Fashion with history: Scarves through the ages

Scarves are, without a doubt, the “extra” accessory. They are meant for adding warmth or adding a pop of color to your wardrobe. But, back in the days of old Hollywood glamour, the sleek, silk scarf reigned supreme.

Two of my favorite actresses from the big screen, Audrey Hepburn and Debbie Reynolds, owned the silk scarf look. Audrey often donned them over her head as well as around her perfect porcelain neck. Debbie did the same. And, while their clothes were simply divine, the simple addition of a plain black or a pretty pattern scarf sent the look to another level of elegance and sophistication.

It took me a while to realize how versatile scarves can be, but Pinterest how-tos have really come in handy these days. It’s high time everyone jump back on this scarf trend band wagon. They’re funky, cute and did I mention stylish? Because they are. Plus, vintage scarves can be found almost anywhere, seriously.

The few I own were bought at garage sales and local antique stores. Second-hand buying breathes new life of fashion into these little gems. The small blue and white scarf is just the right size to wear as a headscarf or around my neck for added flair.

My black scarf is my favorite due to its ode to the Sunshine State. The pattern includes oranges, flamingos and other funky Florida symbols. It also inspired me to find as many state scarves as I can, inspiring me to purchase this Colorado scarf. It’s super colorful, for one, but I also love the iconic images that are synonymous with the state.

The fashion trend of scarves may have a broad history, but each scarf tells a story of its own. So don’t call them a comeback. They’ve been here for years, waiting to be worn.

Shelby is a twenty-something, residing along the Emerald Coast, enjoying the sugar white sands with an umbrella drink in-hand. She takes the time to enjoy film and music, as well as fashion and beauty trends when her wallet isn't empty.