing The Right Sized Scarf
Scarves come in all sizes and
shapes, from the traditional rectangular scarf to the square scarf. How do you
normally wear your scarves? From wrapping around your neck several times to
just throwing it on and walking out the door, styling your scarf is a big
determinant for the length of the scarf to look for.
Rectangular Scarf

A standard rectangular scarf
ranges from 50 inches to 90 inches in length and 6 to 14 inches in width. A
short scarf is approximately 55 inches and is great for draping over the
shoulders unwrapped where it will sit comfortably at or above the waist. A
medium length scarf is about 70 inches long and is the length you’d want to
look for if you plan on getting fancy with your scarf styling. Finally, a
longer scarf at 80 inches or more allows for a cozy, full, and dramatic look.
Square Scarf

A square scarf is a unique way
to add an extra detail to your outfit. Try folding it in half, wrapping it
around your neck, and then tying the ends on the back for a bandana-inspired
Choosing The Right Color

Choosing The Right Color Scarf
Of course, with your
accessories, most colors are fair game. However, if you’re just getting your
scarf arsenal started and looking for some tips, here are some things to
Look at: Your Complexion

Some colors look great on
everyone across the board. Other colors, however, really are determined based
on your skin tone. For warmer skin tones, colors including mustard, olive,
cream, and orange are some great go-to’s.For cool, pale skin tones, steer
towards colors like blue or gray.
Look at: Your Existing

If your closet currently
consists of a lot of neutrals, add some boldly colored scarves. Alternatively,
if your closet is already full of attention-grabbing patterns, ground your look
with a neutral scarf. Also consider amping up your suit game with a wide
variety of neutral and subtly patterned scarves (think herringbone, pinstripe,
houndstooth, and tartan) which will keep you warm and still look business
Choosing the right scarf
Choosing the right scarf
Don’t have a scarf in your
cold-weather collection yet? Now’s the right time to try something new and
incorporate a scarf into your daily accessory rotation. Whether you’re looking
to add warmth or an extra dimension of texture, a scarf is an easy, quick fix
that’ll instantly boost your day-to-day style.
Pauline Nguyen

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.