Inexpensive scarves can make your wardrobe new again

How a Scarf Can Add Style to Your Outfit

by Shaunna Privratsky

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Maybe you have a presentation at work or school. Or you're going in for an interview and you really want to stand out. Or you're just tired of your same old outfits, but don't have the money to go on a huge shopping spree.

Why not add a scarf? Scarves come in a multitude of fabrics, styles, sizes and shapes and can brighten any outfit. They never go out of style, and you can find them almost anywhere for much less than a new outfit. It is an easy and affordable way to tap into the latest trend without breaking the bank.

Take a suit and add instant glam with a scarf. Or dress up a plain T-shirt for a fun evening out with your friends. Or dress up a pair of plain pants with a scarf tied as a belt. You can even tie a scarf to the handle of your handbag for an instantly chic look.

Your winter coat or jacket is looking a bit tired, but the budget doesn't have room for a new one. Add a scarf and some matching mittens and your outerwear suddenly looks great again. I do this every year, and am still getting compliments on my seven-year-old wool jacket. In fact, last year a clerk at a department store pulled me aside to see where I'd gotten my jacket. I laughingly explained that my coat was over six years old. "Well, it looked new to me," she said with a smile.

Scarves are not just for the ladies. Men can get in on the fun with stylish scarves for jackets or coats, and even go black tie with an elegant scarf added to a tuxedo.

If you would really like to save money, you can even sew your own scarves. Fabric stores sell remnants or remainders for a fraction of the cost, and most are plenty big enough for a scarf. You can start with a large square or rectangle. Some fabrics can simply be cut, or you can sew a hem. Use invisible thread or a color that blends in with the fabric and sew around the edges. You can even use iron-on hems to make it even easier. You are only limited by your imagination!

Now that I've gotten you excited about scarves, there are many different ways to tie them. Find an entertaining video on 10 different ways to tie a scarf here.

The names even sound fun like the neck wrap, the French twist, the classic loop, the swirl, the forget-me-knot, the double tail, the necklace, the wrap, the necktie, and the daytimer. Try these looks or make up your own personal style. There is never really a wrong way to tie a scarf.

So whether you buy new or sew your own, scarves are an easy, fun way to add style to your outfit without stripping your budget. Why don't you tie one on today?

Reviewed October 2017

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Shaunna Privratsky became an expert in personal finance out of necessity. Between writing, reading and gardening, she is always on the lookout for bargains. Please sign up for the free newsletters at The Discount Diva. You can also visit Shaunna on Google+.

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