Easy Outfit Upgrade: Tie On a Little Scarf

(Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America, Brian Ach/Getty Images North America, Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images North America)What don't the French do perfectly? Their baguettes put all other breads to shame, their museums are works of art in themselves, and their inimitable style is a national treasure. So whenever we find ourselves in a wardrobe conundrum, we simply ask, "What would the French do?"

Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller, is well known for her ahead-of-the-curve style, and over the past few seasons, we've spotted her in small silk scarves more than once. When worn with basics, such as a blazer and jeans, a scarf adds a much needed dose of color and a touch of effortless sophistication.

(Source: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images North America, Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America)Fellow fashion beacon, editor and former model Giovanna Battaglia has also been spotted with an insouciant scarf tied 'round her neck. We love the way Battaglia's scarves frame her gorgeous face.

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But if French dressing isn't your bag, fret not. The scarf knows no geographical or sartorial boundaries. Keisha Chambers, actor Justin Chambers's wife, proves a bandanna print can work in an L.A. art gallery just as easily as on the range. J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons took the little scarf look out of this world completely, layering two shirts, knit tights, an ostrich-feather skirt and sandals with a printed scarf. We rule the look très, très chic.

(Sources: Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images North America, Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America)For spring, we love ASOS's lightweight printed scarf ($15.03) that reminds us of Givenchy's resort collection from last year, a simple floral-and-striped version ($28) from Nordstrom, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Mary Cassatt lilacs scarf ($75).

(Source: ASOS, Nordstrom, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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