How to Accessorize a Seersucker Dress

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Silk Scarves

Silk is an elegant material and makes for a great professional or simply polished accessory. Here are some ways this little accessory can be made useful.

There are few fashion accessories that are just as cute as they are practical and scarves are more than likely the most useful of any accessory you can possibly own. They look cute and chic, they can add dimension and depth to an outfit, they can protect your head, neck and shoulders from the chill or breeze, and can make a makeshift headscarf or wrap if you need them to. They look great with summer outfits or tucked under coats and are perfect for practically any season or any type of weather. But is there a scarf that helps you look elegant, too?

For a much classier and professional look, the silk scarf is your best accessory. Its silky sheen makes any look appear much more polished and put together, which is great for the workplace, a big interview, or other more formal events. It can sometimes be a difficult task to properly accessorize for a more professional atmosphere but silk scarves provide a means to have fun and still look appropriate for the atmosphere.

The material is more delicate but also leaves room for you to play around with color and print, depending on what you happen to be wearing, of course. You can opt for the ever classic black or go for more neutral colors if you are unsure of what would go best. These options are always great backups regardless. But since the material is already work appropriate, feel free to mix and match with bold spring and summer colors like radiant orchid or pale yellow that will add a splash of color to your office ensemble. Prints and patterns look great too, especially when on silk. Play around with color and either wear a printed scarf with a neutral outfit or use some of the colors in the pattern to use in other accessories like shoes, jewelry or outfit accents as inspiration.

And don’t forget, these handy fashion accessories can be tied in countless ways to yield countless different looks. Tie it tightly around your neck, wear it loose, use it as a kerchief, drape it over your shoulders or wear it like a shawl. Whatever works best with your outfit and the conditions you are in. Having even one silk scarf can create an endless amount of office ensembles to help you truly maximize your wardrobe and mix things up every now and again.

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Silk Scarves

Silk Scarf Wrap

Scarves are an invaluable fashion accessory all year round. Here are some ways to wear a silk scarf this spring.

There is no fashion accessory quite as versatile as the scarf. It is simultaneously practical and fashionable and can be manipulated to create and match countless looks, outfits and ensembles on any number of occasions. Each of the seasons tends to call on different materials when it comes to fashion in general but these accessories are no exception. While there are some materials, like cotton and silk, that are appropriate year round, there is something a little more special about silk. Silk can be worn no matter what the season is, but always calls for a classier look than any of the other fabrics. Adding silk instantly makes any look more sleek and a silk scarf wrap is one great way to add it to your wardrobe.

The great thing about these fashion accessories is that there is no one right way to wear them. Let your rendition of a scarf inspire the rest of your ensemble or the other way around. These simple but rich colors are perfect for spring, adding a bit of extra oomph to any rainy day. You can choose to match your outfit with the overall color of the scarf or use contrasting colors when it comes to both. Use it to brighten up an otherwise dark outfit, add a splash of color to a spring trench coat if the weather calls for it, or use it to add some fun to an office outfit. Even adding it to a more casual outfit will dress it up a little. Depending on the color of the scarf and those used in your overall outfit this accessory can add a fun touch while the silk adds some elegant texture to whatever you are wearing.

When it comes to tying or wearing this accessory, you have several options available to you. Wearing it close and tight about the neck can give you a bit of an Old Hollywood look, just as if you were to wear it over a hairdo like a kerchief. As the name suggests, you can absolutely wear this piece as a wrap around, whether it is simply draped over your shoulders or used more widely over your torso as makeshift cardigan or kimono. There are even several ways to tie this piece as a wrap, which may include simply folding it into a triangle, draping over your shoulders and tying in the front, you can wear it as a side wrap or one-shouldered wrap, or even loop and tie the ends so it makes an infinity scarf and looping it under your arms and over your neck as a makeshift cardigan which can be bunched at the shoulders for texture or draped loosely over your shoulders to look more like a kimono.

You can find great colors of silk scarf wraps and other scarves at Chicastic.

Silk Scarves

Statement Scarf

Scarves are an essential accessory. Learn how to use a statement scarf to your advantage and liven up your look.

Scarves are an absolutely essential accessory to any woman’s wardrobe. They come in handy in all seasons and there is a fabric and print to match any kind of weather, occasion, and overall ensemble. It is always a good idea to have more than one scarf on hand, and not only that, it is imperative that you have a little variety. If you’re going to have more than one of anything, you should be sure that they are as different as possible, if not just a little bit. This way, these accessories can be worn to match any look you’re going for and can truly maximize your wardrobe. Just like having that one statement bag, necklace, or shoe, having a statement scarf can be just as handy.

