Crazy for Color

I love a bright and colorful ensemble. Despite my oft-professed love of the ever-versatile neutral, brights can be just as multi-functional in a girl’s wardrobe, as long as they’re being used in the right way.

Which is why I was so happy to stumble across a whole rack of vividly colored, patterned, and beautifully bright scarves recently at my local Goodwill shop. A scarf is a great and easy way to add an instant pop of vibrant color to any outfit, without a lot of effort or time spent agonizing in front of the mirror.

And with an amazing and constantly rotating selection of pretty pieces like the one at my go-to thrifting spot, it’s unbelievably easy to find the perfect scarf to go with nearly any outfit. If you’re looking for something you can pair effortlessly with a wide range of looks, go for a scarf with an eye-catching pattern that’s sure to get you noticed, like a dazzling strip, zigzag, or chevron print. Or, for a seriously sophisticated alternative that’s sure to pair well with your work wardrobe, try a bold floral or pretty paisley, like the gray, white, and peach pick at the far left of the photo.

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Whether you’re drawn to elegant paisleys or daring and dramatic graphic prints, you’re sure to find a scarf (or several) that works well with your wardrobe, and which you can easily throw on and go when you need to add a little extra oomph to your most tried-and-true ensembles.

Pattern and color aren’t as tricky as they seem. Really! Whether you pair a pretty scarf with an entirely neutral set of items or clothing in equally bright shades, the key is to keep your outfit relatively simple. For a fuss-free but still polished look, stick to solids when choosing your ensemble. Here, I’ve chosen a basic but still pretty summer look consisting of a solid tee in a vibrant blue that I picked off the rack at my local Goodwill, and tailored gray shorts. Perfect for wearing while running around town on the weekends or even to work (in a more casual environment) with a snazzy pair of heels, this look is simple but still put together. But the perfect finishing touch for the end of summer? A light, breezy, and brightly colored scarf that would truly takes any easy look up a notch.

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