Yes, you can step out wearing the trendiest looks of the season — without ever reaching for your wallet. All you need to do is dig into the depths of your closet and fish out your favorite scarves.
Repurposing and creatively styling scarves is turning out to be the key trick to enduring our retail detox as we celebrate #NoSpendSeptember this month. Some of the season’s best looks are just a simple scarf hack away: Napkin tops, criss-cross halter necks, or the new sexy power dressing trend with blazers worn over bralettes can each be achieved by cleverly styling a scarf.
Leave it to the “It” girls to school us on styling scarves in versatile ways. If you’re looking to emulate the daring napkin top style à la Camille Charrier or Nour Arida, here’s what you need to do: Fold your scarf into a triangle shape. Placing the upside-down triangle on the front, tie a knot at the back, et voila, you’re good to go. Pair your DIY handkerchief top with a pair of relaxed denim.
If you’re feeling gutsy, you can also wrap your scarf to make a criss-cross halter neck top like Emili Sindlev. The viral bralette and blazer look is hard to miss and even harder to refuse. Curious about trying the trend while staying true to your #NoSpendSeptember commitment? Tiffany Hsu’s scarf-turned-bandeau, teamed with a pair of trousers, is an uber chic and intelligent solution. To finish the ensemble, throw on your favorite blazer, and you’ll have arrived at the coolest look of the season from your very own closet.
Apart from copping the season’s coolest microtrends, “It” girls are also experimenting with the vast styling potential of scarves. Scarves are also being repurposed as hair accessories by fashion’s chicest girls, while style icon Olivia Palermo has repeatedly been spotted sporting a scarf over her protective face mask.
Tightening the purse strings doesn’t mean compromising on style — a fresh perspective and a few tweaks can give birth to new looks from existing pieces in your closet.
Scroll down to discover how your favorite celebrities and influencers are repurposing scarves.