Trend test drive: Summer scarf
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.
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.
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!)