The Classic Silk Scarf

Karlie Kloss wrapped in various Herme's signature silk scarves

A quick and effortless way to add an eye-catching edge to your more-modest wardrobe staples is to add a funky scarf. The neck scarf, which we often say originated in our grandmother's wardrobes and at car-boot sales, has weaved in and out of the style charts and on and off the runway, yet to me it is a timeless accessory. Hermes' reoccurring, vast collections of beautifully sleek squares of fabric to adorn the collarbone prove exactly that. Phoebe Philo's chic AW'12 leather versions of the neckerchief pushed this accessory to bond with the modern style circuit, while this season, Dolce and Gabbana embraced the souvenir scarf as a handy, hot weather cover-up, wrapping their model's updos in multi-coloured silks and satins.
Olivia Palermo brightens her jeans and a blazer with her
 emerald Herme's scarf
Dolce and Gabbana S/S'13

Kate Bosworth indulges in a silky scarf
   Whether you utilise your neck scarf as a dash of colour, teaming it with a luxe, white tee or blouse and plain jeans, or pair it with another pattern on your bottom half- double paisley is always a commendable clash- this accessory is guaranteed to make a statement. If you're a bit wary of tying your scarf round your neck, or it's simply a bit too warm, then try attaching a pretty swath of fabric to a tote or testing out the bandana trend. Work with tousled hair for the beach and always leave that corner hanging daintily at the side. For more bohemian ways to channel the silk scarf, why not loop one of your favourites around your bike handlebars- I'm thinking a super-cute, retro-look bicycle with a basket: swoon- or pick out your most French looking neckerchief for a trip to the bakery. A larger sized scarf would hold your pastries or boxes of macaroons and quite frankly look adorable. I hope I've persuaded you to up your accessory game and experiment with a truly Parisian-esque piece! Wander vintage boutiques, dress agencies, car boot fairs, market stalls and the like for pre-loved silk scarves, or check out my high-street picks below.

ASOS Codello Paisley Border Silk Scarf £22.50
Accessorize Bird in a Tree Silk Classic Scarf £12
Designer Copy: Topshop Butterfly Square Scarf £14
Splurge: Matthew Williamson DNA Butterfly Printed Silk Scarf £210
Joules Bloomfield Yellow Silk Scarf £34.95
Zara Printed Scarf £5.99


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