By Erika Guess
Transitional fashion was practically invented for Virginia in the fall. September can still get up into the 80s, and Halloween might require a parka—you just never know what this season will bring. Layers are your secret weapon against cold snaps or office air conditioning, and a nice scarf should be first in your arsenal.
The right scarf can completely transform your ensemble by adding color or texture. It immediately adds interest to jeans and a t-shirt, or could even take the place of a statement necklace. Whether you prefer to loop it around your neck or let it effortlessly hang over your lapels, a scarf will elevate your whole look while keeping you cozy. It’s form and function.
A classical reproduction with a twist, in a lightweight modal/wool blend with rich fall hues. When worn, only hints of the artwork can be seen in a melange of color.
Frances Kahn – Suzi Roher “Private Views” scarf ($350)
100% cashmere and 100% addictive. These convertible toppers (in a rainbow of colors) are light enough to be paired with capris as a coverup or draped over a sleeveless dress at night.
Lemon Cabana – Claudia Nichole Cashmere Topper ($138)
Is it even fall if you aren’t sporting plaid? This tartan was designed for the Virginia International Tattoo by a bagpiper, loomed in Scotland and named for the Arts Festival board chair.
Virginia Arts Festival – Hixon Tartan Scarf ($45)
Museum gift shops are my happy place because they have the most unique souvenirs. Can’t you picture these scarves in the fall, paired with a thin navy-blue sweater?
St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum – Assorted scarves ($10-$35)