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The New Girl Upstairs - Your Working Wardrobe

Let’s face it, for most of us, getting ready for work in the morning leaves little time for being creative with our wardrobe.   I used to work in the City and, not being the best timekeeper in the world and so always facing a last-minute dash to catch the Northern Line in the morning, I found the key to a successful working wardrobe was just to keep it very simple.    Well-made classic separates – a white shirt, a trouser suit, a smart dress, a black polo-neck, a well-made skirt, a good blazer and a trench coat, all worn on rotation, would see me through the week and save me precious minutes in the morning.  I went for failsafe colours too – black, charcoal grey, beige, camel, navy and white.

But while my little capsule ticked the boxes (hopefully) looking both smart and office-appropriate, it could get a little BORING.   I think that’s where my obsession with scarves began.   Adding a beautiful scarf allowed me to bring a little of my own personality into the mix but without going too mad (I worked in a very sober male-only environment) and also helped lift my outfits without the expense of buying something completely new.   More than anything, having always adored fashion, adding a scarf to my outfits allowed me to have a bit of fun without compromising my professionalism.

And now that I work for the UK’s largest online retailer of scarves, I am spoilt for choice!    The uniform in our little office in lovely Lytham St Annes is much more relaxed.   It’s smart-casual which allows me to be way more experimental with my wardrobe and wear scarves to my heart’s content.  Nonetheless, I thought a working wardrobe edit would be useful to those of our customers who do work in a more formal environment.  With this in mind, I’ve selected five of my favourite scarves from our number 37 collection – one for each day of the week – to help enhance and personalise a few simple classic work outfits.    I love what a difference a scarf can make!

And don’t forget we have produced a wonderful How to Tie a Silk Scarf blog if you want some more inspiration for tying your scarves!!!

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Silk Scarf – Animal & Tropical Print – Orange & Brown 

This pure silk scarf features an elegant and eye-catching animal print body in a rich palette of orange and brown. As you can see from the photograph, it adds a beautiful pop of colour to an otherwise very understated and simple dress and navy blazer combo.   

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Zebra Print Grey and Black Italian MicroModal Scarf

The grey and black zebra print in this scarf looks great against office-friendly black separates.   If you have never worn MicroModal before, and like to be creative with your scarves, I urge you to give it a whirl.  It has a unique feel, soft but with a certain hold to the fabric which means it is easy to style.   It is also a great choice for scarf-wearing during the summer as it is both absorbent and breathable, staying cool to the touch.

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Pale Pink and Cream Linen Scarf

This beautiful, ultra-feminine linen scarf taps into this season’s seemingly never-ending love-affair with pink.   We have styled this with a simple trench but it would look equally good over jeans and a fitted top for a weekend wardrobe.   I think it looks great!

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Silk Scarf – Chinoiserie Pink & Navy

Another day.  Another silk!    This work-of-art scarf in on-trend chinoiserie is tied with a simple knot and adjusted so that the knot sits on one side, looks elegant over a simple grey dress.   This simple layer is an effective way to wear a sleeveless dress if you are not completely comfortable going for a total bare-arms exposure!  It also taps into this season’s unending obsession with florals!

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Black Italian MicroModal Scarf

And so to Friday and I’ve chosen a much less formal feel for the end of the working week with an Italian MicroModal scarf.   These fringed scarves come in a beautiful palette of just-right-for-just-now colours and feel wonderfully soft against the skin.   They’re a versatile choice and can be worn in a number of ways.  For this shoot, the style is very relaxed – doubled around the neck and put together with cigarette trousers and an unstructured blazer.  Hope you like!


And so five beautiful scarves.   Five beautiful work-appropriate looks.   I hope this saves you a few precious moments in the mornings.   Please let us know what you think.   We LOVE your feedback!!!!

Ciao bellissime.  A presto!

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