Fashion is the way I introduce myself to the world, every day, without saying anything.

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Probably the number one request I get from readers is to do a post about the 10 pieces you should have in your closet. Or rather, classic pieces that can be worn again and again. While I do think a blazer and a white button down are smart investments, I’ve always hesitated from making this list because style is so personal. Maybe I’m a leather jacket gal and a blazer wouldn’t work for me. Maybe earrings are my thing and I’d rather invest in something awesome rather than spend my money on pricey jeans. You get my drift.

I also don’t buy into the notion that certain colors or patterns aren’t classic. Trends come and go, yes, black will always be in, but think about your Mother’s wardrobe and tell me there aren’t some colorful pieces that you’re itching to make your own.

So, if I’m going to build a list of pieces I think you should own, I’m going to do it in a very roundabout way. This winter, my number one recommendation for your closet is an amazing scarf.

What makes a scarf amazing? Again, totally subjective, but each piece can serve the owner in its unique way. Here are my scarf investing tips:



Size matters. A large scarf can be worn around your neck or belted like this. It can also be worn as a shawl for special events or a blanket for long plane rides. Small scarves are great too, when commuting and you don’t have a ton of room to stow personal items.



Pattern! And color! This look is so classic, and can easily be done in the summer, since the silk scarf is so lightweight. Tying the scarf different ways (even worn around the wrist!) means endless accessory possibilities.


A plaid scarf doesn’t have to be taken so literally. Above, she’s wearing hers with pumps and what looks to be a day to night holiday outfit. Fancy plaid!


Material, as always, matters, except in the case of faux (never real!) fur. Wool, cashmere, silk, check. Faux fur looks luxe enough, it’s okay that it’s 100% polyester. Just stay away from open flame. 😉

Lastly, avoid decade placing pieces. What I mean is, don’t wear a scarf that years from now will evoke “Oh my god that was SO 2014!” I’m talking to you, infinity scarves!

In the market for a scarf? Here’s my list:

// patterned // silk // plaid // faux fur // oversized // small //



images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


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6 years ago

Great post Allie! I’m not a big scarf person, but Ash bought me one for my birthday and I’m beginning to come around!

6 years ago
Reply to  ccastor82

Thanks Chels! Totally wrote today’s post with you in mind 🙂