Retro-style fashion has reached its apogee: scarves – a symbol of femininity in the 1950s-1960s – are once again gaining the status of a trendy accessory. Not so long ago it was believed that expensive silk scarfs can save any image and, moreover, turn its owner into a real royal person. Today, the significance of this accessory is not less than in the 60’s.

None other than the icons of their time – Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, proved by their own example, that silk head scarves and shawls are an integral part of women’s wardrobe. It was they who made the scarf a recognizable trend of their time. Since the 50’s scarves have begun to gain rapid popularity. At that time, short haircuts were at the peak of popularity, and a scarf could favorably emphasize the hair and protect it from gusts of wind. And the silk scarf became one of the most desirable accessories.

Silk scarves occupied a special place in the wardrobe of the main fashionistas of the 1960s. For example, Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe preferred to go out in trouser suits, tying a silk scarf on their heads in babushka style and complementing the elegant image with large sunglasses. Brigitte Bardot and Jane Fondi liked to carelessly wrap a headscarf around their heads and throw the ends of the silk accessory behind their backs.

The silk scarf became a symbol of luxury – it was actively worn by celebrities and royalty. For example, Elizabeth II still happily ties it like a scarf, and Grace Kelly, already a Princess of Monaco, used a silk scarf as a locking bandage after she had broken her arm. Silk scarves became widespread in the 60’s and 70’s, becoming a symbol of freedom, which was contributed to by actresses from Brigitte Bardot to Faye Dunaway. Silk scarf has long been an invariable attribute of the image of the mythical Parisian woman, who easily ties a silk scarf on a bag and goes to breakfast with a croissant – advertising campaigns are still working tirelessly to support this legend.

The silk scarf was considered an outdated accessory, but in the 2000s – early 2010s, this accessory returned to fashion. So scarves began to appear in street style reports of bloggers, the image of a silk scarf has been updated and its status of “must have” is back.

How to wear scarves and shawls in 2021

Scarf, tied under the chin

This is the most common image, which Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth II adored at various times. In 2021, a scarf, tied on the chin became the decoration in Dolce Gabbana collection:

and Max Mara:

Hollywood chic

We slightly modernize the previous method by tying the ends of the scarf around the neck. We leave loose “tongues” of the fabric on the back of the head or hide it under the collar. To complete the look – sunglasses and a “Hollywood” smile. This technique can be seen at the Max Mara show:


Headbands are at the peak of trends this season. Tie a scarf as a headband. This option is perfect for a resort or beach holiday. The house of Christian Dior at the 2021 show presented how you can beautifully tie a scarf in the form of a headband:


Tying a headscarf in the form of a bandana is another fashionable trick in 2021. House Versace at the show in 2021 suggests wearing a headscarf like this:

Kerchief on the head

It echoes the bandana trend. Our grandmothers also loved to tie kerchiefs on the back of their heads “like a peasant” so that their hair would not get in the way and would not get dirty. And in general, it is very convenient and practical for every day. Today we see a similar style at Marc Jacobs. Please, note that a trendy headscarf can complement not only everyday, but also party looks.

The House of Christian Dior showed the same trend, tying a hippie-style headscarf at its shows:

And also Max Mara:

The House of Chanel in its 2021 collections suggests wearing a scarf on a belt instead of a belt, as well as draped over a jacket in a free style:

House Hermes suggests wearing a small scarf or kerchief tied tightly around the neck: