ACCESSORIES REPORT: Keeping a Cool Head

One thing I have consistently struggled with every summer is how to keep my hair off my face while still managing to style it in a presentable way. For my middle school years that meant a ponytail every day, and you can imagine how old that got. As I came into my style I came across a magic accessory — the scarf. Scarves are one of the most versatile accessories in my book. They can be worn as a stylish belt, around the neck in a variety of ways and, my personal favorite, as head wrap or headband.

This week’s Fashionista kept her outfit simple but decided to keep it interesting with fun summer accessories. A simple ribbed coral tank top adds a punch of color to this Fashionista’s basic white short shorts. Her hands and fingers are adorned with colorful bracelets: one beaded African-inspired bracelet, a light blue rope with a peace symbol and a Stella & Dot sparkle bead bracelet. Her ring brought in some color with a turquoise stone on a gold band. Her necklaces kept up with the blue hues. She is wearing a gold chain necklace with a teardrop aquamarine stone and a gold baby bar necklace tops off the jewelry of her outfit. This Fashionista’s major accessory is the printed multi-colored hair scarf. This scarf creates the look for the whole outfit, giving it a low key bohemian vibe. To complete this Fashionista’s look are some rope flip flop sandals.

When adapting a head scarf into your personal look, I would go for two very distinct looks: one being a more simple look (similar to this week’s Fashionista’s) or one look having a full bohemian vibe to it. For a simpler look, go for your favorite jeans, or neutral shorts, and a top that is comfortable and has a similar color to one of the colors in your scarf. My favorite fabrics for summer scarfs are silk and linen. Silk scarves always come in a multitude of colors and prints while linen scarfs are a light breathable fabric, which is perfect for the summer heat! For a bohemian look, opt for a breezy maxi skirt in a solid color, or for a bolder look go for an opposing print from your scarf. To keep up with the breezy look, put on a flowy tank top in a neutral color. When deciding how to put the scarf in your hair, there are lots of options. I’m sure tutorials can be found on the Internet. To finish off the look, add a stack of bangles, friendship bracelets and gold chains.

Spotted: Head scarves were the hot accessories on the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2013 ready-to-wear runway show.

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