Alison Post: Trendspotting Silk Scarves
Sep 14, 2010
If you saw a single picture from the DKNY show yesterday, you should be pretty sure that at least Ms. Karan thinks silk scarves are it for spring.
While we still have another season or two separating us from spring, the silk scarf trend is well within reach: it fits perfectly with military and collegiate trends, and it’s also a safe way to try out those daunting animal prints. And I’m sure I don’t need to mention the versatility of a silk scarf – they can be worn in seemingly countless ways – not to mention the added punch of color and personality they can bring to an otherwise tired look.
I love this modern floral print. It’s an interesting alternative to the more typical heritage prints found on silk scarves, and a wonderfully bright pop of color.
Epice S.A.R.L. Faenza Foulard Silk Scarf (Calypso, $135)
Not quite in your price range? This silk scarf from Nordstrom has a wonderful fall color palette at a much more accessible price point.
Bindya Mosaic Silk Square Scarf (Nordstrom, $38)
Not sure how to wear your scarf? When I was in high school, my mother gave me a little pamphlet from the 70s teaching me the ins and out of tying a silk scarf. Although a lot of their tips are dated, it’s still a handy organization of the basics. If you keep your eyes peeled at any vintage shops, you might see a basket full of these vintage gems, or you could always find one on eBay.
Hermès has recently launched a wonderful new website featuring scarves on the street in bold and interesting ways. For the more timid? I like to browse around Chictopia for more wearable looks, like the following:
Also worth keeping in mind: If you leave the house looking like a crime-fighting cartoon character from the 1970s, it’s not particularly stylish. Make sure you keep the rest of your ensemble modern.