Welcome to the first of our Blog Takeover series, in which we hand over the reigns of the Lily and Lionel blog to one of London's most stylish women. Stepping up to the plate this week is Head of Editorial and Content at Harrods.com, Maria Milano.
A self-proclaimed scarfaholic, Maria knows a thing or two about styling a scarf for every occasion. Here she takes us through her 3 key looks for this season...
Hi, my name is Maria and I'm a scarfaholic. I'm not exactly sure how or when I became one, all I know is that a few years back I had one single understated grey knitted scarf and now I have what is essentially a whole scarf wardrobe - summer scarves, winter stoles, plane scarves (basically cashmere blankets to wrap mummy-style around my neck), outfit finishers (where the scarf is so much more interesting than the get-up) and numerous leopard print numbers because, well, I'm a leopard lover.
This season I've invested yet again into said wardrobe with an essential tartan print scarf (aren't checks irresistible at the moment?), and this gorgeous horse print number by Lily and Lionel, which will literally have to be pried from my neck during this particularly arctic week. In fact, I've managed to work it into three different outfits, making it officially one of the hardest working pieces in my closet.
1. Weekend Look
Weekends spent chasing after my kids means my look needs to be comfy and hard-wearing, able to withstand a game of hide and seek at the playground or the building of a pillow fort in my livingroom. Layering doesn't come naturally to me, it's an art I've learned in Blighty, and one that I work very hard at. A vest, chunky jumper and scarf are all key ingredients. This season ripped jeans feel modern (and are extremely child friendly!).
2. Dressy Look
Dressing to the nines in winter is tricky as tights and long sleeves don't often translate into the sexiest partywear. For a recent black tie event I decided to brave it in bare arms and legs but kept my trusty scarf with me to stay warm and not look totally tropical. The key here was to keep the clashing prints tonal.
3. Outerwear Look
This is an obvious one but it's incredible how the switch (or addition) of a scarf can totally update your favourite coat. This week I decided to revive my vintage midi Burberry trench and give it a Seventies feel by pairing it with chunky boots and this earth-tone scarf.
I think I've sufficiently proven my cost-per-wear skills, which totally means I can justify buying another scarf.