vintage essential patterned silk scarf on white background

Photography_ Jon Ervin / Styling_ Gabrielle Marceca / Text_ Hanna Canham

Tied around the neck, wrapped around the head, knotted on your handbag, even worn as a bandeau top or belted as a sarong, the Silk Scarf is as versatile as it is essential. From ancient Egypt, to iconic Hermès as early as 1937, to a defining feature of Jackie Kennedy’s 1960s style. 

Look for antique-1930s scarves for subtle florals or embroidered designs, the 1960s for bold and abstract prints from the likes of Pierre Cardin or Vera Neumann, the 1970s for stripes or bohemian paisleys, or the 1990s for more grungy florals, modern monograms, or checks. For the ultimate investment you can search for a unique Hermès printed scarf from the 1940s until today. 

Brands to look for: Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Pierre Cardin, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Yves Saint Laurent, Vera Neumann.

Key decades: Antique-1930s for subtle florals, 1960s-1970s bold, abstract prints or 1990s paisleys and florals. 

Fabrics: Silk

Colors: Neutral, white and black to make it easy or a bold print if it suits your style. 

Style notes: Choose a print that you love and make it your everyday accessory.







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