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Silk scarves are back. Here are some tips for how to wear this popular accessory. 2022 NZ

Although the scarf has endured for centuries as a symbol and a cultural artifact, its role in western popular culture has evolved as a fashion accessory over time.

According to history, the head scarf was first used by Queen Nefertiti in 1350 BC, when she wore it as a barrier to keep her jewelled headpieces from slipping off her scalp.

Men and women have worn scarves for centuries for practical, cultural, and religious reasons. During World War I, scarves were a practical way for soldiers to keep warm in the trenches, and many were knitted. However, high-ranking officers still wore silks and used them to transport gunpowder since it did not leave behind ash when burned. 

Between 1917 and 1918, 5 million square yards of silk were shipped to the US war department per month, and when the war ended, they suddenly had a surplus of silk. This lead to the silk scarf being reintroduced into the fashion world by Hermès and other brands.

Until recently, silk scarves were associated with Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn and, for long periods, they symbolised wealth and the elite. Because of this, they became inaccessible to many and they fell out of circulation except for a small group.

Despite that, scarves thrived on red carpets and high streets in the early to mid-2000s. Four main categories emerged as a result of the fabrics and styles: bandanas, skinny necklace scarves, chunky infinity scarves, and emo plaid scarves.

While there were combinations of styles, they fit more or less into one of these categories until they just fell out of fashion like many other styles during that time period.

However, what are the implications for us today? Should we wear scarves?

Regardless of what trend forecasters tell you, wear what makes you happy and feels good. If you want to know how to style a scarf in 2022, here are some ways people are doing it. 

Silk scarves are making a huge comeback. The trend isn't as obvious as you might think. Obviously, the classic way to wear squares of fabric will always be Fred Jones or 1950s air stewardess, but people are also making them into flowy tops that hang off the body in a strapless triangle, with a sexy open back, except for the knot that secures the fabric.

If you have a longer scarf, try placing it just above your waist and crisscrossing it across your chest. Tie the scarf at the nape of your neck. Alternatively, drape the fabric over your shoulders and tie it between your breasts before carrying it around your back. 

Silk scarves may also be used to conceal elastics on ponytails or braided into hair for a bit of colour if the scarf top look is a bit much for you.

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