5 Ways to Style Fall’s Favorite Accessory

In recent months, scarves have been my go-to accessory. I’ve worn them as a belt, around my neck, in my hair, on my bag, as a statement, and as a subtle but accent. I’ve not much of a handbag changer – I tend to stick to my Everyday tote from Madewell and my Fossil crossbody – so when I want to refresh an outfit I pull out the scarves.

I wanted to share the top 5 ways I style scarves and which types, styles, lengths, and fabrics I look to purchase because I get so many questions about wearing and styling this darling accessory.

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Around the Neck

I think wearing a bandana scarf around my neck is my favorite look. I have worn this Madewell bandana in every possible scenario and with every combination of clothing. For a simple statement, pair it with a t-shirt and shorts or pants. But if you want to wear it with your favorite dress, the sky is the limit. The trick to this style is to make sure the fold of the scarf is right before folding it around your neck.

I love my Madewell scarf because it’s made from a very thin fabric and there’s not much there. If you only have a bulk scarf on hand, try folding it very neatly longways to get enough length for tying without choking you.

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On Your Bag

If you’re like me and don’t ever think to change up your bags (seriously I’ve been carrying this Madewell Transport tote for 3 1/2 years now) sometimes adding a little interest to your go-to carryall is a necessity. I love celebrating the change of seasons with a new scarf added to my bag. Tie it in a bow, a knot, or weave it around one of the handles for a more sophisticated look.

Just note if you’re going to be traveling and using your bag as a carry on don’t tie your favorite vintage Hermes scarf to the handle. Chances are it’ll get dirty, torn, or lost from the constant movement while traveling.

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Elevated Ponytail

The heat of the summer is still upon us here in Greenville so ponytails and high buns are sticking around for a little longer. I get bored with the same hairstyle over and over, especially when shooting blog content, so I try to vary it up as much as I change my outfits. Also, some days my hair just does not cooperate.

To add a little interest to your same-old ponytail wrap one of your scarves around the base of the style. I used to think this was a little juvenile and would make me look a lot younger than I was, but it’s actually a very elegant style and now that it’s back in style there is plenty of style inspiration on places like Pinterest!

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