Plaid Scarf


You can never go wrong with a plaid scarf. It's a hot trend that gets steamier during Fall & Winter, yet it's still one of those timeless fashion pieces that look stylish throughout the seasons. Wear it to the beach with your sun dress, your plain tee or knit sweater - it's the scarf to keep your style looking ever-fresh.

You can never go wrong with these checkered fashion scarves!

Blue and white plaid scarf by Nordstrom
Courtesy of Nordstrom

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I have to admit that this scarf style is pretty much seen on almost anyone on the street and has become a "mainstream pop culture accessory", so to avoid looking like you're following the stream of sheep, go for unusual color combos and steer away from the typical mini check Palestinian white-and-black mix.

How to Buy a Plaid Scarf

Flatter your complexion

Miranda Kerr wearing a plaid scarf
Miranda Kerr via Fashiongrail.com
Plaid scarves work in any color, but you should definitely pick a shade mix that complements your skin tone.

Reds, purple, orange and brown look fabulous on brunettes with a warm skin tone. Pink, blue, light grey and jewel tones suit blondes with a cooler skin tone.

If you want to have fun with fashion, you should try new color schemes for both the warm and cold months - like for example, deeper colors such as red, orange and brown for Fall; and pink, beige, yellow for Summer.

Plaid fashion scarves have for many become the epitome of cheap fashion, so I suggest looking for unusual plaid print color schemes.

Also keep the rest of your outfit tasteful (no faddish prints or colors, tacky details, etc.) to achieve a maximum chic style impact.

Select a scarf that goes great with your winter coats

So opt for a plaid wool scarf in versatile, timeless color base, such as dark navy blue, black and browns. These two basic colors go with everything.

If you want to add a pop of colors or create a preppy fashion statement, try classic red and green. Or anything different from the same 'ol color plaid schemes.

Styling tricks if you have a wide/round upper half/large bust

If you a visibly bigger torso or shoulder compared to your bottom half, you'll risk accentuating that area with a checkered scarf. I suggest that you wear it the bandanna way (pointy corner hanging down from your chest) or just casually drape it around your neck without tying a knot (knots tend to create lumps and bumps.

You should also opt for a check scarf with a dark color base which helps visually "break up" the area it's placed. Light colors tend to expand and can highlight the area you place it on.


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