Review: Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrap

by Vahni on April 8, 2010

When I was asked if I’d like to do a scarf review for Affordable Scarves (now renamed to Scarves.net), I jumped at the chance. You see, I love scarves. I’ve been wearing silk, wool, velvet, linen, cotton, and fur scarves for many years. Scarves are my friends. Forever.

Affordable Scarves is exactly what it touts itself to be: an online scarf retailer with an extensive collection of scarves at affordable prices. The majority of the site’s inventory falls between $10 and $20 (and there’s a 15% off promo special running at the moment, so they are super cheap). With prices that inexpensive, you should know that these are not Hermés-quality scarves, but they are functional and fun, and for under 20 bucks, I’d say that’s exactly the point. The site is very user-friendly and you can search for scarves by color, material, season, shape, size and trend. They also offer free shipping on orders over $30. So I made my choice, and in no time, this Leopard Print Wrap arrived at my door…

Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrap in black & white

Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrapls
($16.11, Scarves.net)

Vahni & Her Leopard Print Wrap

Vahni & her Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrap in black & white

I have to admit, I couldn’t wait for this scarf to arrive, for two reasons: I have no other leopard print scarves and this print has been showing up on scarves everywhere over the last year. I opened the package and unfurled the wrap, and honey, it kept going and going and going! I guess I didn’t pay much attention to the dimensions (76″ L x 52″ W) when I ordered it… it is indeed the size of a wrap, and a big one. But more about that in a minute.

So I knew the scarf is polyester, and while polyester is a wonder fabric, part of me wished it was linen or cotton, just so it felt a little softer. But I have to admit that the fabric lends itself well with this wrap—the print is crisp and vibrant; despite the size, it’s not bulky; and it launders like a champ. In the photos above, the photo on the left was taken after the scarf was washed in a lingerie bag on a normal cycle and air-dried. The photos on the right were taken before it was washed. No difference…and notice how it ties up into a knot that fits in your hand. That means it would be a fantastic piece for traveling.

In terms of wearability, the Affordable Scarves Leopard Print Wrap is unbelievably versatile. You can do a traditional scarf look, wear it as a wrap, or as a sarong or bathing suit cover-up. It stays put, which is nice, and the one thing about silkier scarves I don’t like—they tend to slide. I wore it as a scarf, and I draped it around the back of my neck and belted it over a tank top and it looked great.

Bottom Line

Overall, I really love this wrap and would recommend it to anyone who is comfortable wearing a large wrap/scarf. It is chic, inexpensive, and statement-making—meets all my requirements!

PROS:

  • Gorgeous print—black and grey is a fresh take on leopard
  • Versatile—wear it as a scarf, wrap, or sarong
  • Great price—a low-cost way to work the animal print trend into your wardrobe

CONS:

  • Wished it was a natural fabric or blend with linen or cotton
  • Might be too large for a petite woman
  • Synthetic fabric might make it uncomfortable if worn as a summer scarf
Look Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Quality Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
Wearability Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Price Our Rating: ★★★★★
Overall Our Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Posted in: Miscellaneous,Reviews,Scarves

  • Love this scarf, leopard print is huge this spring and a scarf is a perfect way to add that little extra to a blah-zay outfit. Thanks for the review, I prefer a long skinny scarf that I can wrap around and around, the big sheets tend to be too fussy for me.

  • Tex

    Cute, and I like that it’s long. I like to get lost in my scarves. : )

  • Empress…glad this info helped…it is a very large scarf! Affordable Scarves does have standard rectangular scarves in leopard print as well. Check the site out and see what you think.

    Tex…I also like to get lost in my scarves…they’re like a security blanket for big girls!

    Thank you both for your comments.

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