Ok, so here's the reality: while I would love to look crisply attired and professionally styled at all times, that just ain't happening when trying to chase a toddler around. What I need is simple outfits that I can put on quickly, but that still have some character and style to them. I need to look like I tried without having to actually try that hard.
That's what's so wonderful about scarves. They are simple pieces that come in a vast variety of colors and patterns, and can instantly take the simplest outfit and add that element of style that pulls it all together. Jeans and a T: comfy, practical, but boring. Add a brightly colored scarf and you have instant detail and interest with no fuss. And they're not just for cold weather anymore. They come in a variety of light, airy fabrics that feel just as spring and summery as tanks and sundresses (both of which you can add a scarf to.)
Additionally, they're a functional accessory, particularly good for air travel, when you encounter a variety of temperatures and can be hot one minute and cold another. Light scarves can provide just the right extra layer to adjust to temperature changes.
And there are so many ways you can style them, its like 20 pieces in one. And you can easily find so many styles at very affordable prices. So its a win all around. And who doesn't like winning? :)