Styling A Vintage Silk Scarf

I found this scarf at a vintage sale last week. It was 50p. It's silk, and what I loved about it, besides my instant attraction to its bright colours, is that it is actually representative of Stornoway on the Scottish Isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides, where I had a brilliant trip last year with my husband, dog, and a few friends.  This would have likely been somebody's souvenir scarf from a trip to the highlands in days gone by. It's even signed by the artist, albeit I can't make heads or tails of the signature.

But now it's mine. Historically,  I've never really been a great scarf person. I was the generation who felt that scarves were for our grandmothers, and that a really great way to add ten years to a look was to wear a scarf with it. But I'm coming around. When I think about it, I've always liked the way a wide scarf looks wrapped around the hair, as above, but have always felt that it was just a bit too much adjusting and re-tying as I went about my day. But I am changing my ways. I am learning to style scarves like the grown-up that I supposedly am. Here are just a few of the ways I have utilized this scarf in the short time that I've had it.

What about you? Are you a scarf person? How do you like to style your scarves?

The Stuff

Vintage silk scarf: check out Etsy and Ebay for similar treasures
Sunglasses: Boots
Earrings: Honora
Handbag: Dooney & Bourke
Green t-shirt: Old Navy


  1. One of the challenging things about acquiring a scarf is that sometimes the overall pattern/design isn't as attractive as the scarf when you wear it and all the colors are jumbled up.

    I'd most likely not buy a souvenir scarf like that, but it looks good when you've styled it.

  2. I am so bad with scarves you'd think I had no brain. I just don't know what to do with them and I have vowed to change that this year! I think you look very Euro-chic-party girl in these so I wouldn't worry about the whole "Granny vibe" thing ;-)

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  3. Ooh, fab scarf! You've successfully avoided the "grandmother" effect. :-)

  4. I'm more of a woolly scarf person but increasingly find myself wearing lighter versions too. Have a lovely green camo scarf I've been wearing a lot recently. Love the first photo - very Jackie O!

  5. Great idea. I never know what to do with scarfs.
    Have a good Monday.

  6. Yes, I love these classic silky scarves! I like them knotted around the handle of a bag but also in a traditional way around my neck (twice/short).
    I need to try out wearing a scarf as a belt!

    Lady of Style

  7. Love scarves! I have quite a collection, from the small square ones to a huge woolen one which I use when I travel. I can't have enough of them. A lot of the students I work with from China bring them to me as gifts when they visit their home country. I use them as accents in place of necklaces plus they keep me warm during winter in the mid-west( I live in Wisconsin and being a Sconnie yourself, I'm sure you can relate).

  8. I love how you wear this scarf, it looks so good on you! I wear one on my bag, my mom wears them on her head, but neither of us have tried as a belt. So CUTE!!! And the yellow is great!
    xox ~Chloe @

  9. I'm in a scarf phase again. They are such an easy way to add another layer to your look. This scarf was a real find and you've found some great uses for it. Sorry I'm so long getting back to you. My spam catcher caught your comment and I just found it and rescued it today! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again. Debbie @

  10. Following you on Bloglovin now. I always hate to lose a blog after I've found it! Debbie @

  11. i always love adding a scarf to my bag! Xo Megan,

  12. I'm like you in that I can't get on with those traditional silk square things. I like them on other people (your one is cute!).

    Since being in England I've gotten very into long oblong wool scarves/ shawls in winter and lighter cotton/chiffony type things in summer (as it's still often chilly). I tend to just wrap them twice around my neck and be done with it.

  13. Oh, how fun! I also don't love square scarves, but you've definitely inspired me to give them a try!


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