Seasonal Scarves: How to wear your scarves all year round
London Local Team member Arati gives us some quick tips on which scarves to wear in which season, utilising them as a versatile fashion accessory all year round.
Scarves have a long history in fashion as one of the most versatile and evergreen accessories. And if you’ve seen my workand my instagram feed, you know that I wear a scarf with everything. Literally. Everything. And not just in the autumn and winter. There is a scarf for every season, and you don’t just have to use them for their original purpose either.
London Local Team has several talented scarf makers, and I’m going to use their lovely products to illustrate how to wear your scarf collection (if you don’t yet, after reading this, you will have a fabulous scarf collection) year-round. Let’s begin!
Winter: I’ll start with the season that’s nearly here now – this is when you need to wrap up warm and cosy! Wool scarves tend to be more casual and bulky, while silk scarves are easier to tuck into bags after use, and are more of a style statement. Both keep you warm and regulate your body’s temperature so that you neither sweat nor freeze. Wrap around your head and neck, tie the ends together to make a long scarf into an infinity scarf, or use a square silk scarf as a headscarf. Combinations of wool and silk such as nuno-felted scarves are also perfect for this season, and can look chunky and elegant at the same time.
Spring: Deliciously fresh air, all the flowers and green are beginning to come back into the world, and heavy winter coats recede back into closets. But wait. What?! It’s suddenly raining. And cold. Ugh. Have no fear, your scarf is here. (I’m sorrrrrry, I like weird rhymes!) But seriously, in this fickle season, a light silk or cotton scarf can keep you warm, protect your head from the rain and then, when the sun comes out again, they dry pretty quickly and can convert into a belt, hair tie, pocket square or simply be tied around your bag as an accessory. Wear fresh, cheerful, bright colours to match the mood of the re-awakening earth.
Summer: Sometimes, London and most of the UK just skip summer, all four days of it. Fortunately, that hasn’t been the case the last couple of years, and it’s been pretty blisteringly hot. For such heat, there can only be a simple solution – light, ethereal, silk chiffon, cotton or modal fabrics. Sitting in the sun can be bad for your skin even if you’re yearning to achieve the perfect shade of natural tan whether in the city or away on holiday. Adding a filmy layer of fabric can mitigate the effects of the sun while keeping you cool – silk is a great temperature-regulator, and wicks sweat while drying quickly too, which is why it can be used in every season. Skinny scarves are also ideal for the summer, since the lack of bulk means you can also use them as ties, belts or alternative straps for your bag or camera. Wear jewel colours or pastels as the mood takes you. Don’t be afraid to mix prints – this is the ideal season in which to do this too.
Autumn: Come the transition season, days can be similar to spring but a bit more chilly in the evenings, and add to that the depressing reduction in the number of daylight hours as sunset comes earlier and earlier. This is the ideal season for light wool knits, and the year-round favourite – silk! Mixed knits of cotton and wool are also very cosy. Pure cotton can also be worn in a mild autumn because it’s a natural insulator. Wear prints and warm colours to make you feel even more toasty! This is perfect scarf season – the majority of your scarves, whatever the material, size and shape and pattern, can be brought out and used at this time of year.
All of these products featured here are unique, hand made pieces, and their makers would love to do a custom order just for you. Just send them a message and see what magic they create in bringing your dream to life. Find some more scarf inspiration here.
P.S. Don’t forget, if you’re crafty or would like to be, we also have several talented makers who create gorgeous raw materials for you to knit, crochet or sew your own scarf! Plus, they can customise these craft materials just for you.