Keeping with the (apparent) theme of easy and inexpensive ways to step up my style, today I'm going to focus on scarves. If I had a uniform, it would be a basic top, jeans, flats or boots, and a brightly colored or patterned scarf tied ever-so-effortlessly around my neck. Easy, cozy, cheap.
A perfect example is the lovely Rachel Bilson:
photo courtesy of splendicity.com
Rachel isn't doing anything groundbreaking here: she's basically dressed like a waiter, with her black pants and white shirt, right? But the bright yellow of the scarf (along with the cut of her pants, her sunglasses, and all-around stylishness) definitely elevates what would be a plain, unmemorable outfit. Instead, this photo is all over the Internet.
Here are a few scarves I found at a variety of price points. Buy a few and mix it up!
Old Navy - $10
I love Old Navy for their basics, like long sleeve Ts, sweaters, and flops, of course. They have a ton of great scarves at even better prices.
My favorite place to shop as of late is Ann Taylor Loft. I love that the clothes manage to be both trendy and classic, perfect for a future lawyer like myself. They have a great selection of scarves, as well.
Want a yellow scarf like Ms. Bilson? Check out Banana Republic for a similar look in soft cashmere.
Banana - $70
And for a brighter look, check out Overstock.com.
Yesec via Overstock - $11.59
The options are really endless! If you're having trouble justifying this purchase, do what I do, and use the seemingly never-ending winter as an excuse to buy a few new "necessary" accessories. I mean, you have to stay warm, right?