The neck scarf—tolerated by flight attendants, beloved by Daphne and worn with a stylish sense of machismo by the perennially cool gaucho—is staging a comeback. Seen tied jauntily around the craning necks of the blogging elite this summer, the bandana lent a sense of borrowed-from-the-cowboys nonchalance to any number of distressed denim shorts and draped t-shirt combos, further popularizing a trend that started on the runways of Prada and Saint Laurent last season.
I, too, succumbed to the casual allure of the bandana, but as temperatures drop and heavier textiles (hello velvet! how do you do faux fur?) start making their way to the front of my closet, I sought a neck scarf that could keep up. So, I tucked away my collection of red and blue cotton squares and tucked into the basket of vintage silk scarves at my favorite local antiques and vintage shop. The aforementioned designers showed their neckwear skinny and monochromatic—a look I love, to be sure—but for this dress I preferred the on-trend ’70s vibe afforded to me by this sherbet-hued silk square. Possibly even better than the Mick Swagger this vintage beauty adds to any look is the versatility with which it can be worn. Here are three simple, chic ways to style a silk scarf.
1. I’ve always loved the look of a brightly colored scarf tied casually to the strap of a leather handbag—extra points if it’s Hermès—so this style was my immediate go-to. This look is carefree, slightly bohemian and easily transferable from outfit to outfit.
2. Roll the scarf at an angle and knot it loosely around your neck for a Mick Jagger-inspired look that’s as cool as it is retro.
3. Skip the bracelets and wind a scarf around your wrist for a playful take statement jewelry.
Scarf: vintage // Dress: Lush // Bag: Coach // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban via Endless Eyewear // Shoes: Target, old // Necklace: Julie Vos // Bracelets: BaubleBar, Julie Vos, H&M // Nails: Wallis by Butter London