Ladies scarves have a wide variety of uses and styles. Light and “flowy” scarves can be used for fashion purposes – they may simply be used to make a woman “look good.” Thick, wool scarves are generally used to keep one warm in the face of harsh, chilly weather. Scarves can also have great meaning for women in many cultures. However, for the purposes of this guide, scarf fashions and styles will be focused on, rather than the cultural or sociological meanings of scarves.
Winter scarves are often knitted, and made of wool. These ladies neck scarves can either be bought or handmade, depending on a person’s desire or ability to knit. For purchasing scarves, ladies scarves are widely available from a variety of retail and department stores, and they can be bought from many websites. Scarves come in all colors, lengths, and yarn types. They are often patterned, though a single color like black or green can look sleek with just about any outfit. The website http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fts=wool+scarf#144_0 provides a detailed look at various woolen scarves available at online stores.
If a woman wants to make a warm winter scarf on her own, it is generally best for her to start out by consulting someone else who is an expert in the craft. Many older women are proficient in the craft, but if such an expert is not available there are also instruction guides available from craft stores like Michaels. Not only that, a woman may purchase all the necessary items, including knitting needles, yarn, and patterns, from a craft store. Items are available at http://www.michaels.com/yarn-and-needlecrafts.
Woolen or ladies cashmere scarves are likely too warm for the summertime. Luckily, there are light and airy scarves available to purchase for scarf-lovers to wear during seasons of warmer weather. Silk is a common fabric used for these scarves, though cotton or pashmina fabrics are also lighter options. These airy scarves often come in bright, vibrant colors. Oftentimes these scarves are translucent or metallic, which can add a fashionable flair to an otherwise plain outfit. Complex patterns and paisley designs are also commonly found on these lighter scarves. With all these options, one can dress up a dress or just about any outfit with a lovely scarf. Overstock.com has a wide variety of these scarves, which can be found at: http://www.overstock.com/Clothing-Shoes/Scarves-Wraps/955/cat.html.
If a woman is looking to save money or simply loves crafting, she may decide to make her own silk scarf at home. Though it is possible to make one’s own silk by hand, most often people who make their own ladies silk scarves simply dye a pre-made, plain scarf. The craft is much simpler than it seems, though becoming very good at the craft requires much skill. To make simple ladies scarves at home one should purchase “blank” scarves, silk paint, resist, a silk stretcher (which can also be made at home), and paint brushes. Blank scarves are somewhat difficult to find, but they are available at: http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/, along with dyes, instructions, stretchers, and resist. Paint brushes are available at any arts and crafts store.
Of course, warm wool and light silk scarves are not the only versions of ladies fashion scarves available; shawls are a slightly different version of a scarf. They are basically very large scarves that can be draped over one’s shoulders and used like a sweater. They are somewhere in between a winter and summer scarf, as they are generally made from a fabric that is thicker than silk but thinner than wool. Shawls are used for keeping one warm, but they are usually used during “chilly,” rather than hot or cold, weather. Shawls are often worn during formal events, such as dances, weddings, or awards ceremonies. They can add a more distinguished, classy look, in addition to keeping one warm on a slightly chilly night. Women’s shawls can be found at many online stores and department stores.
There are thus many varieties of scarves to choose from, and many ways to go about getting the perfect one. Whether a woman chooses to buy or craft a scarf, it is important to know what she wants to use the scarf for ahead of time, whether it be to stay warm or look stylish.