A statement scarf can be anything you want it to be. It can be a bold and bright color, a showy pattern or print, or even a special fabric or material. It all depends on your personal style as well as your current collection of scarves. If you generally have dark colors or opt for neutrals, then simply adding a light or otherwise eye-catching color to your repertoire will do nicely without going out of your fashion comfort zone. If you have a rainbow of these accessories already, then a print or a new material may be the option for you.

Bright colors can do a lot to accent an outfit and bring new life to it. If you’re wearing an all dark, all neutral, or otherwise monochrome outfit, then a splash of color can make a world of difference. If you have a good mixture of color worked into your ensemble, then a print or pattern (think leopard print or a multicolored tribal or floral pattern) can break up your outfit while also adding dimension. A silk scarf or a piece that uses metallic fabric can really spruce up an outfit more simply. Even if you choose a neutral, like black or beige, choosing a scarf that is either shimmery, metallic, or even silk can make you look more glamorous without much added effort. The choice is up to you. Choosing an accessory has everything to do with your intended desired effect. For best results, or if you are simply indecisive, then getting a scarf in any of these options will work wonders for your wardrobe and will ensure that you are ready for anything.

You can find a great variety of scarves at Chicastic.

Scarves at Chicastic

Spring Essentials

Revamp your winter wardrobe with some spring essentials. With these pieces, you’ll be ready to handle whatever weather the spring brings.

Spring is finally here! While it may not yet feel like it has fully arrived, much of the spring season will be defined by temperamental weather that can’t seem to make up its mind. Some days will feel like hints of summer and others may feel like a backtrack through winter, so be sure to stock up on some spring essentials to make sure you are ready for absolutely anything!

Scarves are absolutely essential to spring. They come in handy in a pinch, are lightweight, add texture to outfits, and they can be worn in more ways than you can wear every day in a week (or even a month if you’re feeling ambitious). These handy accessories come in so many colors, prints, fabrics and styles that it is always worth it to have at least a few in varying looks. That way, you’ll always have a scarf for any occasion. Need a scarf for work? A silk scarf looks chic and still does the job. Need one for a casual day out? A pastel chiffon scarf can be worn with practically any outfit. What about one that adds that oomph to a basic outfit? How about one with a floral, paisley or animal print? These accessories are so versatile and practical, it’s hard to go through any season without one.

Pastels. What sorts of pastels? Any kind! Spring is also associated with spring cleaning, so if you have any old accessories or pieces of clothing you no longer wear or have fallen out of style that need replacing, then replace them with a new pastel piece. Pinks, yellows, soft greens and blues, purples are all the rage this season. The pantone color of the year is radiant orchid, so perhaps replace your old purse with a new patent leather one sporting this shade. Bold statement necklaces with opaque, pastel colored insets are also popular. If you’re not into jewelry, then clutch purses and scarves (of course) are another suitable option.

Cardigans are also an invaluable essential for the season. Since the weather is rather unpredictable, a cardigan is perfect for layering so that you’re reading for anything. Layering is great for days that may start off and end up chilly but are warm during the day. These handy pieces can be taken on or off easily or worn with heavier or lighter clothing to suit the temperature. With all of these in mind, you’ll be ready to shed your winter wardrobe and step into spring.

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Look Fashionable for Dinner with the Girls

Make looking fashionable with your friends even more fun. Get your girls together and help each other out when getting ready for a night out together.

Going out with the girls is some of the best fun a lady can have. Being surrounded by friends is wonderful and for so many reasons. Looking forward to a night out on the town with the gals can even be fun before you leave the house! Since you’ll all be hanging out together, you’re more than likely to be dishing out info on what you’re planning on wearing or complaining that you just don’t know what to wear! While you as friends are in one boat or the other, being together makes getting ready all the easier.

When girls go out together, they tend to encourage their friends to really dress up, take chances and try experimenting with mixing and matching you may have never thought up alone otherwise. Invite the girls over and have a pre-dinner party where you can exchange your favorite accessories. Borrow a leopard clutch for the night while another friend borrows your pastel patent leather pumps. Having new accessories can make you feel like a whole new woman and the encouragement of others always gives a girl a confidence boost.

The overall style of what you wear depends on where you’re going out to eat, but if you’re with a like minded group of girls, then why not dress your best? We all have outfits or pieces we wish we could wear more often but rarely find the occasion to wear them to. Convince your girls to gather these pieces and you can all wear them together! If you’re in a group of fashionable gals, you won’t feel overdressed in that cute lace cocktail dress you just had to have but had no where to wear it to. Take it up a notch and add a dazzling coin purse clutch and sport a silk scarf. If you’re all dressing up together, you won’t feel alone wearing your Sunday best. Plus you’ll all look and feel great!

