Saved by the Scarf

Is there one spring accessory better than all the others?

It’s so difficult to pick favorites when there are so many totally fabulous (and fantastically priced!) finds every day at your local thrift shop, but I would say that there is one item that makes dressing up a boring ensembles easier than any other – a colorful scarf.

Whatever fabric, textures, and colors you prefer, you can find a scarf to match. And it’s a good thing, too, because a lovely lightweight scarf is not only super functional during the chilly months of early spring weather, but also really versatile – throw it on over a sweater, a t-shirt, or to complement a cute blazer and you’ve suddenly got an outfit that looks polished, even if you took only seconds to put it together. This week’s Goodwill gem is that kind of a fabulous scarf. In a light cotton fabric and vibrant coral color, it will instantly wake up any tired or too-basic look in your closet.

coral scarf with navy and white accentsIn a fresh, springy coral hue with sophisticated navy and white accents, this simple cotton scarf is a must-have accessory for every girl this spring.

Refresh basic pieces.  

No matter how ho-hum an outfit might be, a bright, pretty scarf like this one can instantly dress it up and make it feel new again. Here, I’ve paired my fun new find with a classic pair of fitted jeans, a simple gray tank and a navy tee. The navy top picks up on the navy accent in the scarf’s pattern, making this look feel coordinated and polished without becoming too fussy. The simple shapes and lines in these basic pieces are flattering on basically any body, but don’t fight with the scarf for attention, so you can really let a fun and playful accessory like this one shine.

neutral navy top with blue jeansOne perfect accessory can really become the focal point of any outfit – just support it with basic, well-fitting pieces in complementary pieces and you’ve got a cute and versatile ensemble in no time!

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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