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Francesca Federico is a senior undergraduate student at New York University, majoring in Global Liberal Studies and minoring in Classical Music and French. She has been studying in Paris since August 2012, at NYU's campus as well as with the Paris Conservatory. An opera singer and harpist, Francesca is interested in pursuing both fashion and classical music in her later life. She created her blog, The Minx, in 2009, and uses it as a visual diary of her travels and evolving personal style. Her favorite designers include Marni, Dior, Rochas, Theyskens Theory and Tsumori Chisato. Francesca is also an avid writer of both poetry and prose, having been published in Mexico City's Ofi Press magazine, as well as the Jacket2 experimental poetry journal out of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently at work on her third novel. She is glad to have moved back to New York this fall, although her wanderlust is eternal.

How To Tie A Scarf

Eva Mendes rocking a silk "scurban" (Credit: Perez Hilton)

Eva Mendes rocking a silk “scurban” (Photo Credit: Perez Hilton)

Today at Miss A, we’re here to help you channel your favorite stars from the past and present while taking advantage of one of spring’s biggest trends: scarves. No longer simply a winter accoutrement to keep your neck warm (warm necks are passé anyways), scarves can be wrapped, tied, folded and otherwise manipulated to compliment your sunny spring ensembles. Take notes from these screen sirens, and become the girl everyone can’t stop talking about.


Eva Mendes – The “Scurban”

Eva Mendes donned this silky head accessory at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. Her version is Prada,  but we found a similar version at Saks  by Eugenia Kim, $55. It’s quite easy to make your own DIY “scurban” by folding a short silk scarf or bandana, wrapping it around the front of your head, and then tying the ends behind. The faux turban will look great with your hair loose or tied up like Eva’s.



Brigitte Bardot looking insouciant in her mod headscarf (Credit: hellorhighfashion.blogspot.com)

Brigitte Bardot looking insouciant in her mod headscarf (Photo Credit: hellorhighfashion.blogspot.com)

Brigitte Bardot – The Parisienne 

French actress and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot is known for her saucy roles and scanty costumes, but this look from the film Le Mepris is more reminiscent of a French schoolgirl. Perfectly easy and breezy, this scarf is best when worn with a Breton striped top, and hair teased into a messy bouffant. A vintage silk scarf is always classic, like this one from Dior, $20 (found via Etsy!)






Ashley Olsen perfectly interprets the scarf trend for spring (Credit: Just Jared)

Ashley Olsen perfectly interprets the scarf trend for spring (Photo Credit: Just Jared)

Ashley Olsen – The Cosmopolitan

Ashley Olsen is always an arbiter of trends, and this look is perfectly breezy for hitting the city streets. Wearing a long printed scarf untied is a bit bohemian, and looks great when paired with a boxy blouse and skinny trousers. You’ll be able to add interest to your outfit without getting sweaty – try this one by Ted Baker, $90, for a look that’s both sweet and edgy.






Catherine Deneuve has been making headscarves look good for decades (Credit: playingwithscarves.blogspot.com)

Catherine Deneuve has been making headscarves look good for decades (Photo Credit: playingwithscarves.blogspot.com)

Catherine Deneuve – The Driving Scarf

During the 1950s and 60s, women would often tie scarves around their heads to protect their hairdos from the wind and rain. Whether you’re afraid of frizz or driving a convertible, take note of Catherine Deneuve’s perfectly polished look. You can avoid looking prissy by pairing it with a button-up blouse and large sunglasses, you might even be mistaken for a celebrity dodging the paps! This scarf by Hermès, $375, is the crème de la crème.





Julianne Moore is both trendy and timeless in her silk scarf (Credit: Glamourmagazine.co.uk)

Julianne Moore is both trendy and timeless in her silk scarf (Photo Credit: Glamourmagazine.co.uk)

Julianne Moore – The Secretary 

The pussy-bow scarf makes a statement, and is a perfect transitional piece from work to weekend-wear. Julianne Moore gets it right by wearing it oversized, in graphic black and white. Tie one around the collar of a sleeveless blouse, and you’ll elevate simple shorts and flats to an outfit that will convince everyone that you’re the gal who’s really got it all together. This piece by Drake X J.Crew, $225, is an instant classic.

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