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That’s right; there are about a hundred or more monikers for each unique look that is achieved through tying a scarf a different and creative way. We all are familiar with the basics – the one-loop, the classic drape, the European loop, the toss, and the infinity circle. However, tying your scarf the “celebrity way” or perhaps even as a “magic trick” or as the “Mira” or even in the form of “a boa” are ways that may be alien to many of you and more familiar to the rest of you than you think.

However, it takes a tutorial and seeing it done in action to remind you just how tying a scarf in an uncommon way can top off an outfit and make you look chic and stylish. I swear that scarf tying could be dubbed a craft that only those with the utmost skill should partake in. For those of you who don’t refer to it as a natural talent, you may want to take the 4.5 minutes and watch this video that I discovered. It’s undoubtedly the best tutorial video on scarf tying that I have ever watched. It’s concise, to the point, professional, well-edited, creative, and organized. I also like how at the end, you can click on each individual look and get the full, step-by-step verbal teaching of how to tie the scarf. I give her absolute props for coming up with what I deem as being the ultimate scarf tutorial in… history.

While on the subject of scarves, let me know what you think of these ascot-style scarves from Topshop. I am 150% obsessed with them and want to order one in every color. They are so preppy and classic and perfect for the ultimate accessory lover. They’re $28 a pop and well worth the indulgence!

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What better way to embrace the fall season as well as the month of October? A fabulous pea coat, I would say! I think that finding the perfect coat with impeccably placed oversized buttons is a way to not only keep the chill out of your bones but to also look fall fashionable. Try a creme color or something with a fun pattern. If you prefer to go with something bolder and darker, go with a charcoal over black. Save the black for winter and use fresh and light alternatives while you can.

Modcloth.com coat in creme

Although a great coat is a must-have for fall, don’t neglect the other necessities. In my opinion, the top five things (aside from a great coat) that you need include:

1. Boots- both flat and a pair with heels in an over-the-knee and a bootie. Avoid mid-calf boots at all costs. They don’t do justice for anyone’s legs.

2. A cute hat, whether it’s a fitted cap or a more baggy, slouchy beanie style cap.

Sonia Rykiel Flower Cap from Nordstrom; $115

3. SCARVES. These are an absolute MUST. Try an infinity scarf, a traditional scarf, a wool one, a chiffon one, acrylic, knit, fringe, no fringe, solid color, color block, pattern, long, short, triangular; heck, MAKE YOUR OWN. Get creative and have them for both casual and dressier looks. Add a brooch or pin for some pizazz.

4. Leggings. I know this sounds pretty rudimentary, but if you think about it, leggings are all important when it comes to the fall. It’s not quite so cold out yet that they’re going to leave you with goosebumps all over but you also have to consider that you are going to be wearing boots, and leggings are ideal for wearing boots with because you don’t have to tolerate the annoying bunch and scrunch of tucking jeans into boots that hug your calves. Also, fall is the time of year where you can get creative with some faux leather leggings, gray leggings, or even thicker wool leggings. You can purchase them in 19 million different ways than your basic black and now is the time to do so.

5. An amazing chunky cardigan. Nothing embodies the season of foliage, pumpkin-picking, and hot lattes more than a chunky, cozy, stylish cardigan. It’s never a bad idea either to have a few in different styles and colors. Try one with snaps, one with large buttons, one with toggle closures, one with a zipper, or one with a waist tie. Three-quarter sleeves, long-sleeves, cropped cardigans or long, no matter what, you can’t really go wrong.

Michael Kors chunky cape cardigan; $150

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Just when I thought my favorite accessory couldn’t get any better, it certainly did. Scarves are great outfit enhancers for any season and for most occasions. Heck, I’m even wearing scarves in this hot summer weather! (granted they’re chiffon, but come on, that’s pure accessory dedication right there) Although I’ve seen and heard of them before, I was reintroduced to the infinity scarf last night while watching a special on television for the Kardashian’s “K-Dash” line of clothing. One of their last featured items was their infinity scarf, which I LOVED. They’re a definite stock-worthy item for the fall. Just as with any other type of scarf, you can buy one that’s crocheted, that’s chiffon, viscose, polyester, whatever, you name it.

The key to an infinity scarf and the trait that makes it different is the fact that it’s designed as a giant loop, hence the term infinity, so when you put it around your neck, you can let it hang in one, long loop or you can double and even triple it up, which is where it becomes fun. Finding good ways to tie a scarf can be a bit of a challenge (although it shouldn’t since I posted that video for you guys, column right!) but with the infinity, it’s a no-brainer; just throw it around your neck a few times and go. It instantly makes any outfit stand out. I love them, and I know they’ll be a popular item to complete all your fall looks this season. You can even get extremely creative with it and loop it around your hips, twist it mid-torso, and hook it around your neck to make for a look that goes beyond your traditional scarf.

I need to purchase one but in the meantime, since I’m so anxious to try the look, I figured I could create my own makeshift infinity scarf with a regular one. You can do it too, it’s easy. Simply take the ends of your scarf and either tie them securely together or use a safety pin to hold them if the material is too thick. Voila! You have an infinity scarf. You then just proceed by wrapping it and looping it however many times you wish and with a little added work, you get the same look. Just make sure the tied ends are behind your neck and not hanging in the front! For even more flair, take a decorative pin or flower and fasten it to the scarf in the front after you’ve looped it. Told you it’s an exciting trend 😉

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Now those of you who know me personally know that I love scarves and I wear them all the time! There are so many different shapes, lengths, patterns, fabrics, colors, etc. and if you go outside of the box, you can wear them in so many different ways that you probably never thought of before. Check out this video from a Seventeen magazine fashion editor. I LOVE it and I guarantee it’ll give you some great ideas!

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