Neckerchief or neck scarf: whatever you call it, this accessory is firmly back in style, says WGSN’s Ángela María Díez
Some trends come and go, cyclically, but most of them just hide silently in our closets waiting for another chance to live again, refusing to be thrown away, because deep inside we truly know they are just too cool to disappear, like neckerchiefs.
Last time we checked these squares of fabric worn around the neck were a fashionable item during past February runways such as House of Holland, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Thomas Tate and Ashley Williams (confirmed by WGSN as a staple for the current season and highlighted on the Governors ball’s street style report), but before that, they had a major moment from Rodarte to Miu Miu FW 2013/14 collections, reminiscing the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
From Parisian chic to urban cowgirls, the styling frame for neckerchiefs is pretty wide and now it’s time to explore it again. Lightweight bandanas and silk handkerchiefs are being tied around girls’ (and boys) necks as a transition garment in between seasons but mainly as a statement piece and the epitome of Parisian effortless style. It is amazing how just a simple square of cloth worn round the neck can make such a difference on an outfit and how everyone can pull this simple style off.
Whether worn over classic Breton tops, unbuttoned white or denim shirts or gingham prints, together with minimal necklaces, matching a sweater, wrapped twice or simple Boy Scout-style for a more masculine outcome, neck scarves are officially happening again, and we love it.
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