That's a Wrap!

By Callie Martin

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It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing colour, the wind is cooling down, and pumpkin spice aficionados everywhere crowd into Starbucks in hopes of sipping on their favourite seasonal latte. With this snuggle-inducing weather comes even cozier fashion choices and accessories, few of which are more important than the scarf. Though most of us opt to simply drape it around our shoulders on a chilly autumn morning, the scarf is a far more versatile piece. Here are three ways to wear your scarf to its — and your — full potential:

1. The Classic
On those brisk mornings when you’re on your way to work, to visit your grandkids, or just out for a walk with friends, this style is perfect for those just beginning to wear scarves (and the best part it, it works with nearly every type of scarf imaginable). Start by holding the two ends of your scarf together in your dominant hand, and the “loop” in your other. From here, simply drape the scarf behind your neck lengthwise so the looped portion is resting over one shoulder, and the two ends over the other. From here, simply take the two ends and push them through the loop. Ta-da! You are instantly warm, fashionable, and ready to conquer your day.

2. The Non-Conformist
I get it — you’re a risk-taker. You snuck out of your house in your teens to visit your motorcycle-riding boyfriend, you spend your adult years climbing the career-ladder, raising your family, or even a combo of the two. Your eyeliner is still as sharp as your wit, and you want your fashion choices to reflect your style. Introducing, the scarf-belt!

Now, before someone sprains an eyeball from rolling it too hard, let me explain: this technique is meant for thin, silk scarves and pairs best with pencil skirts, tailored blouses or draped tops. This technique cinches you in to create a waist, instantly makes you look fabulous, and is far most comfortable than your traditional leather belts. To create the look, simply take your scarf and begin to fold it lengthwise until you reach the desired width. From there, wrap it around your waist, making it as tight or as loose as you like. When you’re happy with the placement, tie either a knot or a bow (whichever you’re in the mood for) at your back, side or front to truly customize this look.

3. The Actress
For those days that you don’t feel like washing your hair or fighting it into a discernible style, there is the scarf headband. Like with the scarf belt, it works best with thin, silk scarves (though on chilly mornings, it is not always unpleasant to have a knitted one topping your noggin). If your hair is on the longer side, make sure to tie it up first, while you short-haired ladies are already one step ahead. Begin by folding the scarf lengthwise (like with the belt) until you’ve reached your desired width and thickness. Once you’ve achieved this, hold one end of the scarf in each hand, and begin to wrap from the base of the back of your head, up and around to the crown (repeat as many or as few times as necessary, depending on the length of scarf). Once finished, tie it off in your preferred knot or bow at the side or base of your neck. If you tie it in a knot, tuck the ends in to streamline the look. Now, no one will know you didn’t shampoo this morning — only that you’re the most fashionable woman on your block.


october 2016 INSPIRED senior living


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