If you have a taste for the finer things in life, then silk is a material that you will no doubt already be accustomed to. The beauty of silk scarves, in particular, is that their versatility can transcend seasons and be worn in many different ways to complement any look. And, with everything from must-have prints to pops of colour in 100% silk, you’re sure to find the perfect design for you.
The history of silk spans more than 5,000 years and in that time, it has been worn in a huge variety of ways, including legendary American actress Grace Kelly, who chose to wear her silk scarf as a sling. If you’re looking to do something similarly daring with your silk scarf, here are five styling tips to keep this delicate material looking fresh and modern, whatever the season.
How to Wear a Silk Scarf: Five Styling Tips
The infinity silk scarf
An infinity scarf is a simple, never-ending loop that is easy to tie and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Depending on its length, all you need to do is loop the scarf around your neck once or twice for an effortless injection of style.
A silk scarf is ideal for the springtime and can be perfectly paired with a lightweight jacket and pair of slim-fit jeans. It’s a good idea to match the colour of the scarf with one item of clothing to keep your outfit bright, breezy and on point.
The professional silk scarf
Pairing a silk scarf with your work outfit is a great way to add a pop of colour or pattern to an otherwise monochrome look. Just roll the scarf up and tie it around your neck so that both ends fall over the front of your dress or top.
It can be paired with a dress and blazer or v-neck sweater to give your outfit a mix of professionalism and class. When choosing your outfit, always pay close attention to your colour combinations. You don’t always have to go for bold patterns or shades to bring a work outfit to life, and even more muted designs can pop against the right backdrop, such as a crisp white shirt.
The silk scarf wrist wrap
The silk scarf wrist wrap is a great way to channel some boho vibes and add a trendy accent to your outfit. Tying a wrist wrap is easy – just fold a square silk scarf in half diagonally, twist it into a thin silhouette and wrap it twice around your wrist, securing it with a knot. Whether you tuck the ends up underneath the scarf or let them hang loose is completely up to you, but you’ll stand out, no matter which you opt for.
The silk headscarf
Create an impactful look that’s sure to attract attention with a silk headscarf. This is a simple but standout accessory that you can pair with just about any outfit to create a feminine look with minimal effort.
To tie your silk headscarf, grab two opposing corners of the scarf and fold them diagonally into a triangle. Then drape the scarf over your head, making sure that the long edge of the triangle is at the front. Finally, tie the two ends at the nape of the neck and let the loose ends hang freely down your bank.
The silk scarf belt
For many women, wearing a belt is more about accessorising than fit. If you’re prioritising form over function, turning a printed silk scarf into a loosely tied belt will add a layer of interest and colour to any outfit.
Tying a silk scarf belt couldn’t be easier. Just wrap it through your belt loops and knot it in front of off-duty denim or a plain white tee. Alternatively, wrap it around the waist of a billowy dress for an instant injection of chic.
Be Bold, Creative and Sustainable
The right silk scarf with its luxurious texture can instantly transform any ensemble. Whether it’s a sophisticated neck scarf or a boho wrist wrap, you’re sure to find a style that suits you.
Looking for some more silk scarf inspiration? Here are 10 more ways to style a silk scarf. And, if you’re fresh out of space for your burgeoning silk scarf collection, here’s how to clear out your wardrobe sustainably.