Summer Scarves: The Oxymoron We Can't Stop Wearing

August 4, 2008 by SheFindsChristine
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Yesterday's NY Times pointed out a street trend celebs have been embracing for a while now – summer scarves. But these trendy starlets have cranked it up a notch, opting for funky ethnic prints to keep their necks warm in the middle of a heat wave. 

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From Sienna, the Brit that brought bohemian chic back in '04 to Jessica Alba and the Olsens who bring us new trends each season, young celebs are all over these summer ethnic printed scarves. They're tossing it over one shoulder, tying it in a square knot, wrapping once around the neck, tripling it completely around their neck, rolling it in various ways, and even just letting it hang.

We recommend taking it a step further than just the boring old neck – wear your ethnic print scarves as head wraps (like Erika Badu), belts, headbands (a-la-Lauren Conrad), or – if it's big enough, as a halter or a wrap skirt. 

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This funky oversized indigo tie-dye fringed scarf ($34) is best worn draped loosely around your neck with the ends tied in front. The Ikat Print Scarf from Urban Outfitters ($28) is nice and light for summer – it's made of a sheer linen. Sport this over anything white and you've gone from drab to fab. Is your office a little more strict on dress code? Not to worry, Black House White Market makes this great short silk charmeuse scarf with a similar more sophisticated print for just $29.99.


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This lightweight ikat print scarf from Marks and Spencer ($24) is a fashionable finishing touch to your look for the summer. The Antik Batik Deborah Pareo/Scarf ($170) is long enough to be worn as a sarong, a wrap skirt, or a neck accessory. The Etro Animal Print Scarf ($610) is a soft and silky cashmere blend (best suited for those random cold or windy days) with metallic threads woven sporadically throughout for a luxurious allure. 


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The Lucky Brand Jeans' Bright Stripe Scarf ($42, was 84) is created with sari-print flair against bright stripes for a fabulously global look. The Diane von Furstenberg Bora Bora Tahitian Maze Scarf in Fuchsia is 100% silk with a hexagonal Tahitian-inspired print for $170. And the fuchsia Sir Alistair Rai women's woven cotton dupatta ($155) with crystal artwork says "Love" in crystals.


If you are joining the rest of us on our tribal vibe, you'll want to check out more ikat print fashions from SheFinds. 


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