And of course, there’s nothing wrong with being casual. If you all decide to go somewhere low-key, the mixing and matching and accessory exchanging is still a viable pre-dinner get together option, but feel free to exchange more casual pieces like chiffon scarves, flats, or cardigans. Try prints you may not own or wouldn’t normally wear and let your gals do the same.

No matter what you do, you are guaranteed to have an absolute blast when you are with your closest comrades. Exchange fashion ideas, tips and even some of your favorite pieces.

Find your favorite night out accessories at Chicastic.

Girls Night Out Accessories

Resort Accessories

Resorts evoke that feeling of summer and relaxation, but also of fun. Try to brighten up a bit and kick back with these accessories.

Vacation season is on the horizon. It will soon be time to book some time away from reality, relax and have some fun. Whether you’re planning on going somewhere to kick back or to live it up, resorts always have that air of escape. Have some fun with your resort wear this season. Brighten and lighten up your look and your mood.

As basic and neutral as they might originally sound, white accessories make for great beach or resort wear. Not only does the color make any skin tone look instantly and effortlessly tanner than usual, but this color goes with whatever you plan on wearing. Whenever you’re getting away from it all, you have to manage to pack a suitcase without bringing your entire wardrobe along with you. White accessories, such as bags, hats, enamel bangles or necklaces, or light, chiffon or satin scarves, give off that effortless resort chic look while matching absolutely anything you may wear. White can be easily dressed up or down and is one of the ultimate neutral colors. It can transform to meld in with whatever color palette you’re wearing, whether it’s jewel tones or pastels.

Some textures and styles are more appropriate for summer or vacation wear. Oversized hats and other woven or handmade material comes into fashion once the weather warms up so grab your floppy hat and woven hobo bag. These styles look effortless and a little bohemian, which suits the vacation season and warm weather. It evokes that feeling of relaxation and leisure that is synonymous with vacation. Oversized anything pretty much goes, including totes or flowy tops and dresses. You can layer light chiffon or silk scarves, wrapping them loosely around your neck in the warmth of the afternoon and draping them like a shawl over your shoulders once it cools in the evening. Loose, light cardigans and kimonos are also a great leisurely look to layer and experiment with. These relaxed looks will have you feeling calmer in no time.

These looser, lighter styles will help you break out of your schedule and your fashion routine, and can be appropriated for any personal style. If you happen to be headed somewhere warm or you are just planning on having some down time away from your everyday life, you can look great while feeling comfortable, too. Willowy, bohemian styles are perfect for relaxing, allowing you to remain chic and fabulous, even on your days off.

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Resort Accessories

How To Tie Different Types of Scarves

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Scarves are one of the most popular accessories for women. They are available in multiple colors, patterns, and fabrics. Silk and chiffon scarves are best for summer, while pashminas and woolen ones are more suitable for cooler seasons. The versatility of scarves allows them to be worn with many different outfits, just by changing the way you tie them. Not only do they provide warmth and comfort, but they add that punch of color or finishing touch that truly makes an outfit. Most of them are long rectangular or oblong shaped, so the following tips will be for these types of scarves.

Lightweight Chiffon Scarves

  1. Wrap once around your neck and let the ends drape down your shoulders for a simple and elegant look.
  2. Coil your hair in a bun at the nape of your neck. Tie the scarf around your head like a headband and wrap the ends around the bun for a stylish and fuss free hairstyle.
  3. Let the scarf hang around your neck with the ends hanging over your shoulders. Tie a knot in the middle of both ends to create weight that keeps the scarf secure. For another option, hold both ends in one hand with the vertex in the middle of your chest and tie a knot there for a feminine spin on a tie.

Silk Scarves

  1. Silk can hold its shape better than chiffon. Wrap the scarf around your neck two or three times to create a sculptured circle around your neck. Pin the ends together and tuck underneath the circle to imitate an infinity scarf.
  2. With a formal dress, simply wrapping it around your shoulders is elegant enough.
  3. Tie the scarf around the handle of your satchel purse to dress it up.

Pashmina Scarves

  1. Fold the scarf in half lengthwise once, and one more time to create a longer and thinner scarf that you can wrap similar to a knitted scarf. This is perfect for when you want a thicker scarf for warmth but need something with a little more shape.
  2. Drape one half of the scarf around one of your shoulders while wrapping the other half around your neck. This is perfect for the days when it is too warm to wear a sweater, but still breezy enough to feel a little cold. This looks great with jeans and a tank top.
  3. Fold the scarf in half and drape it around your neck. Place the folded side to the center and pull the ends of the scarf through the loop created. Let the ends hang down loose.

Are there any other ways you like to tie your own scarves? To find out more ways to wear a chiffon scarf or to buy one now visit Chicastic!

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