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Forget Blush: Scarves Can Do Wonders For Your Washed Out Face

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March 13, 2008

As we begin switching out our heavy wool coats, furry hats, and cozy mittens for chic spring trenches and short-sleeve cardigans, one outerwear accessory should stay put – at least in my book. The scarf has become a season hopping, all-event appropriate article showing up on the necks of some very fashion forward ladies (myself included, dare I say). Last week, we shared with you which scarves to choose for the warmer months ahead, so this week, we're all about color. A scarf can do wonders to bring out your complexion, make your eyes pop, or create a bold statement for an otherwise boring outfit.  It all depends on the hue.

A cream or white colored scarf will automatically brighten your complexion and give an overall freshness to your ensemble. Because the scarf is next to your face, the focal point of people's attention, your face will be instantly highlighted. A light piece like this Love Quotes Italian Linen Scarf in Dove ($85) acts like a little facial halo. 

When you need to add a punch of color to your dreary look, a scarf can be the perfect option. It's usually a good idea to stay within the warm tones, as these will also complement your complexion. Sometimes, a green or a bad blue can make you look too pale or almost sickly – which is not flattering on anyone. Also try to stick to solid colors or one with subtle detailing, as patterns tend to compete for the eye's attention, and with an accessory, you want to keep it as simple as possible. This Gap guava scarf ($19.50) is the perfect color and weight for warmer months.
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I am a big proponent of the black scarf, even in spring and summer, but it must be worn correctly or else you run the risk of looking either too formal or too goth. First and foremost, the scarf should be very lightweight and almost sheer to contrast its heavy color. Black scarves look their best paired with casual light-colored shirts. Because its color makes the black scarf so dramatic, you have to offset that intensity and that richness with something like a basic white tee, spring tank, or button-down oxford. Paired with jeans, this contrast will make for an edgy, chic, and laid-back cool ensemble. Try this oversized silk version from Intermix ($98).

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