Back To Basics: Silk Scarves

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As part of our weekly Back to Basics series, we are shining a spotlight on great wardrobe staples that are made to last. Because timeless basics are the most sustainable pieces you can buy.

Sometimes it’s handy to be able to reach for an accessory that gives any outfit the perfect finishing touch. A printed silk scarf is an item that has an amazing number of uses and applications. However choosing the perfect size is key. If you want it to sit neatly at your neck or in a blazer pocket, then go for something on the smaller end of the spectrum. For all other styling methods, we recommend going as big as possible to allow for lots of options.

There are all sorts of handy ‘how to’ guides on the internet that will teach you specific styling techniques so we won’t cover them here. Instead we’ve included a few inspirational styling ideas to get your juices flowing.

How To Style Your Silk Scarf

Scarf Belt

Try looping a long, narrow scarf through your belt loops like Victoria Beckham. Or roll up a square scarf to wear with high waisted jeans.

Neck Scarf

Use a small scarf to create this modern look. Tie it up close to your neck and pair with a button down shirt like Leandra Medine.

Scarf Bag

Marine Serre’s ingenious use of vintage scarves includes artfully folding them around old gym balls. Why not loop yours around a small box clutch for a similar effect.

Head Scarf

Simple, elegant, timeless. Try a few different methods to figure out which style suits you best.

Best Silk Scarves

For delightfully modern twists on classic scarf prints, we love Cyclades. The scarves are designed by Greek artist Leto Lama, and produced in Italy. The website also provides handy video guides to help you style your scarf.

Emma J Shipley’s unique approach to scarf making means her designs are instantly recognisable. We also love that she uses modal and natural fibres for all her scarves to ensure their longevity. 

This elegant scarf is created from Tussah silk, a type of peace silk. It’s so called because it is made using a more humane method of collecting the silk from the silkworms. 

We’re big fans of investing in vintage silk scarves. Prints by houses like Hermes and Salvatore Ferragamo rarely go out of date. We found this one from Vestiaire Collective but un named brands also offer timeless and affordable options.

Inspired by her native Uruguay, this pretty floral scarf is 100% silk. So it’s beautifully soft. Drape it across your shoulders in the evening or tie it at your neck and pair with a shirt dress for day. 

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