11 Ways to Wear a Scarf Top This Summer
We break down how to style this breezy trend.
Back in the '90s, celebs started getting creative with scarves, and the scarf top trend was born. As a trend, it is split into two basic styles: There are tops that are inspired by silk scarves, thanks to their fabric and fit, and then there are actual scarves, either silky or bandanas, tied around the torso and worn as a shirt.
The former offers more coverage and, if you're lucky, even some built-in bust support. The latter is a scarf covering your chest with a knot and a prayer. Whichever style of scarf top is calling your name, you'll appreciate these 11 ways to style a scarf top based on celebrity and street style looks from every era. Sure, it's not the most practical trend we've seen spring up out of the Y2K revival, but it is fun, summery, and great for ultra-hot days.
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A Cami Scarf Top
Shop Similar: Lulu's Desert Daze Navy Blue Multi Print Bandana Top, $36.
This style of scarf top is top first, scarf second. If you want to dip your toe into the scarf top trend, Beyoncé's "Say My Name"-era style is one way to experience the vibe without risking a wardrobe malfunction.
A Halter Scarf Top
Shop Similar: Windsor Night Views Paisley Satin Scarf Top, $27.
This scarf top style asks a bit more of you, but not too much, as we're still in top-with-scarf-vibes territory. We still recommend adding a bit of expert support via boob tape or pasties so the halter straps don't create strain on your neck.
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As a Halter
You'll want your biggest silk scarf — think surface area, people — plus some bust support, be it a sticky bra, boob tape, or strapless bra, for this look, which is best worn under lightweight outerwear like a linen blazer or cotton cardigan. Knot the scarf at your neck to create a draped silhouette, tie the corners at your waist, and tuck the rest into the waistband of your fave jeans. Add a belt and hit the town.
With Shorts and a Button-Down
Shop Similar: Lost Patterns "Seasons in the Park" Silk Scarf, $85.
Replace your fave white tee or cami with a scarf tied at the center of your back and worn as a strapless top. The look can be achieved by carefully wrapping a long scarf around your bust or by purchasing a pre-wrapped scarf top. For this style, we suggest adding some boob tape for support. To complete the look, throw on a blousy button-down and baseball cap, plus a pair of high-end sandals to give the 'fit an elevated, but casual feel.
With Matching Hair Accessories
Wear a scarf top like you're Elaine Hendrix in 1999 by pairing it with a matching headscarf. Because the vibe is ultra-retro, go ahead and slip into some cigarette pants and Keds to complete the look.
With a Plaid Skirt
Add a bit of punk rock to your wardrobe by wearing a bandana in a bandeau style with a plaid skirt. We love the blend of pleats, plaids, and patterns this look creates when worn with a midi skirt, but you can add some big kilt energy to your 'fit by opting for a shorter hemline.
With an Oversized Blazer
If you're still getting the hang of your scarf top knots, we suggest wearing a scarf top under an oversized blazer. The added coverage will help you feel more secure, even if you're still showing some serious skin.
With Statement Pants
Spice up a black and white statement look by pairing a strapless silk scarf top with a pair of fierce leather or faux leather pants. Punch up the outfit by keeping your shoes and accessories within the same color palette.
With Mom Jeans and Sneakers
Shop Similar: Reformation Braxton Handkerchief Top, $128.
For a true throwback Thursday vibe, do as Bella Hadid does and wear a patterned scarf top with a pair of mom jeans, matching socks, and white sneakers. Pro tip: If summer weather is keeping you from wearing full-length denim pants, swap out the full-length jeans for denim cut-offs.
As a Summer Suit Bra Top
Breathe new life into a dark-toned suit by swapping out a blouse for a brightly colored scarf top tied in a halter top style. We love this approach to wearing a scarf top because it offers plenty of coverage, while still feeling like a fresh, elevated take on a business casual vibe.
Add some depth to an otherwise revealing crochet top by wearing a scarf or halter scarf top underneath it. A patterned scarf will create colorful contrast, while a neutral color can work to tie in accessories in a matching shade.
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