Summer might not be the time you think about wearing a scarf but it can literally brighten up your entire outfit.
Scarves can be worn throughout the year and summer is no different. It is a super way to spice up a simple look and provide some dazzle.
It is a fabulous accessory to help spice up or add some color to your wardrobe. You may not wear it to the beach but on an evening out a summer scarf can be a welcome accessory. Advice expert and columnist April Masini is here with some Summer fashion tips:
1. With Summer coming, you are going to want to make sure you are on top of your game style wise. Not only will you stand out, a scarf can also feel comfortable.
2. In today’s age of fast fashion trends being dictated by young Hollywood starlets, it is hard to come across something stylish or unique at all. All girls and young people strive to achieve the same look — it’s always some variation on edgy messy hair, and trying to look rock n roll.
3. For business situations match your handbag, shoes and belt. Black shoes should be matched with a black handbag. This is not a time to get creative with your accessories or to wear colored shoes.
4. Your summer weekend wear and your summer office attire should definitely not be the same. But what is appropriate for work during the hot summer months?
1. Rayon is another good scarf fabric – it’s usually heavier, with more flow to it, and is a bit thicker for sheers. Rayon should not be washed since it will shrink in most cases.
2. There are different types of silk: silk twill, silk crepe, habotai silk, chiffon silk, etc. They differ by thickness, weight and weave pattern. In layman terms, silk twill has fine parallel lines that the fabric is made of, and in highest quality scarves it’s thick and crisp, which prevents wrinkles, too; silk crepe has no lines and normally will be of heavier weight; habotai silk does not show any weave either and is thinner silk which is most prevalent in scarf production; chiffon silk is sheer or semi-sheer silk, usually with a soft touch to it; silk satin has a luster to it which catches light and is very shiny.
3. Acetate is another fabric which is very common in vintage scarves. Even though it’s artificial fabric, I personally like it a lot – it has some to a lot of shine, it is easier to care for compared to silk, and it is wrinkle-resistant and very durable. Acetate comes in crispier thicker fabric and finer very silk-like fabric as well, often in a twill pattern. If you don’t know fabrics enough to compare, ironing helps identify acetate: under heat with steam it emanates a bit of artificial smell that you will never get from silk under the same conditions.
4. Real Silk has a slight resistance to it when rubbed between the fingers. If you feel polyester by rubbing it is always plastic-like and super smooth, even oily. Even though silk is soft and smooth in some cases, if you carefully rub it then you will feel a slight rope-like quality. It feels more natural and also drapes differently than polyester or rayon. Rayon is also a natural fiber; it is made from wood and also has that kind of natural woody feel to it. Anyway, it’s hard to explain in words but if you take two scarves; one in each hand; one poly and one silk and compare you will get our drift.
Here is to your upcoming summer and the latest in fashion trends.