No self-respecting French woman '- or American celebrity '- would go without an Hermes scarf. Grace Kelly used hers as a sling for her broken arm. And the fabulous Madonna wore one as a halter in the film Swept Away. Did you ever think a silky square could be so versatile? Whether you're using it to hide a hickey, support a broken arm or cover up a bad dye job, a scarf is one of the most stylishly efficient tools we have. The following are some creative (and chic) ways to incorporate this status symbol into your everyday life.
"Top" Off Your Outfit
It's easy to transform your scarf into a sexy halter. Fold the scarf in half to make a triangle, then hold the triangle shape up so that the top of the triangle is at your neck. Separate the top edges of the scarf and wrap them around your neck, then knot them and adjust as necessary to complement your neckline. Next, take both ends of the scarf at your waist and pull them behind your back, tying them behind you. If you really feel adventurous, you can form the top end into a short chain or choker and then fasten it around your neck. If you're going for a va-va-voom effect, then wear your scarf as a bikini top. Fold it in half lengthwise two or three times, wrap it around your back and, bringing the ends forward, tie them in a knot between your breasts.
Tying your scarf around your waist is a flirty alternative to wearing a belt. Add a sparkly rhinestone pin or brooch to the scarf to really make a statement. Or, for an updated bracelet, tie your scarf around your wrist and add the same brooch.
Use Your Head
Using your scarf as a hair accessory will really make you look like a member of the fashion elite. Tie it around a ponytail, use it as a headband or go for the Jackie Onassis look and wear it "babushka" style (but make sure you go the full nine yards and sport a pair of large sunglasses with it). For the Audrey Hepburn look, fold it in half so it forms a triangle. Grasp the two pointiest ends and lay the scarf on top of your head. Bring the points down under your chin and twist twice, then bring them behind your neck and tie twice so the knot lays flat. Looking like your favorite movie star was never so easy!
You can go from the pool to the party in no time if you're traveling with Hermes. Wearing your scarf as a sarong is yet another easy style that looks sexy. Wrap the scarf around your waist. Gather the ends together and tie a knot in the front or on the side, and voila! You can create a wardrobe for a getaway weekend by packing just one scarf.
It Can Even Be Worn as a... Scarf!
Oh yeah, you can also wear your Hermes scarf as a scarf. For an ascot style, place the scarf around your neck and flip one end over the other. Then tuck the ends into your shirt. Wearing the same old black-turtleneck-and-black-pants look? Tie your scarf loosely around your neck and knot twice with the ends hanging down. It adds the perfect punch you were looking for. You can also wear a scarf shawl-style over a coat or jacket. And, to ensure you don't lose it when you take it off, just tie it around your handbag for a ladies-who-lunch look. The possibilities are endless.