Today, it hit the 30’s. I realize for most of you, we Californians are a bunch of whiners and wimps when it comes to cold weather…guilty as charged. But, man that’s cold. Not freeze-your-face-off-can’t-go-outside kind of cold, but cold. And, I hear there’s more where that came from. In addition to cleaning out the gutters, and putting down the patio umbrellas (yes, it was at full mast up until today – this is California), I welcomed the opportunity to finally dig into my scarf drawer, and bring some coziness into my life. In addition to being a cold weather necessity, a fabulous scarf doubles as a pick-me-up, to the grey, denim, camel, black, navy palate, we tend to gravitate toward, in the cold winter months.
You all loved this oversized Kate Spade plaid scarf, when I posted it on Instagram earlier this week. Thinking I was sharing my new camel sweater coat, you all went crazy over the scarf! Oversized is an understatement, this is the longest scarf in my closet. At 84″long, I could mummify myself if it need be. For me, a scarf must be soft and cozy, no exceptions. And, I will not wear anything that sheds – mohair sticking to my lipstick or eyelashes when I’m already cold, uncomfortable and slightly irritated from having to be bundled up in such a fashion – is a non-starter.
A scarf like this, speaks for itself – it is the outfit. In order to give it the space it needs to shine, I keep things simple with the rest of the outfit, by selecting colors that are friendly, to the colors in the scarf. When I look at this plaid scarf, I see black as the base color, making my black cashmere turtleneck dress, black tights and booties an easy pick. Tights don’t provide much warmth in the cold, so I layered a second pair of thin bootie socks over my tights.
Oversized scarves are an economical (most are on sale, and if not, will be within the next few weeks), easy way to update your neutral outfits, during cold winter months!
I find scarves everywhere from retail stores to second hand. Some of the best come from sites like Ebay, ThredUp, Poshmark and consignment/thrift stores. When you buy second-hand, you just might grab a gorgeous Misssoni, DVF, Rag and Bone, Kate Spade, or Cashmere piece – at a fraction of it’s full value. Be sure to check measurements, so you know what you are getting! For reference, mine plaid scarf here, is 84″ long, and I am 5’7″.
I rounded up a few beautiful oversized scarves for you all here.
Simply scroll through using the arrows. If you find one you like, click on the photo for the link.
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Off to clean out the gutters, they say mother nature will be dumping a swimming pool on us this weekend!
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jodie filogomo says
I do think scarves can be the most versatile accessory out there!!
Love this one and how you made it the focal point, Suzanne!
Hi Jodie! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I love scarves..I wish we could wear them more out here! This plaid one is my new favorite! XO Suzanne
Yep 30s isn’t cold?? but I get you cali people. I will love scarf loke that too. I can be worn several ways, and this one looks super stylish on you.
Hello there Bukky! Yes, 30’s would probably be a beautiful day in many parts of this country! But, I am happy I got to dig out my scarves..now experimenting with new ways to wear ’em! xx Suzanne
That’s a beautiful scarf! I love scarves, too. And, yes, they have to be soft… I love your sweater coat, too!
Hi Andrea! Thank you so much! I waited and waited for this to go on sale and finally picked it up at the Nordstrom Rack! The sweater coat was bought there at the same trip, I’ve been getting plenty of use out of both pieces! Hope you had a nice weekend and stayed dry! xx
Love these big scarves! They make wonderful cover-ups at the chilly movies and restaurants too. Thanks for linking up, xo
Thank you Patti! Funny you mention using this as a cover-up! Just yesterday, it doubled for me as a blanket, in my chilly home while I was working from home…so cozy! xx