Let’s talk summer accessories, today.
More specifically, summer accessories that won’t cost you a fortune, which is really a godsend during these oppressively hot months. I don’t know about you, but I practically live in sun dresses this time of year so anything I can do to spice things up a bit, so to speak, with my look, whether that’s with a great pair of earrings or statement sunnies, I’m all for it. The past few weeks, I’ve been digging up all my old silk scarves (some vintage, some from companies like Victoria Ragna, some pseudo-vintage, aka Zara) and I’ve been playing around with different ways to wear them in my hair — fancying myself a leading lady in a 1960s Hitchcock thriller, I suppose.
Naturally, I figured the best way to take style notes here was to look to some of my favorite leading ladies themselves and how they best rocked a silk scarf or two over the years in their respective roles.
I’ve also rounded up a collection of my favorite silk scarves around the internet these days — new and vintage alike — so keep scrolling if you’re looking to add a few to your lineup the next time you hop in a convertible and need to keep your hair in place, a la Grace Kelly style.
The Gwyneth Paltrow Ponytail Scarf
So pretty much every summer, I rewatch The Talented Mr. Ripley at some point. And pretty much every summer, I immediately want to book another trip to Italy so I can hop on and off boats along the Amalfi coast — and Gwyneth’s character Marge is largely to blame for this. Well, Marge’s outfits that is.
Set in the 1950’s, but filmed in the 90’s, there are so many stylistic notes that are just so RIGHT NOW (hello puff sleeve peasant tops, cat eye sunnies and high waisted skirts with crop tops). But it’s this exact outfit that kills me every time. The tie front blouse, midi skirt, wedge espadrille and a simple little scarf ponytail holder in her hair — perfect for a gelato date.
To pull this look off, you have some options here. I like using larger, square scarves folded in half and wrapped in on itself, before tying in my hair, which makes for a more dramatic, longer look. You can also opt for a smaller, daintier scarf for a more 1950s, sock hop look.