Scarves used to be classified as an accessory only used when outdoor temperatures made our necks intolerable to bare. Over the recent seasons, however, scarves have been spotted not only during the spring and summer seasons, but also worn around the head and neck in various different ways.
From silk to cashmere, designers have experimented with new fabrics transcending the traditional wool that labeled scarves as only a winter accessory. These lightweight and elegant fabrics not only make them suitable for the hotter seasons but also make them malleable enough to be used creatively as a trendy head accessory.
As seen on many celebrities, the “summer scarf” is worn around the neck (not wrapped) and worn to slightly adorn bare shoulders when worn over a tank top or cami. Solid colored scarves give a sophisticated look, while various prints give a more casual and youthful feel. Designers such as Ed Hardy and Alexander McQueen have branded their scarves with highly popular prints that are easily referenced back to the designer, like the Alexander McQueen silk skull scarf. This particular scarf was seen on many celebrities, including Nicole Ricci and Lindsey Lohan.
This year, a particular way to wrap scarves around the neck put a huge spotlight back on this ancient accessory. The “triangle-tie” resembling the look that cowboys used to don were seen all over the runway and streets. Plaid patterns and fringe details were the most sought after styles, modernizing this primitive look.
What can be worn one day around the neck, can easily be transformed into a different look by wrapping it around the head. This season, scarves were highly merchandised with swimwear as the season’s must-have accessory. The different ways of wearing scarves around the head are countless, which is why scarves have become highly popularized, for their capability of being a highly versatile fashion accessory. Whether draped around the neck, wrapped around the head or cinched over the waist, scarves can turn any outfit from dull to dramatic.