It’s officially 2018! And…. it’s freezing folks. I’m a big believer in keeping my wardrobe interesting, but this can put a girl in spenny situations. January is officially the time of cutting back (you know, on booze, pretty things and fun), not a time for burning out your credit card.
Now, there are only so many coats a girl can buy before the guilt sinks in. That is why I LOVE keeping things spicy with a scarf. They are chic, interesting and such a simple, low-cost way to change up a look. Not just functional, they are a sure fire way to add some pizazz to otherwise boring looks.
If the January Blues are hitting you hard and you’ve vowed to cut back on your spending, I would advocate treating yourself to a little neck love and buying a scarf.
Below I have lined up a few of my current faves – most of which are on sale I might add!
LOOK ONE – BRIGHT AND BREEZY
This particular beauty is from TOPSHOP where their London flagship store is a mecca for all things accessories-ish (yes, that’s a word).
I LOVE the sheer vulgarity of it, there is literally no missing this puppy (how can you when you’re basically a walking highlighter)??
I’ve paired it so far with a grey coat and a biker jacket. I think it would work well with blue too, especially denim or cornflower blue. With the biker above I double wrapped the scarf to keep it that little bit shorter.
LOOK TWO – STEAL YOUR BOYFRIEND’S
Another brilliant thing about scarves is they are unisex!!! This red beauty was acquired for an OOTD from my boyfriend’s wardrobe.
I love the red and camel combo so much, I’m sure this scarlet number will be a regular feature in my spring wardrobe too. Hopefully he won’t notice that it’s missing (or be reading this) 🙂
Red also looks fantastic with black or navy and a red lip or boot/shoes would complete the look if you were heading out for dinner or somewhere special.
This particular one is ZARA MAN but there are a billion red beauties in the shops right now. I’ve linked one currently on sale below.
LOOK THREE – FAUX FUR
And the addiction continues… I think eventually I’m gonna need a faux fur ban. But until that day comes, I’m going to continue smothering myself in faux fur and stroking it as I go.
This particular beauty is from TOPSHOP but I happened to spy an identical one in RESERVED the other day for a fraction of the price!!! (links below)
I love how it can be paired with a simple jean outfit or used to dress up OTK boots. In the above pics I added a belt to secure the look and keep everything in place. The reds and browns in the scarf really help the outfit pop. For extra style points you could add red or tan accessories to really tie the look together.
LOOK FOUR – TARTAN
This tartan scarf is from MARKS AND SPENCER. The accents of red make it a cute addition to a navy/jean combo! Tartan is such a bold and timeless pattern, and it’s ideal for pulling together a look that might otherwise feel a bit too plain. Here I added a red bag to really draw out the red in the scarf (postbox optional).
I particularly like the weight of the scarf, its not chunky, so it can be loosely thrown on top of an outfit, and it won’t give you the dreaded scarf tat!! I find the pattern easy to incorporate into several looks and right now it is on mega sale you lucky ducks!!
LOOK FIVE – MATCHED TO THE COAT
There is something so chic about matching your accessories to your coat as I mentioned in my earlier blog Sunday Skating.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to lighten up on the camel use in my wardrobe, but honestly it is just so wearable and chic. Add in a matchy-matchy scarf and I think you’re onto a winner.
This scarf was from ZARA but I have linked a similar version below.
LOOK SIX – BUDGET
Last but not least, how could I ever write a post about budget style without mentioning good old PRIMARK. They have some fantastic low cost options, usually for around the £6 mark like this ombre purple/red one.
I would highly suggest a quick trip to your local Primarni to add a splash of colour to your OOTD this time of year without breaking the bank.
I hope you’re all having a great start to the year!!!