I’ve always been envious of anybody who was able to pull off the neckerchief. I never figured out how to work it into my personal style — it seemed too rockabilly, matronly, or cutesy no matter how hard I tried. There was also the dilemma of my neck being more donkey- than swan-like. It was never a feature I particularly wanted to accentuate.
But, that all changed recently! I was in front of a mirror, struggling with a headband look, and had temporarily let the tied scarf rest around my neck as I fixed some bobby pins when I realized that it looked pretty darn cute with my plain white t-shirt. The next few days, I tried the scarf choker look with a button-down, an off-the-shoulder dress ... any neckline that needed just a little more flare. I was appalled by the fact that I had shunned this look for so long! What had changed ... besides my age? Oh man, does this work now because I’m old?
To the contrary. The neckerchief made me look younger and more playful! They made me seem more put-together (as most accessories do). They framed my face and were even flattering on my thick-ish neck. What had changed were the scarves! The last time I had tried the look, scarves were stuck in the land of drab colors and stale florals. These days, scarves come in every print, pattern, and palette possible and it’s absolutely fabulous. Try these on for size.
Madewell Washed Bandana
This cotton bandana is a classic that you will want to keep forever and wear always. It's simply effortless.
New Friends Colony Hard Rock Studded Scarf
Here is a great way to test out the neckerchief look without having to watch a dozen Youtube videos on how to tie a neckerchief!
Evening Blooms Bandana
Nice and big, this one is a good one to stick in your purse in case you encounter a breezy end-of-summer or early-fall evening.
Floral Medley Silk Neckerchief
Nobody delivers a fun print like Liberty London. Look at these colors! This scarf will literally match anything.
Rebecca Minkoff Studded Floral Bandana
Simple, elegant, and perfect for fall. The sateen finish on this silk scarf make it a classy affair. The dots are actually a floral print.
Polka Dot Skinny Scarf
Polka dots: We can't live without them! Here is another easy one to tie.
Echo Dotty Silk Square Bandana Scarf
Two tones for the price of one! Simple neutrals that go with everything.
Paisley Silky Mini Square Scarf
Sometimes, you just want to go with a good-ol' paisley handkerchief. But skip the traditional primary colors and go for a sophisticated maroon instead.
Kate Spade Heart Skinny Scarf
Oh, aren't you sweet? Kate Spade, we'll love you forever!
Bershka Pleated Floral Neckscarf
For when you're not quite done with pastels yet. This one is great tied in the back so you get some extra pleat action in the front.
Kenzo Striped Logo Scarf
This bold repeat logo scarf is an easy way to add pop and circumstance to any outfit. It's also elegant enough to wear with formal wear.
Gucci Floral & Tiger Print Silk Neck Scarf
...because a girl can dream. This 100% silk skinny scarf is printed with a watercolor by French artist Nathalie Lété. Ugh! C'est so extremely magnifique!
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