Photography by Curtis Comeau. Styling by Jyllian Park. Models Jolanda Thomas and Tyler Olafson. Hair, makeup and grooming by Amber Prepchuk.
According to fashion stylist Jyllian Park, Edmonton’s cringe-worthy cold brings with it an opportunity to play with one of the year’s most functional fashion accessories – scarves.
“Scarves aren’t just a utility item anymore,” says Park. “On the runways, we’re seeing them used as accessories just as much as you might see jewellery or ties or pocket squares.”
According to Park, fashion-conscious folk are opting to wear scarves indoors, season-round. And while the lighter weight scarves of the of the year work wonders as fun and colourful fall accesories, it’s best to switch to heavier weight (such as thick cable-knit or heavier wool),when winter rolls around. “Oversized scarves are in this year, so think cozier fabrics,” says Park, “but don’t forget to tie it in with your outfit – both your outer layers and under layers – by choosing scarves that compliment either the patterns or colours in your clothing.”
According to Park, a scarf can add to a classic men’s look, so there’s no need to take it off once you’re indoors. With one simple scarf draped over a well-made suit, pattern and texture are added to an otherwise solid-coloured ensemble.
Tip: Pay attention to scale of the pattern in relation to other patterns in your outfit. Think of contrasting patterns: if a scarf has a large scale check or pattern, make sure that the pattern on your shirt or jacket of pants are a smaller scale
– or vice-versa.
Try This: One way to wear a scarf indoors is to keep it open and draped over the shoulder. It’s an effortless look that uses the scarf to add an extra pop of colour – without seeming eccentric.
Dibi scarf, $69, Tiger of Sweden jacket, $649, and J. Lindeberg pants, $289, all from Derks; Circle of Gentlemen caridgan, $285, from The Helm; Stenstrms shirt, $199, from Derks; Matinique pocket square, $79 (part of tie set), from Jaisel
A Dramatic Detail
Looking for a cozy way to dress up an evening look during the colder months? Park advises picking up an over-sized scarf to make a bold statement. “Infinity scarves have been really popular for the last couple of years, but what makes this one so interesting is the leather and metal detailing,” says Park. “The oversize cowl adds an element of drama to the look.”
Tip: Navy and burgundy colours go well together; keep that in mind while shopping for wine-coloured clothing this season.
Try This: Play with texture. If you have a large-textured or nubby scarf, offset it with something softer such as a silk or lightweight shirt.
House of Ace scarf, $135, from The Bamboo Ballroom; Paul Smith coat, $1195, from gravitypope; Myne Ashley Anne dress, $289, from Shades of Grey; BangBang Bijoux earrings, $48, and House of Harlow ring, $59, both from The Bamboo Ballroom
Designers are pushing the boundaries of scarf design. Infinity scarves, blanket scarves, oversized knits or scarves featuring embellished details, dual-tones, bolder patterns, fur accents or faux-fur; you never have to sacrifice personal style to keep warm.
With the wide-range of styles and colours, Park suggests mixing and matching to keep your wardrobe fresh. “Just as with any other accessory, it is good to have options when building an outfit – that means you’ll have to own more than one scarf.”
Men: (left to right)
Black and Brown oversized scarf: J. Lindenberg from Derks ,$169
Stripe scarf w/ neon accents: Paul Smith from gravitypope, $125
Light weight printed scarf: Tino Cosma from The Helm, $250
2 Tone Seaward & Stern scarf from Derks, $120
Women: (left to right)
Floral/stripe Paul Smith scarf from gravitypope, $295
Purple Sheepskin Paul Smith scarf from gravitypope, $295
Lightweight printed C’est Moi Accessories from The Bamboo Ballroom, $29
Cream scarf w/ fringe from Shades of Grey, $45