Ladylike Accessories – The Silk Scarf

Ladylike accessories will take your outfit to the next level. Silk scarves are underrated in the style world, yet extremely well respected. They instantly give an impression of class and elegance since they are associated with older woman, but they make younger women seem both mature and sophisticated. The best part about them is that they’ll instantly make any outfit look upscale without having the break the bank. They can be found easily and affordably, especially if you borrow one from your Grandma.

The silk scarf is very versitle and can be styled many different ways. Today I will be showing five different uses for the silk scarf. The the scarves I’m using range from Nordstrom to a thrift store find.

Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 9.59.44 PM A longer silk scarf looks great tied around the neck. You can tie it how you’d normally tie a scarf, but I prefer letting the knot hang down a little further. You can add a delicate necklace to add even more interest to an otherwise plain turtleneck.


Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 10.00.09 PMUnder a collard shirt in place of a necklace gives the outfit a smart, equestrian-inspired look that will catch the eyes of those around you.


Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 10.00.19 PMThere are many ways to wear a scarf in your hair from tying a smaller scarf around a pony tail to tying the scarf around your head and under the chin for a retro look. One of my favorite ways is to use it in place of a headband as it adds more color and gives me less of a headache than a regular headband.


Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 10.00.27 PMTying a shorter scarf around the neck and pushing it off to the side gives your outfit an adorable, retro style that will have strangers approaching you with compliments. (probably elderly women, but that’s ok!) I prefer this look during the summer with a sleeveless top. If there’s too much layering, you may end up looking like a airline attendant.


mg_5981Tying it around an otherwise plain purse adds some extra elegance to the look. I found this photo from this blog and found it best represented the class that’s added from a simple scarf.

Where can you purchase a silk scarf? You can find them at department stores, and Ralph Lauren always offers great bridle prints, but my favorite way to shop them is second hand vintage. Sometimes they may be a poly-blend, which is still great for the look, but many are 100% silk. I paid $1 at a thrift store for the one in my hair above, and it has served me very well. Here are three fantastic choices from Etsy that are all under $25:

1960’s Scarf $16

1980’s Fun Golf Print $18.21

1980’s Ralph Lauren Dot Scarf $22 (my favorite)

Stay tuned this week for two more ladylike accessories to set you apart.


4 Comments on Ladylike Accessories – The Silk Scarf

  1. Julie
    November 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Robin,

    Thanks for this post! You’re so elegant and one of my style icons. I’m going to try tucking a silk scarf into an oxford- great tip! Do you think it’s OK to wear a silk scarf in the wintertime?


    • thedressdecoded
      November 18, 2014 at 12:06 am (9 years ago)

      That might be the best compliment I’ve ever received! 🙂
      Silk scarves are appropriate year round depending on the color scheme. I have a pastel one I save for spring, nautical one for summer, and a burgundy/navy one I wear in the fall/winter. If it’s neutral I think it’s appropriate any time of year!

  2. Michaela
    November 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a silk scarf from my grandma and thank you for showing me how to style it! You look amazing!

    I’m giving away an Ace & Ivy monogrammed rain jacket! Enter here!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

    • thedressdecoded
      November 18, 2014 at 12:04 am (9 years ago)

      Thank you, I really appreciate it. Can’t wait to see you style it!


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