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The Best Silk Scarves

by Gemma Lavers |
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As far as accessories go, it doesn't get more elegant, more 'dolce vita', if you will, than a silk scarf. If you feel like you've seen silk scarves everywhere as of late, that's because you probably have. Celebrities like Hailey Bieber, Rihanna, and now Beyoncé have all been spotted wearing a silk scarf, and we're calling it the most versatile accessory of the summer.

The last time silk scarves were trending was all the way back in the 40s and 50s, where head scarves were the epitome of old-school Hollywood glamour, loved by icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. In the words of Hepburn herself, she famously said 'when I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.' We couldn't agree more.

There's something quite charming about a scarf. Beyoncé certainly gets the appeal as she made her Instagram comeback (after a month-long break) wearing a monochrome silk scarf around her head complete with Miu Miu cat eye sunglasses, looking like she'd just stepped off a yacht (let's be honest, she probably had).

If you're in the midst of packing and are staring at your woven sun hat, thinking 'how am I going to fit this in my suitcase?' The answer might lie in a wonderfully flat silk scarf.

Your next question might be 'how on earth do I style a silk scarf'. Luckily, there are a plethora of ways, and we've taken notes from the A-list to give you a step-by-step guide on the best way to wear the trending accessory.

How to style a silk scarf

On your head

In true Beyoncé style, to fix your silk scarf over your head (or cap if you're a cool-girl), drape it over your head, tie it under your chin or at the nape of your neck and leave the ends flutter in the breeze. The silk scarf will add an air of sophistication and protect your hair from the elements. Plus, it's the perfect way to hide a bad hair day.

The Best Silk Scarves

Around your neck

We all know that Sofia Richie Grainge's Instagram is the place you want to head for any old-money outfit inspiration. The key to tying a silk scarf around your neck is in the knot - not too tight, not too loose, just enough to fool people into thinking you just threw it on. Pair a delicate, patterned scarf with fairly neutral items, like a crisp white shirt and tailored blazer, and let all eyes be on the scarf.

The Best Silk Scarves

As a bandana

Channelling equal parts boho-chic and retro rockstar, a silk scarf can also be styled as a bandana. Fold the silk square into a triangle and tie it at the back of your head. It's the perfect way to tame your hair, add a pop of colour, and give a nod to the free-spirited 70s without looking like you've time travelled straight from Woodstock. See also: Ayo Edebiri rocking one throughout the latest series of The Bear.

The Best Silk Scarves
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Attach it to your bag

Your trusty handbag might be reliable, but also a little predictable. So wrap a colourful silk scarf around the handle, or let it flutter from the strap and turn the functional accessory into a statement piece. It's the perfect way to infuse some personality and panache into your outfit, whether you're sporting a minimalist tote, chic clutch, or an Hermès Birkin.

The Best Silk Scarves
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Tie it around your ponytail

If you've pulled your hair back in a sleek or messy ponytail and you find something's missing, knot a silk scarf around it. It'll give your updo an effortless sense of glamour.

The Best Silk Scarves
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So whether you're looking to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn, add a touch of Parisian chic to your outfit, or simply keep your hair in check on a breezy day, we've got you covered with the best silk scarves - literally.

Shop: The Best Silk Scarves

Anthropologie Geometric Print Hair ScarfAnthropologie

If you're new to the world of silk scarves and you don't know what size to invest in, or whether you'll even like it once it's on, this one from Anthropologie is a good place to start. It's reasonably priced and features a relatively tame design that shouldn't be too hard to style.

Whistles Sahar S Monogram Silk ScarfWhistles

Hand-drawn and made in the UK, this scarf feels timeless thanks to its design. Plus, it can be styled in so many different ways; from adding it to your bag to knotting it in your hair.

Prada Branded Graphic-Print Twill ScarfSelfridges

This 100% twill scarf from designer brand Prada features a stunning all-over print of black, blue, brown and cream triangles, of course, as a nod to the iconic Prada logo.

Aspinal Of London Hot Air Balloon Graphic-Print Silk ScarfSelfridges

For a silk scarf with a vibrant design, you're going to need this one from Aspinal Of London. Granted, it's unlikely the print will match everything in your wardrobe, but it's sure to make a statement when worn.

Oliver Bonas Mermaid Palm Square Lightweight Neck ScarfOliver Bonas

If you're off on your travels and have a Euro summer planned, make sure you're packing a silk scarf to either keep your hair back, or keep the sun off your head. Oliver Bonas' scarf offering is one of the best, and features a gorgeous under-the-sea inspired theme.

John Lewis Silk Stripe Small Square Scarf John Lewis
Price: £17.50 (was £35)

If you're on the hunt for a silk scarf that looks a little bit like an optical illusion, this one from John Lewis is perfect. With a retro design and a square shape, tie this scarf around your shoulders, in your hair, or onto your bag for a chic look.

Jacquemus Le Bandana Pesco Silk ScarfHarvey Nichols

Perhaps the most playful silk scarf on the list, Jacquemus' offering is everything you want a scarf to be; fun, vibrant and effortlessly cool. Style this one with a relatively monotone outfit so the scarf really stands out.

Main image credit: Instagram/@beyonce

Gemma Lavers is a Fashion Writer at Bauer Media, writing for brands like Grazia, heat and Closer. Gemma specialises in all things clothing and enjoys outfit planning (especially for holidays), scrolling social media for the next trend and shopping (probably for a new coat).

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