The DIY Playbook Style Series – Scarves

The DIY Playbook Style Series: Like many of you, we both strive to buy clothing that not only reflects our style, but is also comfortable, affordable, and can be worn at work AND on the weekends (did we mention we don’t want to spend a ton of money either). We know that a lot of the DIY Playbook’s readers are currently in this same exact situation, so hopefully together we can start this new journey of connecting one another with clothes (and sales!!) that make us all feel confident and comfortable. Don’t get us wrong, we are NOT fashion experts and not even fashion forward, just regular girls trying to have a little fun with our styles all without breaking the bank.

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Today’s Wardrobe Staple: Fall Scarves

We hate to sound so #basic, but when the fall season comes around we’re both excited to whip out our scarf collections. Scarves are the best because they work double-duty. They keep your neck warm on a chilly day, and they’re also the perfect accessory to jazz up a plain outfit. Plus most are so incredibly budget-friendly. A hardworking accessory for less than $30? Yes, please!



In an effort to pare things down in our home, I’ve gotten rid of A LOT of scarves over the past few months. Honestly, when I looked at my scarf collection there were so many that I never ever wore and lots of colors and patterns that really weren’t me. So I donated about a half-dozen earlier this season.

I then added this fall scarf to my closet and I’ve been wearing it like crazy (as evidenced by all of these pictures..ha!)


I love that it’s an infinity scarf, and the colors scream fall to me! I usually keep this baby with me all the time and throw it on when I’m chilly in the office or on my commute to work. It’s a seasonal staple that I’m absolutely loving. Plus you can’t beat a price tag of $19! travel-beach-casey-toms-jeans-fall-fashion-scarf

This mustard scarf is an old one (so I don’t have an exact link), but it shows that a solid colored scarf can also work well for the fall season. Love the pop of color this adds to my neutral ensemble.


Like Casey, I just don’t have the space for a lot of scarves in my tiny closet and recently got rid of a ton of scarves that I hardly ever wore (maybe once per season). Instead of collecting a lot of different ones that I would only wear every so often, I’m trying to ONLY buy a very select few that I can wear on repeat. <— literally.

The combo that seems to work best for me is two very neutral scarves and one colorful one. I have found that this combo of three scarves seem to pair well with just about all of my coats/vests and can match with just about any outfit.

I’m not opposed to plain scarves but I’m a sucker for plaid, so when I saw this super warm $12 scarf that captures the best of both worlds… I was sold! I pair this scarf with just about anything because the ivory seems to match with everything. I also love that it’s not too thick so I can pair it with an outfit… not just outerwear. And did I mention it was only $12… regular price!


My next neutral scarf is grey and a bit more “blanket-y”. I love the subtle pattern and like that it’s not plaid (since the other two are). And like the ivory scarf, the grey seems to match with just about all of my coats, boots and vests so it’s very versatile. And between you and me sometimes I drape this in my “blanket basket” in the living room when I don’t have space in my closet to store it. Because it looks like a blanket and matches my decor, it acts as double duty between fashion accessory and decor staple. 😉


And last, but certainly not least, here’s my very colorful scarf that I get so many compliments on!? I bought this at Target a few years ago so I didn’t link the exact scarf but I have tried to find some very similar options if you’re looking for one like this. I’m not sure how this works, but this scarf magically seems to match with just about all of my fall clothes. I think it’s because it has SO many colors within the scarf that it can work with just about anything! For those days when I want a fun splash of color or when I want to feel super fall, this is definitely my go-to scarf.

Because these 3 scarves seem to be working with my entire closet, I don’t plan on buying any new scarves this fall season <— Well, I have to at least try to tell myself this because cute scarves are my weakness! 

But if you are looking to add to your scarf collection, here are so of the scarves we are eyeing…

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1.  Checkered Scarf // 2. Plaid Scarf // 3. Neutral Scarf  4. Cable-Knit Scarf // 5. Plaid Wrap/Scarf // 6. Plaid Scarf // 7. Aztec Inspired Scarf // 8. Casey’s infinity Scarf // 9. Maroon Scarf


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