Trends are a funny thing. Some of them become classics that work throughout the year and for years on end. Others fade with the season and hopefully never return. Last year fashion magazines threatened us with the return of the perm. But thankfully the horrific memories of the 80’s were not awaken and the streets everywhere stayed perm-free.
Then there are trends that do not cause such strong reactions in fashionistas. One such trend is the silk scarf. You know, the beautifully patterned accessory that your granny used to wear around her neck at special occasions.
This Autumn/Winter season it’s all about the beautiful patterns that we’re all familiar with but those patterns are now decorating also dresses, tops and skirts, not just scarves. In these times of over consumption I thought I’d take a more sustainable approach to this trend. So, I went roaming into my mum’s scarf collection and found exactly what I knew I would:
2 beautiful silk scarves with exactly the sort of patterns that are totally in fashion right now. I might also note here that colour brown was especially popular on runways all over the fashion weeks.
But since I have never worn such a scarf (up North I prefer thick wool, which is layered multiple times around my neck) I thought I’d display couple different ways of how to wear this particular accessory.
A beautiful scarf is such a versatile accessory that can easily be styled from a day-look to completing an evening look as well. This Autumn you could, for example, replace jewelry with a colourful silk scarf around you neck. Add a pair of pearl earrings to that and you’re done.
This style reminds me of a bib, but as long as the scarf is decorative enough, it shouldn’t resemble one when worn to the office. I prefer this look for office outfits in particular; it goes really nicely with a crisp white shirt and a jacket.
How to do it: fold a square-shaped scarf from one corner to the opposite corner so that you’re left with a triangle shape. Fold the scarf around your neck so that the ends go around the back, all the way to the front and tie them up. Hide the knot beneath the “flap” left on the front and adjust into correct shape and length.
Silk scarves look particularly wonderful when incorporated to different sorts of ponytails or buns, in my opinion. They bring a really nice twist into everyday hairstyles and makes one’s hair look much more abundant. For hair accessory you can buy different kinds of bows and decorative knots made of scarves with a hairpin attached to them. Or you can use just a scarf!
How to do it: There are no pins required for this simple hairstyle. For those whose hair is thick and manageable, you can just tie up a ponytail with the scarf. For us fair-haired ones I suggest to first put up a normal ponytail and then roll a nice scarf around it. Thus:
One scarf, 3 styles
A long, thin scarf is much more versatile than a square scarf. So, if you like to play around with different styles I recommend to invest on a long, thin scarf. I especially liked Ted Baker’s array of scarfs this Autumn. The Ted Baker prints always make me salivate.
How to do it:
- The first look is very straight-forward: drape the scarf once around your neck and tie the ends on a loose knot leaving the ends hang as they are. You could also position the ends on top of each other so that the style is bit more ‘cravat’-like.
- Tie the scarf around your neck just like in style one and make 2 separate knots, leaving the second knot quite loose. For stability push some of the scarf edges underneath your shirt collar and position the ends elegantly over your shoulder.
- The third option here is also a 2-knot style where the second knot should be a bit more ‘messy’ and artistic than a basic knot, leaving the other end shorter than the other.
Basically with a scarf like that you should just play around, try out different ways to position and tie it. Let your creativity take flight and come up with a completely original style! This Autumn season it’s completely encouraged!