Just add a modern silk scarf…
According to Vogue, silk scarves made a good showing on the street style set during Paris fashion week. While it’s been some years since they’ve been more broadly popular, I’ve always loved wearing scarves. Whether they’re coming back “in” again remains to be seen. But I have been noticing a lot more silk scarves in this season’s collections than I’ve seen in a while.
Carrés, or silk squares are a practical choice for spring, when a wool or cashmere scarf is too heavy, but it’s still chilly enough to want some neck coverage. They’re also a great way to add some color and pattern, and can be the piece that makes an outfit feel “finished.”
Some shy away from silk scarves out of fear of looking fusty or démodé. To avoid this, be careful of patterns that feel dated or too fussy, and opt for either modern or whimsical designs. (In your best colors, of course!) And avoid ties that are too precise or complicated. “Just threw it on,” is the look you’re going for. That doesn’t mean sloppy or haphazard. Here’s one of my favorite ways to tie or arrange a silk scarf that’s neat but not fussy:
If a standard size (36″ x 36″) silk square feels too unwieldy at first, try a smaller size and wear as a neckerchief, headband or tied around the handle of your bag. Good quality silk can be worth the investment and can last for decades if properly cared for. But you can also find some moderately priced scarves to try out. Here are a few:
Also check out Etsy, and re-sale sites like Fashionphile and The RealReal. (Be aware though, some designer scarves retain a high value, even second-hand.)
Do you wear silk scarves? What’s your favorite way to wear them?