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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Trend test drive: Summer scarf

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Scarf It's counter-intuitive, isn't it? A summer scarf? But they're all over this season, and natch, I wanted in.

Summer scarves must be lightweight and airy. The goal is to not look like an idiot: "HEEEEY THERE! IT'S 93 DEGREES AND I'M WEARING A SCARF! HAR HAR! WANNA BEACH IT?"

It also comes down to the wrap technique. I wore a $16.95 beaded scarf from New York & Company two ways, letting my neck choose the winner. Keen readers might recognize our boyfriend, Mr. Scarf, from the Deal Divas summer round up. See?  We DO wear this stuff.

Scarf1 IN THIS CORNER: A TOTAL NECK WRAP WITH TWO DANGLY-HANGY-DOs IN FRONT!

I wore this style last month in New York on a work trip, during a day in the Hamptons. If there's a good place to potentially look like an ass, it's hundreds of miles away in a land where people wear Lacoste to check the mail.

This tight wrap felt a little stuffy to me. I need to earn a lot more money before I can convincingly wear a scarf this way. (See also: cardigan around shoulders, Coach loafers, golfwear in general). And by the eighth Diet Coke that day, my sodium-inflamed neck was begging for sweet freedom.

IN THAT CORNER: A MELLOW LOOPY DO THING!Scarf_2

Scene: Sidewalk dinner with a girlfriend at Moon Under Water in St. Pete. I paired Mr. Scarf with slouchy jeans, straw shoes and a tank top.

This time, I folded the scarf evenly and looped the free end through the hole. It was much looser on my neck, and thus, I could successfully eat, laugh, and drink unlimited artificial sweetener. I looked so chill, some hippie even offered me poetry on the sidewalk in exchange for my leftover walnut pesto salmon.  Success!

WINNER: Makes me wanna loop!

THE BEST PART: this look can transition into fall with a cute jacket. Give scarves a chance. We promise no one will laugh at you. Maybe.

~ Deal Diva Stephanie

Photos: Times file, me (note: car photo taken safely at red light, seat belt hidden under arm briefly. Safety first, people!)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:09pm]

    

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