A scarf can add instant style to a basic winter outfit, as well as help keep you warm.
There are lots of different scarf styles available this season. This article breaks down some of the most popular scarf trends for winter 2010/11.
Snoods and infinity scarfs
Snoods or infinity scarfs are tubular in style with no open ends. They first became popular last season and are back with a vengeance. You simply place them over your head and arrange them at the neck. They are available in lightweight through to heavyweight fabrics and all manner of colors and textures. Some of the most popular looks include; jersey fabric versions, classic looking cashmere styles, textured knit styles with cables, bobbles and other effects, and styles that form two or more rows.
Animal print is popular in all areas of the fashion industry this winter. When it comes to scarves, you will find that leopard print is the favored animal print. They come in classic brown and beige versions as well as bright color background versions like purple with black leopard print. Other than animal prints there are also lots of floral styles and polka dots showing up.
Fur is very popular for winter 2010/11. When it comes to scarves you will find that the vast majority are constructed from faux fur. However there are a few real fur versions around, if you are that way inclined. Some styles even have the tail section still attached and make a feature out of it. You will find styles that buckle at the neck, stole versions, and even Peter Pan style collars. Most are in neutral colors like beige or black.
Many designers have combined the hood with the scarf to create a hooded scarf effect. Some are closer to cape sized and these can really help keep you warm outside.
Lots of scarves feature some form of ornamentation or decoration. Think studs, sequins, beading, fringing, crochet details, lace touches, bobble or pom poms and feather details.
Knit and silk style scarves are still very popular, but scarves made from jersey fabric are really taking off. They tend to look good paired with casual items and many are made from fabrics that can be washed at home like cotton, modal or viscose.
Many scarves are adorned with some form of ruffle decoration. Some scarves feature large ruffled edges, others feature smaller ruffles just on the bottom edge or one side. Many of the larger ruffled edge styles form capes or shawls.
If you have some spare cash to lash out on a new scarf, have fun shopping for this seasons trends!