The Dos and Don’ts of Scarf Matching

Fashion scarves are on the rise. They come in many bright colors, shapes and patterns. But since they come in so many varieties, it’s logical to wonder: Do I have to match my scarf to my outfit? And my answer to you is yes and no. Too much matching is a problem.

Of course, you don’t want to completely clash, either.

So now you’re probably wondering: how do I moderate this? Well, here are some dos and don’ts just for you.

DO mix patterns with solids. A patterned shirt with a solid colored scarf would look great as would a solid colored shirt with a patterned scarf.

DON’T go overboard. Your polka dot shirt with your polka dot headband AND those polka dot shoes will not look good with your polka dot scarf, ok?

DO go back to elementary school art and remember that color wheel. Remember that colors opposite of each other on the color wheel are complementary to each other.

DON’T match that bright-eye-popping-I-can’t-look-away scarf with your most outrageously bright outfit. It will be too much.

DO match your bright scarves with more neutral colored outfits.

When push comes to shove and you just still aren’t sure about the scarf DO look in a full sized mirror. If you have any doubts, then DO trust your instincts and DON’T wear it. DO ask an honest friend what she thinks about your outfit, but DON’T ask your adoring boyfriend. (He thinks you’re beautiful in whatever you wear, or at least that’s what he tells you. And what does he know about fashion anyway?)

DO wear scarves. Be bold. DO dare to take risks. Happy scarf wearing!

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