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Lauren's Subdued, But Eye-Catching, Graphic Scarf

A bold accessory that doesn't overdose on color.

The documentary Advanced Style premiered in Toronto last week, which has me thinking about style versus fashion again, and how rare distinct personal style is. The Manhattan women featured in the doc have it in spades: Like children and young adults, they have a strong sense of what they like -- and the experience and knowledge to develop precepts for wearing it.

One of the women in the documentary -- a well-groomed, silver-haired woman named Joyce Carpati, who worked in Cosmopolitan's marketing department when Helen Gurley Brown was editor -- describes her style philosophy as "simple elegance": "You take that simple dress and you put a magnificent scarf, a magnificent piece of jewelry, and that's it," she says.

Those are good guidelines to dress by: One can think of clothes as canvas -- simple, well-tailored, solid-colored -- upon which to introduce pattern, color and texture. As one's style and taste changes, the clothes needn't, just the accessories.

So, in the spirit of embracing both magnificent scarves and things I like (a graphic print, neutral colors, a defined weave) my editor's pick this week is this linen-blend scarf from Theodora & Callum. The pattern is bold enough to be a statement-making piece, and yet the palette is still subdued enough to feel like "me."

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Theodora & Callum Savoy Scarf, $175, available at Shopbop.