Photo Courtesy of iStockphoto/ThinkstockOh, autumn. Our favorite thing about this season— aside from apple picking, carving pumpkins, and going on hayrides— is the cozy luxury fashion we get to wear while doing all those chilly outdoor activities. Knitted gloves, cozy hats, and our favorite, most versatile accessory of them all: scarves. Though they may bring up haunting memories of the chunky wool monsters that your mother lovingly dressed you in as a child, if you get the right material and know how to wear them, scarves can actually become your best friend and number one sidekick in the colder months. Below, we round up some of our favorites from high-end labels that will ensure you’re looking stylish while staying warm this season.
Scarves by Sheila Johnson
Our first favorite comes from Sheila Johnson, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist-turned designer. The BET network cofounder has long been tied to the fashion world, serving as chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Recently, President Obama honored Johnson by appointing her to his Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. And it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about the luxe lifestyle— the well-rounded, multitasking Johnson also oversees luxury properties as founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts in Virginia. Photo Courtesy of Scarves by Sheila Johnson
The fashionable entrepreneur’s scarf line is quite unique, integrating her love for style and art. Using a delicately knit modal fabric and handcrafted in Italy, her scarves feature prints of picturesque scenes from Johnson’s home in Virginia, as well as her world travels to Uganda, Rwanda and Haiti. When laid out flat, the scarves are tapestry-like versions of the stunning landscape photos, but each print takes on a fashionable form when worn around the neck. The twisting and turning of the fabric results in asymmetrically patterned looks with pops of color in random places that just seem to fit, like happy accidents. Photo Courtesy of Scarves by Sheila Johnson
The brightly-hued scarves are sold in stylish square boxes that bear Johnson’s signature salamander logo for $475. And they wouldn’t be Johnson creations without a philanthropic twist: a portion of the proceeds from the scarves will be donated to the Johnson-founded street soccer team called the Lady Salamanders, which is made up of homeless women from around the country and provides them with programs targeted at employment, education and counseling. Additionally, Johnson plans to give back to earthquake-stricken Haiti by donating money to the country from scarves sold with prints that were taken there. We can’t think of a better example of style with a cause.
Spun by Subtle Luxury
Another great option comes from Subtle Luxury, a California clothing company that specializes in the effortless, laid back style that the West Coast is known for. Founded in 1995, the brand’s owners and designers are inspired daily by living in the natural, bohemian-chic beach town of Manhattan Beach, California. Darrin and Cindy Freeman specialize in luxury retail and fashionable comfort, respectively, which results in the best of both worlds in terms of fashion, as far as we’re concerned. Photo Courtesy of Spun by Subtle Luxury
With a sharp focus on luxury fibers, unique details and extreme softness, scarves from the brand's "Spun" line mimic the modern and timeless appeal of Subtle Luxury’s “California Cashmere” sweater knits that the brand has become known for. Spun’s 100 percent cashmere scarves are ideal for achieving the layered look that is popular in the fall, no matter what part of the country you live in. We love the fresh details and shapes that are found in the cashmere collection— the “Peacock” and “Twilight Woods” prints are subtle enough to accompany a formal ensemble, but unique to add a special flare to a neutral autumn outfit. At $225, you know what to expect with these cashmere creations: ultimate softness that will keep you feeling warm and fuzzy well into the winter. Photo Courtesy of Spun by Subtle Luxury
Scarves by Asta Masiulytė
If you’re looking for something that’s at once unique, creative, and luxe, look no further than the scarves created by Asta Masiulytė. The Lithuanian-born artist was basically destined to work in the fashion business, having grown up with a grandmother who created traditional Lithuanian quilts on a loom and a mother who loved her knitting machine. After earning her master’s degree in textile art, Masiulytė entered the industry by designing clothes in Spain, and still, to this day, focuses on natural materials like silk, wool, and linen. Her scarf line, which ranges in price from about $190 to $360, provides lovely options for accessorizing your ensemble this fall. Photo Courtesy of Scarves by Asta Masiulytė
Truly works of art, Masiulytė’s scarves are made by painting dye into the fine silk material and allowing it to spread and “spill out” to take on a watercolor effect. These handmade scarves are the ultimate form of expression, complete with color bursts, dynamics and layered spaces created by the strategically-placed paint. And with the impossibility to control the paint’s movements and reproduce a particular style exactly, you’re ensured to have a completely original and unique scarf handmade by Asta herself. As if we needed another reason to love these wearable works of art, their silk material makes them ideal for a year-round fashion statement, and the pretty pastel colors will make for an easy transition into Spring once the weather warms. Photo Courtesy of Scarves by Asta Masiulytė