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How to wear a scarf: The ultimate spring accessory

Amy Tara Koch is a style expert, TV personality, journalist and author of Bump it Up. Busily working on style book #2; easy style solutions for busy women!

Depending upon how you layer it, a scarf can lend edge, frivolity, elegance, femininity or an air of bohemia.

Scarves are the ultimate layering pieces. I am not talking about the cumbersome wool scarves of winter. I speak of the easy-to-wear statement accessory that can transform a simple look into an outfit worth talking about.

The French are pros at wearing scarves. To them, this silky, lightweight accessory is the ultimate layering piece, that chic piece de resistance that adds polish to every ensemble imaginable. How? Depending upon how you layer it, a scarf can lend edge, frivolity, elegance, femininity or an air of bohemia.

There are four basic ways to wear a scarf; the goal is “thrown-on glamour.” Aside from the chic factor, scarves are excellent styling tools. A longer scarf draped elegantly down the body will make a shorter woman appear taller. A scarf stylishly knotted at the neck can camouflage wrinkles or loose skin in this area. A blast of color or print will attract attention to your face. And, away from other body parts that you may not be so fond of.

This spring, tap into your inner Francaise by layering a scarf into your look. This video illustrates four easy, breezy ways to build up your basics and create maximum style in minimal time.

Cheat sheet: How to wear a scarf

Classic: Knot a smaller square scarf at the neck

Fashion-y: The effortless pull through

Easy glamour: Wear the scarf dripping languidly down the body (BTW, If you are feeling fat, this is a great way to hide the bloat!)

Laid back: Do the "loop and tuck" by wrapping the scarf around your neck twice and tucking the remaining bit pieces underneath

Algiers Leopard Scarf (Francesca's, $20)
Cotton and Linen Scarf (Nordstrom, $285)
Pamplona Scarf (Nordstrom, $175)
Navy and Pink Polka Dot Silk Scarf (Paul Smith, $170)

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