Trend Report: Scarf Necklaces


There are some trends that seem to have been around forever and constantly circle through our closets- the mini skirt, flowery prints. and fall cardigans just to name a few. Others though, seem to be just emerging, and catch our attention before they become a mainstream must-have. One of those secret gems is the scarf necklace. To be honest, at first I had no idea what this really was, but with some good old-fashioned research at my favorite mall, I soon came across this unique and fresh accessory that's hitting shelves just in time for the fall season.

Scarf necklaces, like most other accessories, vary from being subtle statements to being bright and bold. If you typically keep things casual in jeans and a t-shirt, start out slow by adding something like Forever 21’s Knot Bead and Chain Necklace. It’s simple enough that it can be worn with even the most basic outfit, but also won’t cost you a fortune. Plus, at $5.80, you won’t regret the purchase if it doesn’t become the one thing in your closet you can’t live without.

Urban Outfitters's Silver Chainmail Scarf Necklace ($14.99) is perfect for an evening out dancing with friends or dinner with someone special. The links are is delicate, but still unique enough to make a fashionable impression.  One catch though: don’t wear this piece with a silky shirt that snags easily. The chainmail metal can get caught and pull on your blouse or dress.

Although it took me a while to find it in stores, my absolute favorite is a piece byCharlotte Russe – the Burnished Bead Knot Necklace ($8.50). It’s stylish, affordable and surprisingly durable. The metal detailing helps jazz up a basic tank for class, or you can add it to a cute dress for the weekend. Undoubtedly, the best thing about this necklace is its versatility- it can (and does) go with practically everything.  

If you’re one of those people who can pull off absolutely anything, and you’re looking for something a but bolder than the accessories above, don’t worry- I’ve got the piece for you. Banana Republic has the Butterfly Necklace ($59.50), a modern and elegant take on the average scarf necklace. While it’s a little bit pricier than most, it’s definitely eye-catching. If you tedn to describe your style as daring or striking, accessorize your favorite little black dress with this for a look that will (undoubtedly) have others staring (in a good way, of course!)

— By Kristy Shaulis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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