Today's post features one of my all-time favorite things - silk scarves! At this point it should come as no surprise that I love to collect and wear silk scarves more than any other accessory in my wardrobe.
As you've heard me say countless times, theres just something so classic and chic about silk scarves that I can't get enough of. Whether I'm wearing one in my hair, around my neck or on my handbag, I think theres rarely an outfit that can't be made better with the addition of a silk scarf. Beyond their beautiful prints and intricate designs, I think silk scarves are a wonderful way to update even your most basic pieces - allowing you to get more wear out of them without anyone being the wiser.
Needless to say, this love affair of silk scarves has translated into a small collection that I am excited to share with you now. Below, I've outlined each of the pieces that make up my collection along with where I purchased them so that you can find your perfect silk scarf too.
7 Small-Medium Square Silk Scarves
In total, I have 11 silk scarves - 7 of which are small-medium and square so let's start there.
First up, is the bright pink number you see to the left. I purchased this light, chiffon silk scarf at ABC Home & Carpet in the city and couldn't be happier with it. As you can see, it's a vibrant shade of pink and is made of the lightest chiffon so that it isn't uncomfortable to wear in the warmer weather.
Next up is a small Chanel scarf that I purchased at Century 21 a few years ago. I love this scarf for it's simplistic design and almost monochromatic feel. My favorite way to wear it is with a bold blouse so that the grey, black and white can really shine.
Along the same lines as the Chanel scarf are two great vintage Ralph Lauren polka-dot scarves that I purchased from a great seller on Etsy. The navy and cream polka-dot one is a lightweight chiffon silk that I love for the warmer months, and the cream and red one is heavier weight silk that I love to wear during the cooler months.
My next medium sized scarf is a lovely vintage one that I picked up on Etsy and love for it's unique design. What I love about this scarf is that despite the neutral color palette (navy, white, black, maroon) it features a whimsical print like this scarf that further enhances the whimsy of an already great piece.
My sixth scarf is another vintage Ralph Lauren that I also purchased on Etsy for a very reasonable price. This scarf, which has a lovely floral pattern is one of my favorites. The last of my medium sized scarves is another lightweight chiffon option from Etsy that features the loveliest nautical print - I found a similar one here. Beyond just the incredible nautical pattern, I love the vibrant but classic shades of red, green, white and blue.
4 Large Square Silk Scarves
For large silk scarves I have four options that I love. The first, is a classic olive green shade with timeless chainlink pattern (note: I recommend starting with a neutral colored, chainlink patterned scarf if you're just beginning your foray into silk scarves). I purchased this scarf from the now closed C.Wonder and have been incredibly pleased with the quality and design. Unfortunately, C.Wonder shuttered a bit ago and after making the move to QVC, their scarves are now made from polyester. That said, I encourage you to scour eBay if you're looking for one of their original iterations.
My next large scarf is by Tiffany and is one I purchased from TheRealReal.com - a wonderful online retailer of second-hand and vintage goods. Beyond their incredible array of inventory, TheRealReal also does a phenomenal job of vetting their goods and guaranteeing authenticity - which I love because it removes the burden from the seller.
Next up, is another Etsy buy and scarf that I wear constantly. This scarf (the "La Promenade De Longchamps") was my first Hermes purchase and has the most beautiful blue, gold, brown and green equestrian print. When I first became interested in silk scarves Hermes was unsurprisingly a brand that came up time and time again as the leader of the block and their scarves are undeniably gorgeous and well made.
That said though, Hermes scarves purchased at retail can be quite a bit of money to fork over for an accessory so I encourage you to shop second-hand. For this particular scarf I shopped eBay and was careful to purchase from a trusted seller and then authenticate the scarf myself before buying. I'm working on a post and video about how I second-hand and vintage shop so I'll stop there for now, but can't emphasize enough the importance of authenticating any designer purchase you make before you buy.
My last large silk scarf is also by Hermes (it's the "Le Jardin de Leila") and is another that I purchased from TheRealReal.com. As you can see in the picture above, this scarf features varying shades of blue on a white background. The final effect is the perfect amount of color for a neutral look and if you're looking for a scarf that you can wear with the most items I would recommend that you look for one with 1-2 main colors. That way, you can easily mix-and-match it until you become more comfortable with pattern and color mixing.
That's everything! Those are the 11 scarves that I'm lucky enough to have in my personal collection. If you're interested, I've also filmed a corresponding video which shows each scarf in more detail that you can view below. Also, I have linked some of my favorite silk scarves available now in case you're on the hunt for a great option to gift someone special or add to your own collection.
Before I go, I'd love to know if you have any silk scarves and what they look like. What are some of your favorite ways to wear them? Let me know in the comments down below and thank you for stopping by!