Nod to the neckerchief

When a fabulous trend steadily gains popularity and I'm dying to try it out, it usually means that I'm doing a ton a research, seeing which brands are carrying it,  which versions I like most, and spending some amount of money to make it happen (I am currently, furiously researching both bomber jackets and black boots for fall). It's not everyday that a trend pops up that I love and I happen to have several amazing options sitting in my closet just waiting to be worn. This is exactly what happened with the neckerchief. 

My mother in law gifted me this gorgeous and incredibly colorful Hermes scarf literally years ago. It sat in my closet for more than two years before a I finally challenged myself to find a reason the wear it.  

This pink silk version has a similar, boring history of collecting dust in my closet for years--being a clothes hoarder is paying off! I bought this beauty by French designer Emanuel Ungaro at Century 21 when I first moved to the city over eight years ago. I had grand plans of wearing it like a bandana in my hair just like Carrie Bradshaw. I attempted to once many years ago. The silk slipped on my hair, and I looked ridiculous. Ever since, I didn't want to part with it, but I also haven't worn it...until now! 

What's interesting is how many pairings came out together for these two scarves. The Hermes is the definition of loud print. Conveniently, that's exactly what's needed with a head-to-tow neutral outfit. I also love mixing prints, usually pairing it with stripes.  

Scarves go so well with an otherwise dressed down look, adding a touch of fancy. This pink silk scarf is just enough pop of color to really pull together this black dress and Adidas Superstar combination. I've also seen neckerchiefs paired flawlessly with a plain white button down or even a sweatshirt.  The scarf acts just like a statement necklace but can add some variety and spice to your wardrobe.  In the case for this black dress pairing, a tiny bit more skin is showing than I'd like. I use the scarf as coverage and a nice balance to bare skin. Problem solved.  

The neckerchief has broken all season barriers as well. I've worn my own through spring and summer. The material is light and airy in the summer and did not come off as overdone. In fact, it kept my hair off my neck on one of the most humid days, which was a welcome bonus.  My MIL was so thrilled that I finally wore the Hermes and inspired my embracing the neckerchief trend that she recently gifted me a Burberry scarf from her collection. I'm itching for the fall weather to be here only to finally be able to style a power outfit or two around this gorgeous Burberry scarf! 

Hermes neckerchief outfit breakdown:

  • Striped tee:  Express (same one in different colors for $14.90.  A striped option from J.Crew for $34.50)
  • Girlfriend Jeans:  Express (same pair now on sale for $52.80!)
  • Criss cross sandals:  Guess (another blue heel option by United Nude for $319 or a great criss cross straps option by Club Monaco for $298) 

Emanuel Ungaro neckerchief outfit breakdown:

  • Black T-Shirt dress:  Gap (Similar, longer version also by Gap for $59.95.  Another option with a leather pocket detail by J.Crew Factory for $59.50
  • Sneakers:  Adidas Superstars (available for $79.95 at Nordstorm)

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