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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!