Silk Scarf How To

Lucy O'Connor of Blush & Bordeaux wearing a silk scarf and coat by J. Crew

If you’re like me, you like to keep abreast of fashion trends – what’s coming in, what’s going out & what new takes on interesting pieces are cropping up. One photo I pinned what seems like a millennia ago (when it was still t-shirt & shorts weather in Sydney no less!) was this one of a girl wearing bright coloured silk scarf with a Breton tee. French perfection. I definitely wanted to add a silk scarf or two into my outfits when autumn & winter rolled around but with an accessory that’s been fairly out of vogue for a while (albeit with the odd iteration of a silk scarf wrapped around the handles of a tote bag), the square silk scarf was a little bit mysterious to me in terms of styling. So I simply decided to knot it & go for my first outing with one.

Lucy O'Connor of Blush & Bordeaux wearing a J. Crew coat and scarf, Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties and Michael Kors crossbody

Lucy O'Connor of Blush & Bordeaux wearing a J. Crew coat and scarf, Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties and Michael Kors crossbody 2

This scarf is an absolutely gorgeous burgundy silk from J. Crew which I unwittingly bought about a year ago to be honest when it popped up in their sale section not even thinking that silk scarves would pop up on my radar a year later! I personally love to wear it in a very nonchalant, almost afterthought way to brighten up an outfit that’s heading towards monochromatic territory like this one with the light grey coat & light, striped button down.

Lucy O'Connor of Blush & Bordeaux wearing a J. Crew coat and scarf, Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties and Michael Kors crossbody 3

Lucy O'Connor of Blush & Bordeaux wearing a J. Crew coat and scarf, Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties and Michael Kors crossbody 4

The easiest way to replicate this is to fold your scarf diagonally then roll it up a little bit so you won’t have too much of a triangle hanging at the back. Then simply loop it around your neck & tie in a double knot in front! I prefer to have it inside my shirt collar – I think having it outside the collar would look very Seventies, which you’re probably not aiming for (unless you are, then go for it girlfriend!). It’s really that easy! Pair a patterned scarf with an outfit that doesn’t involve too many other patterns but feel free to pair a scarf like this one (small pattern but only two collars) with a striped shirt like I have. The two different patterns bounce off each other & don’t compete as they’re both understated. I’d love to know if you’re into silk scarves – let me know in the comments!

Lucy O'Connor of Blush & Bordeaux wearing a J. Crew coat and scarf, Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman booties and Michael Kors crossbody 5

{Coat: J. Crew old (similar), Shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren, Jeans: Gap, Booties: Sam Edelman, Crossbody: Michael Kors, Silk scarf: J. Crew old (similar), Lipstick: Hourglass in ‘Icon’}