Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Scarves & Jewelry: Combining the Two

So as I'm taking pictures of a slew of scarves that I'm now selling in my store, it occurred to me to combine my favorite new necklace (the large cuff necklace at the top of the picture below....thrifted for $5!) and this gorgeous silver scarf.  The scarf itself seemed like jewelry to me, so to combine them just seemed so natural.  I think it makes for a GREAT statement look - the perfect way to add some drama to a neutral outfit!

Start with........

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These are all of the ones I own.  I inherited the bottom two from my mother.  I rarely wear them, and now I'm wondering why!? 
* Side Note:  Don't we all have things we love in our closet or jewelry box that, for some obscure reason, we never wear them?  I'm making it a point to pull those things out and actually wear them and not just love them from afar!


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Dress up a basic black dress with a touch of drama.  Of course, you could use any scarf you have.  Long rectangle scarves work best for this....to keep it a bit more casual, you could use a really colorful or whimsical scarf.


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The scarf can be knotted around the neck cuff in a variety of ways. 

Simply folded in half and draped over the middle.
Wrapped around a couple of times and then tied in a square knot.
Use that same square know and double back the scarf ends to form a fluffy bow.



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Don't want it draping down the front?  Why not wrap a silk scarf around your neck cuff and then tie off in the back?  



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Of course, the neck cuff need not even show.  Use a large square scarf  and gather one end and drape over the front of the cuff.  Pull it down as much as you want for a bib effect.  You can then cinch the waist, like I've shown in the picture....or you can tuck it into a skirt or slacks.  I've shown this worn OVER a cashmere blend top, but you can wear it with nothing underneath (just be sure to cinch it firmly enough that the girls stay put!)

Put a jacket over it and you've got a peplum-ish look.  It's also a great way to take advantage of the great prints scarves offer without the price of a full silk print blouse! 


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And finally, for now, tie your scarf like a men's necktie around your cuff necklace.  I used my thinner necklace that is actually shaped to lay flat on the neck.  

The more gorgeous scarves I find, the more I want to use them, but wearing them around my neck just gets too hot!  As Pam can tell you, scarves are a great way to get more mileage from the basics that you have and mix things up in your wardrobe.  I rarely see her without a scarf and she ALWAYS looks immaculately well dressed!

So please let me know if you give this a shot!  It's given me a renewed motivation to think outside the box where my scarves are concerned!

By the way, everything in my store is 20% off right now!




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13 comments:

  1. Brilliant!!! I'm getting ready for a trip and I love all the ideas here!! I never thought of this. Thank you so much for opening up my eyes to the creative possibilities. xxoo

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  2. I was looking at those scarves last night in your Ebay store. You have so many great new ones! I have just about finished paying for the wedding, so if they are around in October, I need a few more of them. I have loved the ones I bought from you, even with the Tulsa heat, since most of them are natural fibers. Thanks!

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  3. First, Sweet Serene, thanks for the mention. But I am so excited to try the scarf wrapped around a cuff necklace!! What a great idea and I love they bottom scarf! I cleaned out my daughter's closet last weekend and SCORE...found a slew of cute scarves she left behind. With her scarves, and your ideas...I have a bunch of new outfits!! You are the best!

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  4. Great ideas. I don't have any necklaces like that, but maybe I can think of something else that can be used.

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  5. Wow! These are such creative ways to wear scarves!
    I'm inspired!! :)

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  6. Wonderful, creative ideas, Serene! I'm going to check out your store now too - I haven't been there in a little while, sorry! but I am going to look at your scarf selection : >

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  7. Oh Serene--I'm so glad you're back-I've missed you!!
    Awesome ideas--I'm itching for it to cool down enough to start wearing my scarves!!

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  8. Wow, I LOVE those cuff necklaces! I've been looking for something just like that but I didn't know what it was called - very cool!!

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  9. Genius!!! I love it Serene! I will be taking a stab at a few of these;)....
    www.swoonblog.com

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  10. Great post of inspiration!Esp the one that looks like a blouse if you put a jacket or cardi over it.

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  11. I am absolutely going to try that! ...as soon as I get a wide collar necklace. Perhaps I will play with my thinner ones in the meantime. But the scarf completely wrapped around that wide necklace calls to me....

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  12. I love all the different looks that can be done by using a scarf and cuff necklace. Great ideas!

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  13. i never imagines that it could be possible! these cuff necklaces are actually being sold in antique jewelry sales nationwide and still they find it precious to keep. nice idea and keep on sharing!

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