Spring is here and you may be in the process of putting away your winter clothes as the weather warms up, but don’t put away all your scarves. I love wearing scarves. They’re a simple way to make a dressy outfit more casual or to deck out a simple ensemble with a chic pop of color or print. While you can retire the thicker, heavier fabrics for the season, the airier and lighter scarves are useful year-round.
Here are nine styles you can recreate by watching YouTube’s most popular makeup guru and Lancome makeup artist, Michelle Phan‘s 9 Different Silk Scarf Ideas video. All you need is your favorite silk square scarf. I can’t help but be impressed by the versatility of this single accessory, so I had to share her video! Whether you like just a few looks or love them all, there’s something for everyone to try. Just like handbags, a scarf can be a girl’s best friend!
The Necktie: This is a cute and simple way to add urban chicness to a plain T-shirt. You can even use a ring to add unique detail.
The Side Bow: For a sophisticated yet fun look, the side bow is perfect with a jean jacket.
The Necklace: To turn an evening look into day, add a bohemian flare to a “night-out” dress with this relaxed and easy going style.
The Scarf Purse: Going pool-side or to a picnic? This is a cute way to carry your sunglasses case, phone, sunblock, and a good read.
The Rose: The scarf knot is nice, but dress up your handbag with this lovely rose scarf idea next time.
The Halter Top: If you’re bold and daring enough to wear a scarf as a top, try the halter top look. You can wear it as a pool cover up, as well.
The Braided Neck Scarf: This is an interesting twist on the scarf braid or scarf-headband-and-ponytail look.
The Turban: Headscarf/wear styles get revamped with the use of a colorful, bold-print scarf.
Michelle is a budding philanthropist. Who doesn’t love a girl who can tie her passions into charity? The beautiful “Lotus War” scarf used in the video was designed by artist James Jean and made by OVM, a Japanese accessories company, in effort to help Japan after the March 11th earthquake/tsunami. Unfortunately, the limited edition scarf is now sold out but all proceeds were donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
You can also donate to the cause because while media coverage may be dwindling down, the issue still stands for millions of families across the country and world. Proceeds from the sale of singer Samantha James’ single “Wings of Faith” (heard in the video) will also donate to the charity. For more Michelle Phan videos, check out her other tutorials and ideas on everything style and beauty, and see her other channel dedicated entirely to charity.