Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How I Wear My: Neckerchief

A neckerchief can be a jaunty nod to menswear, which itself is always popular in fall, when it feels like a season of checks and plaids and blazers, but it can also be a flirty and feminine touch whether worn at the neck, head or wrist, so Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to celebrate the neckerchief’s versatility for this month’s “How I Wear My.”

We did not get a big turnout for October, but I love the photos that were sent in because it shows how this simple square can skew masculine or feminine, depending how it’s worn, and it makes me want to add even more of these small wonders to my ever-growing scarf collection. I hope you enjoy this post!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, says, “This is an all-black fall look that I added color to in the form of a vintage Herm├Ęs Twilly. I love this scarf but it really only looks good on me with an all-black outfit or a white blouse with jeans or black pants. I love how lightweight the Twilly is. I hardly notice I am wearing it!”

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen writes, “My black and white polka dot neckerchief is adding some pizzazz to my almost monochrome outfit. I could’ve worn it around my bag, wrist or in my hair but decided on my neck, as the polka dots highlight the eyelet top I’m wearing. I like the visual play this closeness gives; the neckerchief is white spots on black and my black cami under my white top gives the illusion of reversing the pattern.”

Trina of Tea Time with Trina.

Trina of Tea Time with Trina says, “These photos show how I wear a simple square scarf, folding and tying it into a neckerchief. By pairing this with a tee, it seems to escalate the entire outfit to a whole new level. It’s my little attempt at showing more Parisian style.”

Love Trina’s neckerchief!

Lisa of Peridot Skies.

Lisa of Peridot Skies says, “Neck scarfs are trending still and I couldn’t wait to have a little fun with pattern mixing with this floral scarf and stripes. Florals are a fall must this season too. Adding a scarf can take your outfit from ordinary to polished. Don’t be afraid of white after Labor Day. Paired with the right fall ensemble, it looks great.”

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb writes, “This is the cutest way I know of to tie a neck scarf - it works best for silk squares. I think autumn is a perfect time to wear them this way – summer’s too warm for any scarves usually and in winter you need something chunky and woolly, so I intend to wear them this way as much as I can till it gets too cold...!”


My good friend Rosie says, “My small 5x5 inch square scarf is a vintage 1980s Kenneth Cole neck scarf with a NYC motif (Lady Liberty, Taxi Cabs, Empire State Building, etc.).”

[Editor’s Note: I will be keeping my eye out on eBay for one of these scarves starting right now. Love the colors!]

Charlotte from Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style writes, “I’m sending a photo of my mom, Charlotte, from an early summer post wearing a version of a neckerchief. She actually made this scarf and put a Velcro closure in the back portion. The material was left over from another project and since she hates the idea of waste, she came up with this creation! It’s one of my favorite outfits we styled on her for two reasons. I think the striped shirt and white jeans are so classic. But then we’ve added in another print, which is fun & interesting!”

Colette of Styled Comfort.

Colette of Styled Comfort says, “Chokers have come back into style again and wearing my neckerchief as a choker is a great way to add a bit of an edgy look to my outfits. To elevate the look of a simple white tee and jacket, I simply fold a small square scarf into a thin strip and tie a knot at the back of the neck. To add another layer of interest to the outfit, I pair the choker scarf with a long tassel necklace.”

[Editor’s Note: I love seeing neckerchiefs worn with necklaces, don’t you? What a great way to add even more visual interest to a look.]

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made says, “I am loving the neck-tie blouses that have been in style lately so I chose to do a faux look here. I started with a cream and black tribal print top by American-made Nordstrom house brand Eight Sixty and then I added the cream and black neckerchief tied and hanging down - it actually has varying patterns but the way I have worn it you can only see the polka dot section. I topped this American-made look off with a structured cream colored jacket by Theory and classic skinny jeans.”

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living.

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living says, “I love neckerchiefs and am always looking for new ways to wear them. I found a way to wear one on my wrist and loved it! I wore it with a plum thermal top, distressed jeans, and peep-toe booties. I felt a little edgy in this outfit.”

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “In this look, I’m wearing a bandana as a neckerchief. I like the urban vibe it gives this outfit!”

In Prospect Park near the bridle trail.

One of my favorite neckerchiefs is a silk square by Valentino that I bought at Century 21 over fifteen years ago. It uses “Valentino” as part of the design, spelling out his name in bold graphic letters, and I love the mix of mossy and silvery greens. I like this scarf so much I wore it in my passport picture! In this photo I am in Prospect Park, close to the bridle path, and I am wearing the neckerchief with my Levi’s field jacket and my treasured L’Wren Scott sunglasses.

A Valentino silk square and my favorite L’Wren Scott sunglasses.

I hope this short and sweet roundup has convinced ladies (and gents!) that every wardrobe could use a neckerchief!

