During these warm and humid summer months, probably the last thing on your mind when it comes to accessorizing is scarves. These silky and vibrant accoutrements, however, have a long history dating all the way back to Egypt's Queen Nefertiti in 1350 B.C.! In the thousands of years since, scarves have evolved and rotated between function and fashion.
From signifying military distinction in 230 B.C. China, to functioning quite literally as a sweat cloth in ancient Rome, to being popularized by Queen Victoria in 1837, the scarves have a long history full of cultural significance. Important too, is the material from which scarves are made. Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have brought cashmere scarves back from India, and Hermes popularized the decorative silk scarf in the 1800s.
As with much of fashion history, the colors, prints, and technique of scarves have consistently reflected the current economy and general cultural mood. During the 1940s, scarves were muted and functional; in the 1960s and 70s, the prints and colors were vibrant, psychedelic, and cheerful.
Today, the silk scarf has become a staple in the closet. Silk scarves can be used to brighten up a cardigan sweater or tie around the neck. During the summer, we love tie bright scarves around sun hats and even use as coverups by the pool! The beauty in the silk scarf is that not only can it be a beautiful work of art--there is endless use during every season!
For an interesting and thorough timeline on the scarf, visit: http://www.scarves.net/blog/the-history-of-scarves-a-timeline/
Now that you know a little bit more about the history of it, we suggest grabbing your favorite summer scarf, throwing it over a fab swimsuit, and lounging by the pool! Soak up the sun in style!!