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casual outfit with lightweight scarf

We’re now in the weather pattern that usually dominates coastal Southern California from May through mid-July: the Marine Layer. This means the occasional warmer day but mostly cool and overcast mornings and evenings and often a brisk ocean breeze. Sometimes a lightweight wrap makes all the difference between being chilly and being comfortable. Here I’ve repurposed a gauzy oblong scarf.

scarf (similar) | sweater | necklace | necklace | jeans (similar) | bag | shoes

The scarf is a couple of years old from Gerard Darel. I usually wear as a neck scarf, but also like the bit of pattern and texture it adds as an outer layer.

layered medallion necklaces and gauzy wrap

Do you often wear wraps?

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23 Comments

  1. May 20, 2016 / 3:27 am

    Cute outfit. Yes, wraps are nice, because if you get warm, you can bunch it up into a scarf look.
    Love your sunglasses!

  2. rukshanaafia
    May 20, 2016 / 3:38 am

    I’ve never managed to get wraps or shawls to work for me !

  3. karen k…
    May 20, 2016 / 3:44 am

    i’ve started to wear them all the time as a way to combat uneven temp control in my office, and uneven temp control in my body. it’s easier to slip a wrap/large scarf on and off then to pull a jacket on an off.

  4. nell
    May 20, 2016 / 4:23 am

    Pretty, diaphonous (that spelling is wrong, I’m sure) wrap looks super with your outfit. I really like the way you have been softening the overall look of your clothes with more pale neutrals– they repeat the lighter elements of your coloring– and more color. There’s such a pleasing harmony to the overall look…

  5. May 20, 2016 / 4:35 am

    I’m fascinated by the weather you experience, as I live near the Chesapeake Bay…May through mid July is usually 85 with high humidity…jeans are even questionable! How lovely and inspiring you are! Thanks, Sue!!

  6. May 20, 2016 / 4:47 am

    Because my life is One. Long. Hot. Flash. I don’t have a need for wraps. But–with summer air conditioning and hiding a turkey neck, I love me those lightweight scarfs.Scarfs ward against that fake chill AND work as the poor woman’s neck lift!
    BTW–I love the way you are wearing the necklaces. I’m such a minimalist when it comes to necklaces because I just do not have that creative ability to mix multiple’s. Looks great!

  7. May 20, 2016 / 5:54 am

    I love a scarf as a wrap, and this one is perfect for the cause (the silky ones get too slippery). Great look head to toes. xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

  8. Mary Lou Hartman
    May 20, 2016 / 5:59 am

    Love the entire look- what a great combination.

  9. May 20, 2016 / 6:42 am

    I can only manage a wrap for a black tie event (which is very seldom now) ~ you look great, but I don’t enjoy having to sort of fuss with stuff. So tired of the gloom here, it seems to have begun earlier than ever, and it’s also a little colder than usual.

  10. Cathy D.
    May 20, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Congratulations on another gorgeous outfit! I love the way the neutral colors all blend together. You are a genius with accessories, and an inspiration. Have a great weekend!

  11. Linda
    May 20, 2016 / 10:13 am

    The Marine Layer… Gosh, that sounds romantic. Here in Chicago we have Cold, Colder, and Hot. Great use of the textured scarf. And there’s your beloved bag, tempting me again. Thanks, Sue. 🙂

  12. May 20, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Love wearing wraps, I feel just like you do, they’re a perfect accessory to throw on in the cool summer mornings and evenings. As always, love your style. I’m heading to So Cal next week so thanks for the heads up with the weather.

  13. May 20, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Pretty much your look. You have any suggestions for days that are not cold?

  14. Kathryn
    May 20, 2016 / 11:16 am

    To me, a scarf is a necessity! I was told by my physiotherapist that many people who have suffered head/neck trauma in accidents are committed scarf wearers. I had always reached for something to cover my neck wondered why I felt so exposed without one. It didn’t take too long to just embrace the scarf and rock it!
    I love the idea of the ‘full drape” – it looks fantastic. Yet another idea for how to wear the thing I don’t leave the house without.
    Thanks!

    • May 21, 2016 / 10:47 am

      I just read your reply. I’m so intrigued because I suffered two head injuries and really do love a scarf around my neck. I always thought it was to cover my turkey neck but now I see there’s an underlying reason!

    • Avicenna
      May 21, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      I suffered a neck injury in an accident and often wear a scarf in the winter and summer. Without a scarf cold drafts, particularly from air conditioning in summer, cause my neck muscles to tighten. I’m always on the look out for light summer scarves.

  15. samantha4blair
    May 20, 2016 / 11:30 am

    I love wraps, shawls and scarves…but I am having trouble seeing past your beautiful necklaces and those shoes!
    Great accesorising.
    XXX
    Samantha

    • samantha4blair
      May 20, 2016 / 11:31 am

      accessorising, even!

  16. May 20, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I love wraps but have none. This one is beautiful and soft. I like to drape my jacket or sweater over a shoulder-strap bag if I get too warm but I think it would be easier to do with a wrap, and it would look better.

    I love your look here with the black and ivories and your bold necklaces.

  17. May 20, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Like Kathryn above, I always reach for a scarf. Actually, a pashmina. I have two drawers full! The larger ones act as a wrap/throw and I’m never without one. And, of course, France is the perfect place to buy more!

  18. May 20, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I love scarves but have always struggled a bit to style them. The ones I have are long and thin. This scarf works wonderful as a wrap! Just found your lovely blog today. Cheers from SD!

  19. SoSuSam
    May 22, 2016 / 7:52 am

    What a beautiful outfit. A perfect example of casual elegance! You really know and live your style. You’re such an inspiration, both in terms of how you’ve parsed and evolved your own sense of style–inviting the rest of us to do the same for ourselves, if we feel moved to do so–and in the specific items you choose, which typically make me want to buy them for myself. (Your blog is dangerous that way!) My own style has moved from None Whatsoever to Maybe a Little in the past decade, in large part thanks to your blog. There’s still a long road ahead, but your inspiration is so appreciated. Gorgeous scarf, by the way. I rely on wraps throughout the year, but especially in the spring and summer.

  20. Leslie in Oregon
    May 23, 2016 / 12:28 am

    You wear that wrap beautifully! I have worn shawls and scarves as wraps ever since I bought some beautiful light-wool shawls in the USSR. If it is very cold, I wear them over my coat, but most of the year, they are all the “outer garment” I need.

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