Wearing Summer Scarves

With a heat wave reprieve upon us, the idea of layering pieces no longer seems like an idea wrapped in a controversy, wrapped in a vest. And now that we’ve learned of yet another 60s revival come fall, it’s possible to embrace a summer scarf without prompting heat stroke. So with both fashion and function in mind, here’s how to make summer scarves yours without channeling too much autumn.

Kibosh the Length

Winter scarves are renowned for their length and bundling abilities, so with sunshine and heat surrounding us, the last thing you want is another substantial layer. Thus, this season, embrace the vintage scarf that fits snugly around the neck and works to create a 70s-esque knot at the side. That way, you’ll add character to an outfit without an abundance of material, while simultaneously dressing up a staple without drawing too much warmth.

Channel Katie Holmes’ look with H&M’s Patterned Scarf in Light Beige, $5.95. Available at H&M.


While the late 2000s saw beach-appropriate scarves that were sheer, solid and played it relatively safe, 2011 calls for bold prints with character that dress up neutrals and keep blouses interesting. Like Mary Tyler Moore did in the mid-1970s, you can pair short, printed scarves with a simple button-up to battle in-office air conditioning while also adding dimension to a basic. Just make sure not to go print overboard since two different prints so close together can make for mismatching in the worst possible sense.

Channel Kim Kardashian’s look with Coach’s Tatersall Painted Oblong Hand-Painted Scarf in Multicolour, $98. Available at Coach.

Lighten Up

Though you probably don’t need to be reminded, winter scarves are worn to retain warmth, and summer scarves are warn for no such purpose. So while you may love the eternity style of the previous two seasons, if you’re going to rock any extra fabric, make sure it’s light, airy and will under no circumstances increase your chances for heatstroke. So while a heavier cotton or waffle material may look great in September, August calls for something much more minimal.

Channel Rachel Bilson’s look with Zara’s Floral Scarf in Magenta, $39.90. Available at Zara.

The In-Between

Of course, just because you may be channeling the executive look of the 1970s at the office doesn’t mean you can’t keep after-hours interesting with a printed or oversize scarf. Worn with a simple tank top, t-shirt or even a slip dress, you can add necessary personality without donning a blazer or a sweater, and come the in-between nights of pre-autumn heat waves, you’ve found the perfect alternative to donning any unnecessary layers.

Channel Nicole Richie’s look with Hermes’ Printed Mors et Filets Silk Scarf in Pumpkin, $385. Available at Hermes.

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