In this month’s edition of wardrobe essentials, I bring you the ideal accessory to dress up your outfit.

dress up your outfitMy outfit of choice, whether summer, spring, winter or fall, is a t-shirt and jeans. I know that is probably a terrible thing for a fashion blogger to admit, especially when dealing with fashion over 50, but there it is. The situation came to a head years ago when we were planning a trip overseas. I realized I needed to find versatile clothing that would take me from walking museums or parks – or cemeteries – to going to a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner. Items that wouldn’t necessarily require a return to our hotel for a change of clothes.

dress up your outfitI am oversimplifying this a bit – but truthfully, the answer to upgrading my daily uniform of jeans and tee was to add a scarf. Not only does a scarf add a splash of color to your ensemble, it provides a focal point and a little personality. Depending on how you tie the scarf, or drape it, or wrap it -there are almost endless ways to do so – the positive effect of adding a scarf as a way to dress up your outfit is undeniable. Easier than jewelry and more versatile. Hopping into a convertible for a quick trip to a nearby winery? The scarf goes on your head to keep your hair from becoming a veritable bird’s nest. Nipping into a cafe for an afternoon aperitif? The scarf goes around your shoulders to keep you warm. Tie it in a bow on your purse strap. Wrap it around your wrist for a colorful flair. Decorate the crown of a sunhat with a scarf to update your beach look for the day.

Of course, scarves aren’t just for casual dress. You can transform that old business suit of yours with a bright scarf at your neck. These days, the variety of fabrics and patterns are endless – and happily, most are extremely affordable when you consider it can make an old outfit look completely new and different. So, dress up your outfit and exercise your shopping muscles with Shop The Look below.

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Ann Franks

Ann Franks is Editor in Chief of PRiME. She has a background in marketing, advertising and public relations and is interested in just about everything. Avid reader, writer and traveler.