Scarves for style

WHAT’S ON YOUR NECK TODAY? Flip it over your shoulder, tie it at the hip or fix it as a bandana. Just make sure you have a scarf

WHAT’S ON YOUR NECK TODAY? Flip it over your shoulder, tie it at the hip or fix it as a bandana. Just make sure you have a scarf   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

The never-say-die scarf has withstood the trials of time and has returned with a vengeance thanks to Captain Jack Sparrow and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler

At the recent Aerosmith concert, apart from Joe Perry’s pyrotechnics on the guitar, we were mesmerised by Steven Tyler’s manic persona – from black ganji to the motor mouth, from elaborate tattoos to the trademark fluttering scarf. Then there was Johnny Depp as the wicked Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End”. Apart from the Rasta hair, the kohl-lined eyes and the many clinking beads, Sparrow also sported a scarf around his head like a bandana.

And there you have it ladies and gents. It is official, the stole, dupatta, scarf or whatever you would like to call that little wisp of fabric is back to being a fashion essential. Draping a scarf in various styles around your neck is drop dead stylish and very with the moment. It’s considered a vital accessory that is a good foil complement all kinds of apparels, irrespectiveto Indian, western or Indo-western style of clothingBangalore’s well-known theatre persona Deepti Sudhindra is a self-confessed scarf freak with almost a fetish for the fabric. She believes it adds layers to the outfit.

Giving us a peek into her collection, Deepti explains: “I have scarves in chiffon, cotton, muslin, wool, georgette and silk. Most of my scarves have a mix of light and dark palettes.Contemporary prints, African tribal motifs, or free market designs scarves are considered cool enough for a party or hot enough to be teamed with beachwear when tied around the hip. Rutti Birdy, Managing Partner of Christina Scarves says: “Other than the regular square shape scarves, longer length scarves for evening wear are more in this season”.

“Crepe is the best fabric to use as a scarf. Screen prints with floral themes, tinted with pastel colours and block prints in earthy colours are making it big this season,” she adds. The scarf can be well draped on shirts, tunics, tops and can also act like a protective hair accessory.

Alka Shankarnarayan, founder and CEO of the Shankz Group fancies funky scarves that make their own style statement. “For example wearing a white tee with blue jeans, and a colourful scarf is the coolest. Even styling the scarf as a bandana or a waist band is also a good idea. Contrasting colours with textured fabrics are most preferred,” offers Alka. Traditional prints and patterns on recycled textiles are her best bets.

Suraj Chawla, a Bangalore-based designer says a scarf is a multi-purpose accessory. “Genuine silk designed with pastel colours are most preferable when teaming it with any outfit. With base colours like white, beige and black, and with a splash of multicoloured prints on it, they are making a big style statement.”

Western formal wear goes well with brocade fabrics that come in a longer length than the regular scarf. The fabric can be draped around your neck or can be tied in a knot in front.

The Indian formal collection comprises woollen scarves with embellishments, glitter and sequins. “The younger generation would prefer abstract prints like polka dots, faces and modern designs while the middle aged folks can carry a pastel scarf with light prints very well,” he says.

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