Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Style Inspiration: The Silk Scarf

At the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Head scarf: Vintage. Sunglasses: In God We Trust. Blouse: Zara.

"When I wear a silk scarf I feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman." - Audrey Hepburn

Fall weather is upon us in NYC, and I'm missing the warmth of the sunny California road trip my boyfriend and I took last month. A versatile accessory that carries from summer into the fall, and one that I absolutely love, is the silk scarf. I like buying them at vintage stores, they can be such a steal (the one pictured above was $12).

Scarves -- specifically the square, silk variety -- really came to become a fashion accessory in the 19th and 20th centuries, with celebrities often acting as the trailblazers for popularizing the trend. The fashion house Hermès was one of the most popular brands for graphic silk scarves (Grace Kelly even used one as a sling) -- the first was designed in 1937. The accessory also served for practical uses -- in the 1940s, they were used by women working in munitions factories to keep their hair pulled back (à la Rosie the Riveter).

As with most of my fashion cues, I take them from old Hollywood. Below is a mix of old and new inspiration, for a look that is equal parts versatile, classic and chic.

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