How to Wear a Scarf Like a Street-Style Star

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If you haven’t noticed, everyone is dressing like they belong on a Gucci runway. Besides the crazy grandma glasses, brocade, and berets, there’s one other styling trick that’s trickled down to the masses: the scarf as the new necklace.

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As the days start to warm up, we’ve rounded up some colorful silk scarves to dress up any spring look. Keep scrolling to find five lively prints, plus tips on how to wear them.

If you’re feeling confused about how to wear silk scarves, first— there’s an app for that. And a truly simple way to start is to knot one behind your neck and let the ends blow in the wind like so.

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Though they’re not quite Breton stripes, the pattern on this colorful scarf is an easy way to add a graphic kick to your ensemble. Wear it tied behind your neck like a bandit and top it off with some extravagant earrings

Kate Spade New York square silk scarf, $58 at Nordstrom.

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Fans of Moschino’s Fashion Kills collection will love this subtle matchstick print from Club Monaco. Since it’s more muted than most, you can get away with pairing it with a louder ensemble, artfully draped around your neck.

Milargo crêpe de chine scarf, $90 at Club Monaco.

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Hermès scarves are undisputed classics for a reason. And the label offers a youthful print to match just about every mood. Try one of the pocket-square-size scarves for a tidy knot you can wear like a collar or a feminine bow — see Elena Pashchenko’s cowboy collar at Paris Fashion Week or this Gucci look for inspiration. It also works as a chic substitute for a key chain when tied around the handles of your favorite bag.


Hermès vintage bird print scarf, $446 at Farfetch.

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If you’re going all-in on this trend and you want to splurge, then go for the Gucci piece that kicked off this newfound obsession. Wear it draped and dangling under a blazer and add shiny loafers to complete the crazy-grandma vibe.


Gucci fringed printed silk scarf, $450 at Net-a-Porter.