How To Style Silk Scarves

If you live in a area where you experience a cold winter, cozy warm scarves are most likely a staple in your seasonal wardrobe. But when the warmer temps roll around, I for one have usually been less inclined to reach for a lightweight scarf. Why is that? Perhaps it is because I used to associated dainty scarves with something my grandma would wear (not to throw shade on my grandmothers). Well this season my view on silk scarves has totally changed and these lightweight accessories have become my new styling best friend. 

Silk scarves are versatile accessories that can be utilized in countless ways. There literally is no limit to the options for how to knot it, drape it, loop it or tie it onto yourself or your other accessories (like a bag for example). A few of my favorite ways to style a silk scarf include -

The next obvious question may be where to buy some new silk scarves. Hands down my favorite place to buy these is from a vintage or thrift store because you will find unique items for dirt cheap. There are also tons of options on ebay, simply search "vintage silk scarves". A few I found that I liked include this NYC scarf, this pink printed scarf or this vibrant yellow option. If you're more of a buy-it-new kinda gal, I included a few great options below as well!

Top Tips - Shopping Vintage & Secondhand

I am a huge fan of vintage and thrift shopping, I just love it. I feel this sense of competition when perusing second-hand wares, like I am competing to find the best hidden gem for the best price. For me, it's not just about getting a cool item but getting it for so cheap that when someone asks where it's from I can proudly say I got it for $5 and wait for their incredulous response. It's a similar thrill I get when finding amazing buys at fast fashion retailers but we'll save that for another post. Today I wanted to talk about my top tips for buying from vintage, thrift and second-hand stores and highlight some of the looks I have worn on Fizz and Fade that include vintage pieces I have scored over the past year.

Vintage Find : Men's Hawaiian Shirt

Tip #1 : Think Outside the Box

I don't focus on the womenswear section of a vintage shop, I look at everything. Men's, children's, home goods...I scour all of it. With changing trends, there are often styles worn by men or kids of yesteryear that are now on-trend for women. Case in point - Hawaiian shirts. Last summer I had seen some pricey versions of the classic vacation topper being sold by trendy retailers such as NET-A-PORTER and Revolve. My local vintage shop had some great Hawaiian shirts...in the men's section of course. Some quick alterations to narrow the width and tack the rolled sleeves and I ended up with the above shirt (worn originally in this post). I have also found sweaters in the kids section, shawls in the home section and jackets in the men's section so make sure you get a look at everything not just the pieces for "women".

Vintage Find : Women's Housedress Re-designed Into Wrap Skirt

Tip #2 : Fabric First, Fit Second

Unless the item in question is super teeny, the fit of a vintage piece is totally irrelevant. I scan the racks for fabrics before I even pull anything out to see what it looks like. Why? Because everything can be altered, tailored and adjusted but the fabric is what you're stuck with. Just by scanning the racks I can see if there are specific colors, prints or textures that catch my eye. I found a bright blue floral housedress last spring at my vintage shop that was a size XXL. It was comically huge on me when I tried it on. Which was the jackpot in my eyes since it meant I had a ton of fabric to work with. I ended up cutting this up and creating the above wrap skirt with the fabric (worn originally in this post). I know not everyone is going to create a brand new piece like I did, but simple alterations are easily done by any tailor. So focus on the fabrics, not the fit. You can never go wrong with a great vintage print!

Vintage Find : Beaded Clutch

Tip #3 : Look Off the Beaten Path

Unless you are willing to pay more than you have to, never go to the famous vintage shop or market looking to buy clothes. They jack the prices up at these places since they know tons of tourists will be there. Instead I like to hit up the the more unexpected spots. Beyond my local vintage shop, I check out Goodwill, Salvation Army and random mom and pop shops. Oftentimes the people who are shopping at these stores aren't interested or even know what the "trendy" styles are so your competition for finding an amazing piece is way less. I even scored a beaded blush chiffon vintage flapper dress from Buffalo Exchange for $12 once, so I don't write those places off either. On one visit to Goodwill I found the above white beaded clutch (worn originally in this post) sitting in a bin in the "accessories" section. Though I imagine it is from the 80's, it had a great Art Deco feel to it and has served me well at multiple weddings. I think it cost $6 or so, can't beat that.

So those are my top tips! I hope this has inspired you to get out there and dig for hidden gems at your local vintage, thrift or secondhand store. Not only will it save you some money, you get something totally unique and help reduce waste by recycling old items. Let me know if you have any other tips for finding great vintage!

Holiday Bows

I had been seeing hair ribbons and bows popping up all over and felt compelled to give the look a try. After all, I have a soft spot for all feminine touches like ruffles, flounces and florals so a hair ribbon was right up my alley. To test out the trend I did what I do best, a little DIY. I made this bow out of some extra fabric I had and affixed it to a hair elastic and voila! I plan on making some more similar options of varying lengths, fabrics and sizes so be prepared for more bow posts in the future!

Mad for Plaid

Wardrobe Update: Neutral Knits

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I really believe you can never have too many neutral sweaters. They can be worn so many times and are totally season-less. I love a good crew neck sweater but when the weather gets colder there's nothing like a cozy turtleneck. Like I seem to do every year, I was recently on the hunt for some new knits to add to my rotation and thought many of you may be looking for the same thing! A few additional favorites include this chunky grey, this ruffle sleeved version, and this classic camel.

Wear Now, Wear Later : Pleated Skirt

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Pleated Skirt

Whenever I buy new items these days I am always thinking about how I can wear the piece in question more than once. That may mean I am able to wear it to work and then again on the weekends or it might mean I can wear it throughout different seasons of the year. I'm at a point with my wardrobe now however that I really want double-duty items and am willing to pay a little more for them. This year I am looking to invest in a pleated skirt that I can wear now with light fall layers and also this winter with some heavier items.

For Fall, I love the look of a feminine blouse like this one paired with a cropped army jacket and funky earrings like these. When the weather gets colder, I'll be pairing the same skirt with a chunky knit and a statement-making plaid coat. Do you look for double-duty piece? What are your favs?

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