That being said, we are also firm believers in the power of colour. Its ability to reflect a mood – or even transform one – makes it a potent tool. Uplifting, eye-catching, an expression of individuality, colour adds depth and interest wherever it’s found. So, when sartorial fatigue has set in and the idea of a complete style overhaul seems appealing (though far too much work, of course), colour comes to the rescue. For those who prefer to keep it low-key, the trick is in scale and form. A flash of colour can be as effective as a head-to-toe blast and it’s here where we bang the drum for the humble scarf. Breathing new life into a wardrobe that feels routine and run-of-the-mill can be as simple as the addition of a well-chosen accessory.
For most, an afterthought picked up “in case it gets a bit chilly,” then often left in the backs of cabs, or lost forever under pub tables, the scarf is an underrated item that deserves its due praise. A safe way to introduce not only colour, but colour in the form of print, that navy suit and white button-down take on a new direction with a reworked paisley scarf in rich shades of blue and purple. Likewise, your favourite Paul Newman-esque combo of chambray and denim is suddenly smartened with the introduction of a classic tapestry print in vibrant reds. It’s hard to imagine an outfit, casual, formal or anything in between, that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of an instantly cheering vivid check scarf.