I am about to divulge the tale of a lost love rediscovered.
It was a 90-degree summer day when I ravaged through the cave of wardrobe wonders known as the top drawer of my dresser. The heat rendered most of the blouses in my closet useless, which brought me before the handle of the drawer with an eagerness and desperation of a fashionista hoping for something, anything to work with!
That was when I found a treasure trove of silk scarves! Scarves I had thrifted and retrieved from my mother’s ‘90s stash all in one place and seen in a new light! Their breathtaking designs were meant to be showcased in greater detail than simply folding them into neckwear. And so, the scarf-tube top was born and has now been a recurring go-to for my summer style.
Now, I’m sure you’ve seen the trend on Instagram by every blogger and her Instagram bestie. Who What Wear and The Zoe Report’s articles on the trend have even cemented the scarf-top as the it-girl fad of the summer, but first and foremost…you may have seen it on my Instagram.
While I cannot prove that I started the trend, I have to take a second to establish that I did indeed wear it before the trend exploded on Instagram (May 14, 2019. The earliest documentation I have found was late May, thank you very much!).
Well…I digress. If you are eager to jump on this trend, I am here to show you three ways to make it chic and wearable!
1. Blue Jean Baby, LA Lady
This look was the remedy for a day where I wanted to look photo ready without the fuss! The jewel tones of this equestrian-themed scarf makes it photograph very well and contrast beautifully with a light-wash pair of retro Levi jeans. I wore this look to the Dior Backstage Pop-up in LA a few months ago with a pair of Coach two-toned pumps. Definitely a look for the Blue Jean Baby, LA Lady of Summer 2019.
2. The Lady in Red
What I have always loved about the silk scarf is that it is an inanimate storyteller. When unfolded to its full size the silk square bears an image or a kaleidoscope of symbols that say something about the artisan or the wearer. This one tells the story of a vintage Roman holiday, as it features landmarks of the Italian capital, lined with gold detailing and a red backdrop. I tucked the rouge accessory-turned blouse with a red wool skirt (both my mother’s from back in the day), a Versace Medusa hair clip and white shoes that accentuated my wine-colored pedicure. A scarf as vibrant as this one will make for ‘la dolce vita!’
3. Couture and Culottes
The traditional Burberry plaid is easily recognizable and harder to find these days with the recent modernized shift on the brand Burberry Creative Director, Riccardo Tisci has spearheaded. That to me is a win, because it gives the classical motif an old-fashioned feel. To pick up on the rustic-red lines in the plaid, I paired the top with my burnt-orange culottes reminiscent of the ‘70s and a pair of metallic, bejeweled slides courtesy of my grandmother!
Being the vintage soul that I am, I couldn’t help but wonder (insert Carrie Bradshaw voice here) where did the fashion world’s fascination with the silk scarf begin? Was it the ‘30s when Hermes claimed it as its iconic emblem, or the ‘50s when we saw the likes of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn dawn the accessory around their heads while being windswept in a convertible? Nope, it goes back even further!
The Victorian period was when the silk scarf became the female standard for aristocracy in Western culture, according to CR Fashion book. Today, we fashion girls classify ourselves as such with a silk scarf. It’s not about classicism, it’s an attitude, a way of life. It’s summer 2019 but make it fashion.
What is your favorite silk scarf in your collection and why?
Keeping it Krischic,
Keeping it Krischic,
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