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The Scarf, stylish accessory ties up your fashion statement

The scarf has been around for more than a hundred years, and comes in many styles from thin and filmy silks to knitted, bulky winter warmers. For most of the scarf's history, it's been a utilitarian fashion accessory, primarily to keep a woman's hairdo from being spoiled by winds, rains, or plain ol' muggy humidity. It's utility didn't keep this item from being a fashion statement and is closely associated with certain famous fashion names, like Hermes.

But today the scarf is rarely just for hairdo protection; today's it's use is purely decorative. Here's a review of how today's celebrities, and some from earlier decades, donned the scarf.

Model wears Diane Von Furstenberg fashion label scarf


De Rigueur for some women, casually hip for others

For a certain "ladies that lunch" set, whether in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s or through this first current 21st Century decade, the scarf has always been a de rigueur element of the fashionable attire. But that's a rather limiting way to look at the appeal of a scarf. Then, thanks to movies like 'Annie Hall' and designers like Anne Klein and then Donna Karan, the scarf took on a casual look that appealed to younger women who were starting to enter the work force in the 1970s. The scarf's low moment had to be with the late 70s "yuppie" era that brought about the floppy bow as female office workers took up the scarf as substitute for the man's necktie. (Think preppy/yuppie Ally Sheedy in 'St. Elmo's Fire')

For the women of Paris, the scarf has been a standard wardrobe element regardless of age or economic status, and they are famous for their ability to knot, toss, wrap, tie, loop, fold, etc. in an amazing assortment of stylish looks.

Take a look at these stylish women and their use of the scarf. Included are Rihanna, Natalie Wood, Sienna Miller, Doris Day, Faye Dunaway, Kate Hudson, Katie Holmes, Dianne Kruger, Diane Keaton, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly.

Singer Rihanna wraps a large, brightly fringed version 'cowboy' style


Actress Dianne Kruger spruces up a T-shirt with H&M brand scarf


Actress Kate Hudson adds brilliant dash of blue with long rectangular scarf


Oscar winning Diane Keaton did a lot for scarf sales after this appearance at 1978 Academy Awards


Sienna Miller tosses a long fringed scarf style over casual clothes


Katie Holmes pairs matching vest and scarf for monochromatic style


Holmes again in black/white patterned neck-wrap scarf


Designer Derek Lam fashions a 2008 version of the 1980s 'floppy bow' Yuppie scarf look


Dunaway dons another scarf look in 1976's movie 'Network'


Doris Day does a "perky" scarf in early 1960s

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Audrey Hepburn uses a scarf 'the old-fashioned way,' to protect her hair


Grace Kelly seduces Gary Grant in 'It Takes A Thief' with chic scarf around her neck


One woman's love of scarves


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This is Part Five of a series on fashion reviews. A brief summary of parts one - six.

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Part Three: For more on the heavy influence of the 1980s Cobalt Blue color on today's fashions...check here ! Photos from today and 1980s...Katie Holmes, Dixie Carter, Ali Larter, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Donna Mills, Kyra Sedgwick. Plus fun fashion video!

Part Two: Checking out the fashions from movie Sex and the City and noting the high retro-factor in many of the stars' fashions. Fun photos and video of behind the scenes look at creating the clothes for the four stars. Click here for this fun column.

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Enjoy !


desert blondie (author) from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen on April 04, 2010:

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on April 04, 2010:

Wonderful! Wow! You covered decades and great stars! Thank you so much! Will be sure to sign up as a fan.

FashionFame from California on March 29, 2010:

Scarfs are a must for every season and are a perfect fashion accessory. It can add great charm to even a simple dress. Liked your selection of scarves. Keep up the good work.

Van Woods from California, CA on January 08, 2010:


Really It's a Great Collection....

Thanks very much for Sharing.....

Van Woods,California

Gift Experts on August 20, 2009:

Very pretty scarves and photos

Photo Scarf on June 23, 2009:

Sexy scarves, thanks!

paranoid86 on August 28, 2008:

scarves are indeed sexy.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 14, 2008:

Very pretty scarves and photos too :)

desert blondie (author) from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen on August 14, 2008:

They are a bit luscious, I agree.

rodney southern from Greensboro, NC on August 14, 2008:

I have always thought scarves were sexy! Great hub

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