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Three Ways to Wear... A Silk Scarf

This time of year can often be a trial when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. We've made peace with that fact that Summer is at an end and have stored our open toed sandals and floppy hats away for another year. Now we are ready to don those Winter coats and start layering like all of the magazines keep telling us. But the weather isn't quite with us yet. Autumn in Britain basically means anything goes - sun, rain, even snow - who knows what to expect on an average day. You may be too hot in a wooly jumper one minute and too cold for that lightweight jacket the next. One item which will never go wrong, whatever the season, is the silk scarf. As a trendy way to protect your hair against sun damage in the Summer, it then adds a touch of colour to your wardrobe come Winter. With a great selection of 100% silk scarves available at Anna Lou of London, we thought we would give you out top three ways to wear the silk scarf this Winter, and none of them include having it around your neck. 1. Accessorise your hair - the silk scarf can easily double up as a great hair accessory to brighten up an otherwise dark Winter look. roll it up and drape around the front of your hair to create a hairband or why not twist it into your ponytail and create a chic scarf bun like the lovely Julia from Stylonylon shows us. 2. Accessorise your bag - one of the fash packs favourites, tying a chic silk scarf around the handle of your favourite handbag is another easy way to add a fun colour or print to your outfit and take your scarf with you at all times. That way if it does get a bit chilly out you have an extra layer waiting for you! 3. Accessorise your wrists - ok so maybe its because we are so often tied up in jewellery that this one appealed but we can't help but love the idea of wearing a silk scarf around your wrist to complement the rest of your arm candy. Its so easy to do and can make a big style statement so why not give it a go? What is your favourite way to wear a silk scarf? We would love to hear your tips so let us know over on Twitter!

Three Steps to the Nautical Trend...

Every season without fail a different version of the nautical trend re-appears in time for Summer. Whether its Breton stripes or deck shoes, anchor necklaces or off the shoulder cardies, you can be sure that donning your best sailor girl outfit will be a must at some point throughout the sunny months. So what if the nearest you get to a yacht is the ferry from Dover to Calais and the only sailing you know how to do is the virtual type on your Wii? Well don’t despair as even if you don’t have true sea legs you can still look the part by adopting a few key accessory rules, taking the nautical trend firmly into your everyday style for that ‘just stepped off a yacht dahling’ look. These are our top tips to achieving the perfect sea-fayring fashion;
  1. Don a chic headscarf – any true sailor knows that those sea winds can play havoc with even the easiest of hairstyles so to avoid a Bridget Jones windswept look and keep knots at bay (no pun intended), it’s best to keep it covered. For inspiration look to ever classic beauty Audrey Hepburn and 60s siren Bridgette Bardot, who both showed just how effortlessly chic wearing a scarf over the head could be.
  2. Stick to the Classics – It sounds obvious but when looking to channel some nautical vibes stick to the classic colours and prints. You don’t necessarily need to go head to toe (in fact it may be best not to) but a little accent of those key red, white and blue colourways will give just the right hint of Summer vacation. A classic Breton strip tee will never go amiss and you can always pair it with jeans, boots and some chunky jewellery if your version of nautical still needs a city edge. How about adding a hint of colour through your bracelets, hair accessories or even shoes?
  3. Anchors away – If you are looking for a really simple way to add a touch of the nautical to an otherwise grounded city outfit, there is no better way than with an anchor. The ultimate sailing icon, anchor charms are more popular than ever right now and can be as subtle or as outlandish as you choose. You will see them adorn boating shoes, stitched into blazers or emblazoned on t-shirts but for a version of the symbol that won’t go out of fashion, why not go for an anchor charm on a necklace or bracelet? At Anna Lou of London you can even get them engraved with your message!
So there you have it, with these three tricks you will be sailing into the sunset before you know it. And whether that’s in real life or on the Wii at least you know you look the part!