Why the Neck Scarf Should Be Your Go-to Accessory This Summer

And my tips for styling it.

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Kate Spade rose printed scarf from Nordstrom

For off-the-shoulder tops and dresses, my go-to has always been a nice, dainty necklace or choker. But these days I reach for an accessory that is just as versatile, yet super unexpected. 

The neck scarf has been a fashion staple since the ’50s – but with new patterns and styles, it’s emerging as the go-to accessory of 2017.

Neck scarves are on the upswing right now — you still don’t see them often, although they’re increasing in popularity. I was a little intimidated by this look; partially because I was concerned for being mistaken for a flight attendant, and partially because it was a look far out of my comfort zone. 

Despite this, I had seen the look on many bloggers and decided to purchase this bandana from Madewell to try the trend. 

I fell in love – for such an inexpensive accessory, it adds a pop to any outfit. 

For women uneasy about this trend, I’ve included fool-proof tips to style this look – and look perfectly chic while doing it!

1. Know where to buy. 

Stores like Urban Outfitters, Madewell, and Etsy sell high-quality, affordable silk scarves, square scarves, and bandanas. You can find adorable, custom styles – all without breaking the bank (arguably the most important criteria on a college budget?) 

With such variety, it is easy to find a pattern you’ll fall in love with. 

Printed neck scarf

2. Keep it Simple

Unsure of how to style your new accessory? When in doubt, keep it simple. Dress up white jeans and a t-shirt with a silk scarf, and look effortlessly chic and put-together. Nothing says “I have my life together” like a neck scarf. Trust me. 

3. Go Off-The-Shoulder

The ultimate styling tip I have for the silk scarf? Go off-the-shoulder. The ultimate complement to an off-the-shoulder top is an equally adorable scarf tied around your neck. Necklaces and chokers? So mainstream. Be stunning – and unexpected – with this accessory. 

Dress – H&M / Bag – Forever 21 / Hoops – Forever 21 / Scarf – Madewell / Shoes – Steve Madden

4. Don’t Limit Yourself to Your Neck

Tie it around your wrist for a western feel, or dress up a leather bag with a tied silk scarf around the handle. It’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to customize the look of any outfit. 

While pom-poms and other bag accessories may be trendy at the moment, their price tags leave much to be desired. Keep it classy with a simple scarf instead. 

Star print scarf in black and white


How would you style a neck scarf? Are they vibrant and current, or stuck in the past? Let me know in the comments down below!

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