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Versatile & Chic: The Silk Scarf

One of the first Hermes Scarf Designs from 1937 shows women playing a period game

The modern silk scarf as we know it today, was conceptualised by the French fashion empire Hermes , who designed the first ready-to-wear graphic silk scarf in 1937. By the 1950's, silk scarves were a hit among the fashion elite. The material allowed for bright patterns and vivid, sharp details to be printed on them. Hermes grew in popularity as the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wore their scarves on the silver screen. Silk scarves became wardrobe staples for icons such as Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, and Bianca Jagger. The accessory soon gained popular appeal -- becoming a symbol of glamour, power, and independence.

"When I wear a silk scarf, I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman" - Audrey Hepburn

Silk scarves are the most versatile fashion accessory you could add to your wardrobe. Tie one around your neck for a classic, retro look, or tie it behind your neck to create a triangle look in the front. They can also be worn in your hair as headbands, bandana's or braided through your hair. Perhaps you're feeling adventurous, and want to tie one as a belt. Here are 6 classic ways to style your silk scarves:

1. The 'Forget me Knot'

2. Cruisin'

3. Belt it up

4. The Hepburn

5. Classic Knot

6. Dress it up `

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