In honor of the 5 (!) year anniversary of “How I Wear My,” Adrienne and I would like to invite you to our long cardigan and duster party since it was a Missioni for Target cardigan that started this entire series! So join us in November for “How I Wear My: Long Cardigan or Duster.” Photos are due November 7, 2016. Send them to us at and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use in the post.

Do stop by Adrienne’s to see even more looks featuring a neckerchief.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


Adrienne Shubin said...

Hi Jill - lovely looks this month. I love your Valentino scarf!
The way Cheryl wore her scarf around her wrist is so chic!
I cannot believe it's been nearly 5 years of HIWM. And we have never missed a month!
I love that we are circling back around to our first post and choosing Long Cardigan or Duster. Funny that after 5 years, those sweaters are still on trend!
Thank you for another great month and 5 fab years of partnership and bi-coastal friendship!
xox, A

jodie filogomo said...

Wow---what an accomplishment to have been doing this series for 5 years!!
I absolutely love these neck scarves and have been wearing them around almost daily!!
Your scarf is quite chic!!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Everyone looks great as per usual and I used to wear a kerchief in my teens but this reminds me to get out my scarves and twillies! x

Lisa Murie said...

I love all the different styles everyone selected. It is so fun and I am glad I joined. thanks for adding me! Lisa

Unknown said...

Hello Jill: I've never left a comment here before, but know that I love your blog and especially look forward to your How I Wear My posts. I am getting over recent back surgery, but maybe when I feel better I can try to participate sometimes as well. My husband and I are entertainers--we do a cabaret act together,and also act! Doing Cinderella this December--I'll reprise my role of Fairy Godmother, and Hubs will provide all the wonderful piano music for the show. Just know that I'm in Washington State and reading your work, and I am enjoying it!

Athena from McElrath Cabaret said...

I didn't realize my Blogger profile wasn't set up, so I am Unknown above! Hopefully this works this time.

Nancy's Fashion Style said...

I never wore a neckerchief but I might now! It looks great! It s a real nice accesorie.

Petite Silver Vixen said...

It's always quality not quantity and we've superb quality here. I love all the variations on display especially Colette's with the necklace and the gorgeous colours of Rosie's.
Congrats to you both on 5 years - that really is a wonderful achievement. Looking forward to long cardies and dusters!

Petite Silver Vixen said...

It's always quality not quantity and we've superb quality here. I love all the variations on display especially Colette's with the necklace and the gorgeous colours of Rosie's.
Congrats to you both on 5 years - that really is a wonderful achievement. Looking forward to long cardies and dusters!

Rosie said...

Hi Jill,

The L'ren Scott sunglasses are fabulous A forever keeper. Ditto the Valentino scarf.
Great colors.

Congrats to all the HIWM participants. Great as usual.

No Fear of Fashion said...

As I said over at Adrienne's, you look definitely like a Parisian lady. You always do. If you go to Paris, people will think you are a native.
And Adrienne's tiny scarf has a big impact on her outfit. Never would have thought that. Quality counts apparently.
I love your friend Rosie's scarf is indeed beautifuf. I noticed that her sofa cushions (behind her in the picture) have almost the same colours. Fun.
Furthermore I really love Jacqueline's and Trina's styling of the small scraf. Never seems to look right on me. Perhaps I should try more.
PS I wanted to come over to HIWM next month, but I do not posses a cardigan... Oh wait... one of last year. Yay. The second picture is going to prove to be a problem.. Hmmm. brooding.

Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, cheers to five years! Where did the time go? xx

Jill said...

Hi Jodie, I always love it when your mom joins us. She seems so happy in her pictures, I love her energy and of course I am very partial to her name! I also think it's great that she is a dedicated seamstress. I have great respect for the ladies and gents who make their own clothes. xx

Jill said...

Hi Naomi--you will not be surprised that I say this but I vote for your VCA Vintage Alhambra bracelet on one wrist and an Hermes Twilly on the other. People will want to take pictures of you and post them to IG. xx

Jill said...

Hi Lisa, I really liked your look and I am so glad you joined us. Thank you! xx

Jill said...

Hi Athena, how nice to meet you, thank you for stopping by! Your cabaret act sounds like so much fun. I hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery. Are you blogging about the Cinderella show you are performing with your husband this December? I'd like to read about it! Thank you for your nice compliments and feel free to join us next month for the Long Cardigan/Duster post! xx

Jill said...

Hi Nancy, I hope you join us next month for the Long Cardigan/Duster post! xx

Jill said...

Hi Jacqueline, your outfit was one of my favorites this month. I love the polka dot neckerchief itself and then its inverse with the eyelet. Such a great look on you! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I love those colors on you. Turquoise blue is definitely one of your colors! I really like the pattern of that scarf too. I'm so glad you joined us this month. xx

Jill said...

Hi Greetje, your comments are making me laugh. Thank you for the compliment re looking like a Parisian lady! I would not mind at all being mistaken for one the next time I am in Paris. I hope you can join us next month with two photos! xx