Donna is a retired Certified Image Consultant with experience in women's fashions and cosmetics. She loves sharing insider fashion tips.
Save cash and update your wardrobe in a flash with scarves and wraps for women in silky, rich fabrics and colors. These fashion accessories are a stylish solution for adding a smack of color to suits, dresses, tops, beachwear or even formal attire.
They are suitable for any body shape or age. Even better, they are this season’s smartest buy for the well-informed shopper who wants to add the latest trendy colors to her outfits without emptying her wallet.
Scarf Tips from the Scarf Magican
Types of Scarves and Wraps
While it would take a book (or several) to list every possible style or textile that is used to create wraps and scarves for women, there are some popular designs that stay in fashion year after year such as:
- Crochet: Hand or machine constructed from fibers ranging from fine cottons to luxurious blends in a variety of patterns, colors and styles.
- Pashmina: Hand or machine made from pashmina fibers or blends in solids, patterns or prints and often embellished with beadwork or embroidery.
- Cashmere: Created from pure cashmere or blends in many different styles and colors.
- Knit: Machine or hand made from the same fibers used for crocheted wraps and shawls in a wide range of patterns and styling details.
- Silk: Manufactured from many grades of silk or blends in a multitude of patterns, prints, designs and colors.
- Evening: Created in rainbow palettes of colors or embellished with designer details such as beads, sequins, cutwork or embroidery.
- Wool: Designers and manufacturers use blends or 100 percent wool textiles.
- Lace: Needle lace, bobbin lace, and Chantilly lace are just a few of the many types of lace used to make delicate, airy scarves and wraps.
- Fur: Depending on the whim of the designer, these can be made of real or faux furs or a blend of textile and fur.
Turn a Scarf Into a Halter
How to Tie Four in Hand Knot
Wearing Tips and Tricks
You may think scarves are just a pretty substitute for necklaces or wraps are strictly for keeping your shoulders from feeling a chill.
However, these items are inexpensive shortcuts to style that transform an outfit from ho-hum to timeless sophistication in seconds.
Suit jackets and blazers look less like uniforms and more like fashion garments with the addition of a colorful scarf or a paisley shawl draped under the collar or casually draped over one shoulder and secured with a brooch.
Here are the top three ways to wear them for some head-turning wardrobe pizzazz:
- Faux necktie: Fold a square scarf in half and then in quarters. Drape around the neck from front to back and wrap the right hand side of the scarf over, under and around the left hand side forming a loose knot. Pull the right hand side of the scarf through the knot and tighten gently. Let the ends dangle. (This is a version of the man’s four in hand knot; see video above for visual instructions).
- Faux top: Use a large square or triangle scarf or wrap. Wrap it around the body from back to front, crossing the ends over the bosom. Tie the ends at the back of the neck as you would a halter-top.
- Faux Skirt: You will need an oversized square or triangle scarf or shawl to create this look. If your midsection is trim, you want to position the knot at your waistline, but if you need to disguise the hips, the scarf should be secured below the waist. Wrap from back to front and tie a square knot to secure.
Scarves and wraps for women can do double duty as outwear garments to replace a bulkier coat or jacket or function as a lightweight beach cover just to mention a few possibilities. They are flattering fashion pieces that transcend the seasons and trends with class and style.
Tie One On!
How to Tie a Pretzel Knot
Shopping for Wraps and Shawls
Buy these simple, inexpensive fashion accessories at your favorite local retailer or online.
For the best savings, buy at the end of a season rather than the beginning as you could save as much as 70 percent off retail when the merchants are trying to clear out inventory to make way for newer stock.
Some great places to start your search are at off-price stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls or even the local dollar stores.
Overstock and eBay are other wonderful venues for finding bargains but if you see a style or color you like, it’s best to snap it up before it is gone. Some good online vendors are:
- Banana Republic: Shop 24/7 from the convenience of your home and enjoy free shipping on qualifying orders. Banana Republic stocks a huge variety of women’s scarves and wraps for every occasion.
- Sierra Trading Post: Get the most bang for your beauty bucks when you make your selection from this collection of wraps, shawls and scarves. Pay with PayPal, major credit card, or opt for their BillMeLater plan.
© 2012 Donna Cosmato
Do You Prefer Scarves or Wraps as Accessories?
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on June 11, 2012:
Thanks for reading and commenting, Rosemay. I've always loved accessorizing with scarves, and I learned some new tricks myself from the Scarf Magician. I'm so glad you liked this!
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on June 10, 2012:
Great article Donna. You have shown a wonderful selection of types ofscarves. I have several scarves they can make such a difference to an outfit. Thank you for the video of the scarf magician
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on May 31, 2012:
Thanks for the vote, moonlake. I really glad so many people enjoyed this hub. I enjoyed putting it together and playing with my own shawls and scarves to get some new ideas on how to accessorize with them.
moonlake from America on May 30, 2012:
I don't leave the house in the winter without a scarve the brighter the color the better. Enjoyed your hub. Voted.
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on May 30, 2012:
Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Lesley! I love shawls and scarves because they are so versatile yet inexpensive! I'm glad you enjoy this hub; I really enjoyed creating it.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on May 30, 2012:
I love pashmina's - scarves are so popular these days, they are a great fashion accessory.
Thank you for an interesting hub, voted up!
Best wishes Lesley
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on May 14, 2012:
Hi, Ricky, thanks for your feedback on this hub. Scarves are quite the thing this year, so I'm glad I held onto a few. It's always nice to hear from you - have a beautiful day!
Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on May 14, 2012:
Donna, very useful information on scarves. I didn't know they were so many different types. I would say they are big in the fashion world though. Great article. Best wishes.
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on May 08, 2012:
Thanks a million, Anurag! I'm glad you liked this one - I love writing about beautiful fashions like these shawls and wraps!
Anurag Ghosh on May 08, 2012:
Great article! Loved the series of images at the top. Beautiful! Voted up.
Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on May 08, 2012:
I'm glad you liked this article on scarves and wraps, always exploring. These are some of my favorite fashion accessories because they are inexpensive and require no special skills or abilities as a "fashion magician."
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 07, 2012:
I like a beautiful sweater scarf in the wintertime. I don't think they will ever go out of style. Your article was interesting..Thank you..