Why the Neck Scarf Should Be Your Go-to Accessory This Summer

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And my tips for styling it.

For off-the-shoulder tops and dresses, my go-to has always been a nice, dainty necklace or choker. But these days I reach for an accessory that is just as versatile, yet super unexpected. 

The neck scarf has been a fashion staple since the ’50s – but with new patterns and styles, it’s emerging as the go-to accessory of 2017.

Neck scarves are on the upswing right now — you still don’t see them often, although they’re increasing in popularity. I was a little intimidated by this look; partially because I was concerned for being mistaken for a flight attendant, and partially because it was a look far out of my comfort zone. 

Despite this, I had seen the look on many bloggers and decided to purchase this bandana from Madewell to try the trend. 

I fell in love – for such an inexpensive accessory, it adds a pop to any outfit. 

For women uneasy about this trend, I’ve included fool-proof tips to style this look – and look perfectly chic while doing it!

1. Know where to buy. 

Stores like Urban Outfitters, Madewell, and Etsy sell high-quality, affordable silk scarves, square scarves, and bandanas. You can find adorable, custom styles – all without breaking the bank (arguably the most important criteria on a college budget?) 

With such variety, it is easy to find a pattern you’ll fall in love with. 

2. Keep it Simple

Unsure of how to style your new accessory? When in doubt, keep it simple. Dress up white jeans and a t-shirt with a silk scarf, and look effortlessly chic and put-together. Nothing says “I have my life together” like a neck scarf. Trust me. 

3. Go Off-The-Shoulder

The ultimate styling tip I have for the silk scarf? Go off-the-shoulder. The ultimate complement to an off-the-shoulder top is an equally adorable scarf tied around your neck. Necklaces and chokers? So mainstream. Be stunning – and unexpected – with this accessory. 

Dress – H&M / Bag – Forever 21 / Hoops – Forever 21 / Scarf – Madewell / Shoes – Steve Madden

4. Don’t Limit Yourself to Your Neck

Tie it around your wrist for a western feel, or dress up a leather bag with a tied silk scarf around the handle. It’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to customize the look of any outfit. 

While pom-poms and other bag accessories may be trendy at the moment, their price tags leave much to be desired. Keep it classy with a simple scarf instead. 

Thoughts? 

How would you style a neck scarf? Are they vibrant and current, or stuck in the past? Let me know in the comments down below!

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