What to Wear With a Plain Black Scarf: 3 Chic Outfit Ideas

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Perhaps you recall how we raved about how Cher Lloyd looked laid-black glam in a classic black scarf while making an appearance at the Empire State Building?

She wore the piece with flair by pairing it with a metallic sweater and dark green leather skinnies. As over-the-top as that sounds, Cher looked really fabulous. Black extras toned down the drama and literally made the singer score a perfect hit with the outfit.

Today, we’re showing a few more ways you can wear a good old classic black scarf in the chicest manner possible. While we love black for its timelessness and versatility, we all know it can get quite dull and unexciting. That’s why we thought we’d lay out these simple fashion tips for you. We know they might come handy, especially if you’re seeking style direction or outfit ideas.

Read on and if you have any wild reactions or additional suggestions, feel free to hit the comment button:

1. Wear it with a striking print or color

Do the contrast and play up that black scarf with something that packs a punch like a boldly printed top or sweater. The catchy print will not only brighten up your look but will certainly get you noticed as well.

Not keen on prints? No problem. Go with bright solids instead. Check out blogger Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People sporting this trick perfectly. Also below are some great top choices that you can try with your black neck warmer:

Alyssa Lau bundles up in a classic black scarf but breaks the monotony of the all-black outfit by wearing a printed bright orange blouseAlyssa Lau bundles up in a classic black scarf but breaks the monotony of the all-black outfit by wearing a printed bright orange blouse

MARC by Marc Jacobs Shebra Intarsia Sweater, $198 / Free People Beatnik Tunic, $88 / Alice + Olivia Skieler Boxy Sleeveless Top, $297

MARC by Marc Jacobs Shebra Intarsia Sweater and Free People Beatnik Tunic and Alice + Olivia Skieler Boxy Sleeveless Top

2.  Keep everything else light

Another great way to wear a black scarf is by keeping everything else light. Note that light does not mean bright. It means subtle, subdued, and pristine shades like sky blue, heather grey, or better yet, classic white!

By doing this, you are essentially turning the black scarf into a statement accessory as it grabs the spotlight. You can try Canadian blogger Paul Schneider’s super easy-to-wear monochromatic look. Don’t miss his blog at The Youth Novels.

Paul Conrad Schneider highlights his chunky black scarf by pairing it with a light grey sweater and striped trousersPaul Conrad Schneider highlights his chunky black scarf by pairing it with a light grey sweater and striped trousers

Paul got his chunky knitted extra from American Apparel. If you want to steal his style, you can try these cozy choices from Bop Basics and Paula Bianco:

Bop Basics Thick Knit Double Eternity Scarf, $75 / Paula Bianco Wrap Scarf, $75

Bop Basics Thick Knit Double Eternity Scarf / Paula Bianco Wrap Scarf

3. Play with texture

Lastly, another great way to keep a black scarf interesting is by wearing it with textured separates and accessories. If what you already have is a chunky knit, chances are, it already has some form of texture to it.

Simply hype it up even further by mixing it with, say, a black leather jacket or a patent leather bag, a black metallic sweater or a velvet blouse —or better yet, a black satin top.

You can also try pairing it with a fur vest just like the way German blogger Jade styled her scarf. Also below are some one-of-a-kind tactile topper choices that will surely look great with your classic black neck warmer:

Jade keeps her all-black outfit interesting by playing with textured pieces — a sheer knitted scarf, a fur vest, and a shiny black leather backpackJade keeps her all-black outfit interesting by playing with textured pieces — a sheer knitted scarf, a fur vest, and a shiny black leather backpack

SAM. Lola Fur Vest, $795 / J. Mendel Strip Leather Vest with Fur Collar, $2,500

SAM. Lola Fur Vest / J. Mendel Strip Leather Vest with Fur Collar

Thakoon Dot Plaid Hooded Vest, $525 / HELMUT Helmut Lang Hooded Leather Jacket, $995

Thakoon Dot Plaid Hooded Vest / HELMUT Helmut Lang Hooded Leather Jacket

Well, now that we’ve laid out the three easy ways to look chic in your classic black extra, which tip are you likely to try first? Point number 3 sounds really fun to do, are you up for it?

Of course, do remember that these fashion tips are simply “guidelines”. The most essential to looking good in any outfit is confidence; you basically have to have the attitude. Otherwise, you will risk looking awkward. Enjoy dressing up!

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