How to Wear the Classic Black Scarf, Cara Santana Style

A black scarf is probably the most common accessory in anyone’s closet (even a guy’s closet). It’s a staple, it’s a classic, and yes, it can be boring too. But like we said before, there are several ways you can style it to make it look more interesting. Cher Lloyd played with textures, and we also showed you 3 other easy tricks courtesy of some very fashionable bloggers.

Today, we’re giving you a couple more suggestions on how to style a black scarf. This time, however, we’re taking notes from Cara Santana, the future Mrs. Jesse Metcalfe.

As you know, Cara is no stranger to fashion. Generally speaking, the actress always looks good, both on, and off the red carpet. This month, Cara really caught our attention with the way she styled a a single black neck warmer in two really fresh, cool, and totally non-boring ways.

Check out her latest scarf looks and learn a trick or two:

1. Mix with black-and-white prints or patterns

If you’re drawn to black or white (almost always involuntarily), try mixing your scarf with black-and-white printed or patterned separates. This will make your scarf stand out. It will be a very catchy combination too, so you can tone it down by topping the whole ensemble with a black coat (a la Cara here).

Cara Santana shopping at Melrose PlaceCara Santana rocks a stunning black-and-white outfit with her black scarf as she shops in West Hollywood, December 10, 2013

With look-at-me separates (ergo, flashy pants or flashy top), your accessories need not be loud. But they do need to be fantastic and awesome (and in the same color palette).

In Cara’s case, her black sunnies were very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s sunglasses in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And then of course, who can miss those super-cool silver-trimmed oxfords on her feet? Those borrowed-from-the-boys lace-ups seriously rock. Would you agree?

Cara Santana shopping at Melrose PlaceA closer look at Cara’s super cool oxfords

2. Rock with ripped blue denim and a sporty jacket

Another look to try is to go sporty and preppy all at once by wearing your black scarf with ripped blue boyfriend jeans and a two-tone varsity jacket. To infuse a little bit of preppy drama, fold up your jeans and work a pair of (really cool) oxfords — which is exactly what Cara did with her look below.

Cara Santana leaving The Coffee Bean & Tea LeafCara Santana looks preppy cool as she leaves a coffee shop in West Hollywood, December 13, 2013

If you’re not into loose denim, skinny blue jeans with your black scarf will do fine as well. Pair the combination with Superga sneakers, then top the whole ensemble with a two-tone varsity jacket. It’s a more laid-back take but just as fun.

So which of these black-scarf looks from Cara would you be willing to try first? You will probably find the first one tricky because of the patterned pants, but the second style is definitely easy to pull off.

For fresh black scarves to grab, we recommend these pieces from Plush and Bop Basics. The former is really cute because it has the word “LOVE” written on it. The latter is a cashmere piece that will go with just about anything. Simply take your pick!

Plush Love Scarf-horzPlush Love Scarf, $70.40 (was $88) / Bop Basics Cashmere Scarf, $125

Credit: WENN

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