PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 September, 2007, 12:00am

Personal style is sometimes more evident in someone's choice of accessories than clothing. One of my favourite ways to spice up an outfit? Wearing a long skinny scarf.

Ever since Alexander McQueen's silky skull scarf became a must-have item, I've seen stylish women throw one on to jazz up a plain outfit. For summer, silk scarves abounded, but now the weather is cooling off, you can opt for something slightly more substantial. That doesn't mean wool, though - it is still too hot for such a dense fabric.

Walking around La Foret (24-26 East Point Rd, Causeway Bay, tel: 28951262) a new mall I recently discovered, I found many small boutiques carrying all types of scarves. Most of the stores don't haves names and carry a quirky selection of merchandise from local designers, as well as some imports from Japan and Korea.

In particular, check out Shop 123 for bundles of long, skinny scarves in cotton that are imported from Korea. Look for cool prints such as leopard and zebra, as well as colourful optical prints and Hawaiian designs. I caught Vivian (top) in the midst of purchasing a textured crochet scarf that added a cosy femininity to her otherwise urban uniform of skinny jeans topped with a parka.

A few stores down at Shop 127 (tel: 2504 3978), I found even more scarves, some in silk and some in gauze. They had wispy knock-offs of the McQueen skull scarf but I would refrain from buying those. Instead, go for one of their striped, plaid or colourfully printed scarves for a look that is quirky rather than a designer imitation. Prices were reasonable, at around HK$125. Take a cue from Polly (bottom), who loosely wrapped a super skinny navy and white striped scarf around her neck to jazz up her simple slogan tee, faded jeans and Converse sneakers. Her dark-rimmed glasses are stylish.

For something a little different, check out Artistic (Shop 145, tel: 2972 2773) for colourful ethnic-inspired scarves. Reminiscent of brands such as Dries van Noten, mix these colourful scarves with anything except ethnic-inspired clothing.

Many local designers have set up shop in La Foret and one standout is Rabbit (Shop 142, tel: 2895 2766). It carries the right mixture of clothing and accessories in breezy fabrics and soft colours.