Why You Should Be Tying a Dainty Scarf Around Your Neck

chic neck scarfYesterday, we eulogized about the brilliance of Marion Cotillard’s noir-inspired spread for Interview. The styling was spot on, do in large part to one very small detail — the black ribbon tied around her neck.

Through the years, the neck scarf, a.k.a. the neckerchief, has been a styling staple thanks to its distinct neo-vintage vibes. A simple accoutrement it may seem, but only does it elongate and accentuate your neck, it can top off an entire outfit. What’s more, it’s as easy as tying a knot.

Culturally speaking, the neckerchief touches on a multitude of motifs — including French waif, nautical sailor, Western rodeo, and rock ‘n’ roll bohemian. It all comes down to the scarf and how you tie it.

Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller wrote her own ode to the neck scarf back in December, associating the look with pop culture references such as Katherine HepburnIsadora Duncan, and The Pink Ladies. If you followed her #OOTD’s through New York Fashion Week, it was her favorite way to accessorize.

If you’re like us, you have a box full of silky scarves just waiting to see the light of the day, so why not give it a try? It could be your ladylike answer to the revival of the ’90s choker.

See some of our favorite styles, below:

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