My Style: Scarves for Winter


Accessories are great for adding interest and a hero to your outfit.  They can provide additional colours and contrast to an outfit really easily.

Plus, accessories don’t care what size you are.  And who doesn’t love that about them?

As I’ve discussed before, I’m a cold person (not cold in an unfriendly way, but cold in a “I really feel the cold” way) and as it’s now winter in Melbourne this year I’ve really started using my scarves to help keep me warm each day.

Teal Paisley Scarf

Adding scarves to your winter outfit - tips and tricks from a professional stylist

This analogous combination of cobalt and teal is set off with a teal silk paisley scarf I picked up on my travels to Dubai.  When choosing a scarf to go with your outfit, it’s easy to pick one that repeats a colour in an outer garment such as the teal in my cardigan.


Pink Leopard Scarf


Adding scarves to your winter outfit - tips and tricks from a professional stylist

I knitted up this stripy shrug (knitting instructions here) last winter, and it works well with my red-violet merino knit top.  So when deciding on a scarf to add I decided to mix patterns and use this pink leopard print number (which I’ve also worn tied as a vest in summer).  The leopard print works with the touches of orange in the shrug and the pink is also found in the stripy shrug.

If you’ve thought about mixing patterns but are too scared – doing it with a scarf is one of the easiest ways (plus lots more pattern mixing tips here).

The Secrets to Mixing Prints in a Wardrobe Capsule


Emerald, Pink and Blue Floral Scarf


Adding scarves to your winter outfit - tips and tricks from a personal stylist

This scarf has tiny pretty pink and white flowers (it’s kind of cherry blossom patterned) on a navy background with a emerald green edge.  So when I was deciding what to wear with it, to tie the colours together (and to keep me warm) I decided upon these layers:

  • Light pink long sleeve cotton knit
  • Emerald green long sleeve merino knit
  • White jacket

You can see the light pink knit just peeking out from beneath the emerald one, and each colour is tied together as a whole by the scarf pattern.

Mid-Blue Cherry Blossom Scarf

Adding scarves to your winter outfit - tips and tricks from a personal stylist

This blue floral scarf has pretty pink birds atop the pink cherry blossom and the blue really is a great signature colour for me as it’s the same colour as my eyes (it’s a winner).  The pink in the pattern has enough magenta elements that tie it in an analogous flow into the violet of the waterfall cardigan , and I’ve repeated the blue in my merino knit top layered over another white long sleeve knit top for that extra layer of warmth.

And yet again – you can see that knee high boots are a staple of my winter style.

For most everyday wearing in winter, I like to just loop the scarf around my neck – it’s easy and quick and keeps my chest and neck warm and is simple to do with a longer rectangular scarf.

Do you like to wear scarves?  What’s your favourite shape?  How do you like to tie them?

The Finishing Touch

If you want more ideas on ways to tie scarves, here are some videos to check out

32 Ways to Tie a Scarf

Rectangular Scarf Tie

2 Ways to Tie a Scarf into a Vest

How to Tie a Pashmina Scarf

How to Make a Shrug from a Square Scarf

3 Easy Ways to Tie Head Scarves

Petite Scarf Advice

How to Wear Scarves When You’re Busty

Wear a Scarf as a Belt


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