For a while, Russell Brand’s comedy-lothario-look put me off the skinny scarf. But thanks largely to Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent Paris, this handy accessory has regained it’s chic appeal. Feeling slightly under dressed on my way to a fashion show recently, I perked up a normcore jacket and jeans with a slim, pink paisley silk scarf from Paul Smith. Chucked a pair of vintage, high heeled Mary Jane shoes in my bag and headed for the show. Just around the corner from the venue, I found a quiet spot, slipped the three-and-a-half-inch heels on and made my way through the melée of photographers like an ‘Ooh you are awful’-era Dick Emery (now there’s a different kind of comedy-look). I’ve never been able to walk properly in high heels and immediately realised my mistake; so as soon as I reached my seat, the trainers went straight back on.
The skinny scarf stayed put, though; knotted to one side, like so:
I also like to wear it wrapped around the neck once with the two ends hanging down – or loosely tied at the front (as top photo). The slinky scarf goes with everything: jackets, dresses, silk blouses, t-shirts. And for sub-Saint Laurent Paris priced neckwear check out British label Rockins. (Kate Moss is a fan; see below).
Here’s the skinny: