Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. And sometimes it’s a big thing that takes no effort, like an oversized scarf.
This Winters XL scarf looks more like a pashmina, proportionately, but thicker and woolier and a lot more fashionable.
Let’s call it the Super Scarf, just to be clear that it’s a scarf in a league of its own: super-scale (your scarf should be around 40cm wide and long enough to wrap around your neck, then tuck into your belt if you wanted); super useful (if you spend more time outdoors this winter, as you certainly will, glasses messing through the garden fence, this scarf will be a godsend); but also super cool.
In addition to branchlines, all the top designers made a version of a large silencer this winter, which is lucky.
Shane Watson shared his tips for embracing this season’s super scarf trend, as seen on the Michael Kors catwalk (pictured)
They had no idea we were going to need comfort and hygiene in the form of clothing, they were much more interested in the swaggering appeal of a Super Scarf and what it can instantly do for an outfit.
Here’s what the designers know: If you want to give something pretty standard a shirt and pants, or a long-sleeved midi dress a little more dash, just add a Super Scarf.
Do you want to add texture and interest to a simple outfit, or soften up a masculine-looking cut, or create a nest of warm colors near your face, or give something light and pretty a rugged reboot? winter 2020? Then your easiest bet by far is a Super Scarf.
Wear it slung around a shirt instead of a cardigan; wrapped around your neck as an alternative to a high neck blouse; draped over one shoulder like a Highlanders coat; or with a button-down jacket instead of a top, a large scarf is all the protection you need.
The Super Scarf is very versatile. And, best of all, it gives you the chance to splash around.
SCARVES: THE NEW RULES
- Try a cool two-tone scarf or a checkered scarf.
- Look for a wide design, at least 40 cm.
- Wrap it up or wear it over one shoulder.
- Double yourself up with a polo collar or a snood.
If you’re one of those people (and me) who sees a red and pink plaid jacket and thinks, I love this, but I’m not looking for a jacket that doesn’t go with all my clothes, then the super scarf is the answer: all the color and pattern you want in one instantly removable swipe. In addition, it will cover the uneventful separations of the past few years and give them a new look.
The message is, get yourself a scarf quickly. And if you buy a scarf, go for XL or don’t worry.
From the expensive and creative end of the scale, Isabel Marant makes an ombre pink transforming into a red alpaca blend, fringed scarf (255, net-a-porter.com). Note: some alpacas in the mix swell it up and give it that very important, dramatic and very special feel.
Loewe also offers a two-tone scarf with anthracite and cranberry fringes (225, net-a-porter.com).
Granted, these are big numbers to spend on a simple scarf, but they make more sense if you think of it as an accessory that will dress up all your clothes all winter long.
Slip one on over an old cream silk shirt and dark pants, add baroque pearl and gold earrings and you’ve got a whole new outfit.
The top of the oversized High Street scarves should be a beige Coss alpaca wool blend scarf with a wide band in turquoise color (59, cosstores.com). Also a good deal at 45 are the & Other Stories woolen scarves, with fringes (45, stories.com), supposedly because they are huge (50cm x 183cm). They are also available in a range of colors to go with or clash with anything you own.
Otherwise, Reiss makes an oversized textured cherry scarf (85, reiss.com); and Toast has a large mohair scarf (125) in a misty, drab golden plaid or a giant plaid lambswool scarf (185cm x 52cm) (95, toa.st/uk).
An Arkets plaid wool scarf, exceptional value at 69 (arket.com), and you’ll picnic on it next summer. What’s not to like?