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Think You Can’t Get Away With Patterns? You Can With a Gorgeous Silk Scarf or Shawl!

Updated on August 25, 2015

Take a look into your closet. What does it hold? Is it full of the same safe drab business suits and colorless cocktail dresses? This is not unusual. In fact, this is a perfectly normal trend. Women play it safe knowing the outfits they have are functional and can be mixed and matched without difficulty. Anything that features a pattern or is colorful draws too much attention. It can also cause them to appear taller or wider than they really are. This is the last thing any woman wants to reveal or accentuate. For some women, large prints will swallow them whole, making them feel smaller than they really are.

Does this condemn us women to a sea of indifferent blandness? No, it does not. Even if you are not comfortable with or feel an entire pattern of bold color complements you, you can always add a dash of color, a blaze of pattern. These little touches add verve, a touch of brilliance and depict individuality.

How do you reach this easily and inexpensively? The answer is simple – purchase the ultimate of versatile accessories, silk scarves and shawls. The addition of a brilliant and fine silk scarf can brighten up the plainest of dresses. A silk scarf artfully draped can dress-up jeans and a top. A silk scarf, unlike a completely patterned dress, allows you to decide how much pattern or design you wish to show off. You can tuck it into the V-neck of a dress subtly drawing attention without overwhelming the viewer.

Furthermore, if you are petite or the opposite, you can utilize these colorful accessories to your own advantage. If you are tall, and self-conscious about those extra inches, create the illusion of being shorter. Take the scarf and wear it in as a belt, choosing colors that complement your dress. The use of the belt will separate the vertical length by creating a horizontal line. This technique does not work for shorter women. Women who are vertically challenged need to wear smaller designs, draped in such a way as to detract from the horizontal by creating the sensation of vertical.

Whatever your body type and “challenging” feature, there is a hand-made silk scarf and design for you. Avoid the manufactured or even designer models. The only ones that are truly hand-crafted and artistically unique are what you need. While it is possible to escape fashion censure, and embarrassment if you and someone else where the same dull outfit, it is a fashion faux pas to be caught the same patterned design.

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    • CMHypno profile image


      8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Beautiful shawls and scarves Julie-Ann, the colours are amazing. I've always admired women who can wear scarves elegantly - not one of my gifts!

    • Pinkchic18 profile image

      Sarah Carlsley 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      These are great! I love patterns, they have so much personality in them and they just make you stand out. Great hub!!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      The pattern are indeed awesome. Your are a great artist. Thank you for showing thm.

    • gg.zaino profile image

      greg g zaino 

      8 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Hey Julie! This was an experiment for me.;] I almost didn't continue when i saw the genre of your article.. (you know... the whole societal prescription and notion of the male masculine/gender thing goin on!)Ha!:)

      I took a chance and I'm glad i decided to read your hub... As an artist i appreciate balance and content. The photos are wonderful. great hub Julie-Ann - peace


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