Scarves to Wear With a Strapless Dress

Actress Cameron Diaz adds a bold shot of color with a scarf.

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Necklaces or earrings may be standard go-to accessories when wearing a strapless dress, but they're not the only items in your style arsenal that can ride along when you go strapless. Scarves and strapless dresses also get along pretty well, too -- for both daytime and nighttime looks.

Scarves as Wraps

Strapless dresses can look absolutely stunning, but when the temperatures drop, they can leave you feeling chilly. If you want a scarf to keep you warm, choose a pashmina or a large scarf that can double as a wrap. You'll want one with enough fabric to wrap around your back and shoulders when the wind blows.

Texture Matters

A bulky wintertime scarf -- like the kind you'd wear to a ski resort -- paired with a chic, strapless dress is a definite fashion don't. The trick is to choose a scarf with a complementary texture. Even if you're using your scarf as a wrap, to match the elegant mood of a strapless dress, stick with lighter, flowing fabrics like silk or a light cotton and cashmere blend. A sheer scarf will also look totally hot with a strapless dress, since you'll see your skin through the fabric.

Bold Choices

If your strapless dress feels a little drab, gussy it up with a perky scarf in a bright color or pretty pattern. For a more elegant look, try a scarf with strands of iridescent thread, gold hues or deeper colors. If you want to add a little spice to your look, go all out with a super bright scarf or one with colorful geometric patterns. You can also add an element of interest to a plain strapless number by wearing a scarf made of an eye-popping fabric like lace or a loose, see-through crochet.


Don't want to cover up your arms and shoulders? No problem. Use a scarf as a hair accessory by tying like a headband around your head and letting the ends cascade down your back. This works particularly well with a strapless dress, since you don't have sleeves and shoulder details competing for attention. You can also wear a scarf wrapped turban-style, or channel Jackie Kennedy and drape it over your hair and tie it underneath.

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