There are so many easy styling tricks to help transition your wardrobe to spring, but one of my favorites is a big, bright scarf. The fabric is key here; you'll get the most wear out of lightweight, airy versions in silk, cashmere, and cotton, rather than heavy-duty wool styles. The best part of this bold layering piece is that it will not only cheer up your black coat during the still bitter days of winter, but when the weather finally warms up, they're an ideal pick for the beach, on the plane, and all those summer music festivals too. A no-brainer for accessorizing, scarves with punchy neon hues and lively prints are a closet necessity. Check out my top five picks below.
Fig & Bella Classic Cashmere Scarf ($169) in Yellow I'm seeing primary colors everywhere right now and love the idea of incorporating a splash of sunshine into a gray-hued ensemble. For a more affordable substitute, try Nordstrom's Linen Blend Scarf ($28), which is available in a range of cheery hues from Primrose Yellow to Blue Palace.
Gap Bright Floral Scarf ($30) in Neon Coral Ditsy florals give this scarf that bouncy springtime feel I'm looking for right now. For nights out, I would balance the print with a black biker jacket.
J. Crew Bazaar Scarf ($65) in Green Prairie I can't get enough of the patchwork trend and this scarf offers a chic and manageable way to try the look.
Athena Procopiou Marrakech Printed Modal and Silk-Blend Scarf ($396, available March) I stumbled upon this European scarf designer while browsing Net-a-Porter.com and am obsessed. When I'm not wearing this one around my neck, I will tie it to my bag. I'm also a fan of Willow Knows' Silk Habotai Wrap Scarf ($140), which features a similar marble effect.
Ace & Jig Provincial Scarf Colorway ($120, 323.669.1601) in Mango With just a pop of color, this scarf is the perfect everyday option. I'd wear it with a blue oxford shirt and boyfriend jeans.