Alison Post: Trendspotting Silk Scarves

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.

Scooby Don’t




  1. Erica says:

    Hahahaha…Scooby Don't. Loves it

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. Erica says:

    Hahahaha…Scooby Don't. Loves it

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  3. Becca says:

    I love it. I bought myself a beautiful Zac Posen scarf last year, and I've been terrified to wear it. Not only is it a really stand-out print with bold colors (which sort of terrifies me), but I don't know the proper way to wear it (which, I guess, is any way I want!). Now I'm inspired!

    September 14, 2010/Reply
  4. Lisa says:

    You really must post some shots of the pamphlet if you still have it!

    September 14, 2010/Reply
  5. Marianne says:

    Silk scarves are easy to find in most thrift stores for $1-$5, if you don't mind digging. Also, try searching the vintage section of for silk scarves, there are a lot of really beautiful ones in the $10 to $20 range, in a fantastic selection of colors and prints. Definitely keep your eyes open for vintage Vera Neumann scarves – she designed some of the most beautiful and artistic textiles I've ever seen.

    Finally, Brooks Brothers has some tutorials on various scarf knots:

    September 14, 2010/Reply
  6. Jill says:

    Love this post. I have two silk scarves that were my grandmother's from the '60s or '70s (Vera if you've heard of the label). I didn't wear them (kind of fragile and also not sure the designs worked with my clothes). I had them framed and have them hanging in my living room. A fun way to appreciate the design and more importantly, remind me of my grandmother.

    September 14, 2010/Reply
  7. N says:

    Ditto above, I'd love to see scans from the pamphlet!

    September 14, 2010/Reply
  8. Erica says:

    Hahahaha…Scooby Don't. Loves it

    September 15, 2010/Reply
  9. DB says:

    I have a hard time wearing silk scarves and not feeling like a flight attendant. I'd love to hear more about the tips from your pamphlet.

    September 15, 2010/Reply