Perhaps scarves for spring aren’t exactly revolutionary, but they still felt perfectly fresh in the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2014 runway show, where knotted silk graced the throats of countless elegant models. While my hair isn’t quite long enough to capture alongside my neck like the runway muses, I was still eager to try the perennial trend; after all, spring and summer are the optimal seasons to showcase the silk stunners from my underutilized vintage scarf collection. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ spring 2014 looks were the crème de la crème of streamlined sophistication, but one outfit in particular captured my attention with its casual, minimalist appeal. Fifth model Kate Goodling wore a slouchy white tank top and flowing printed pants, topped with a statement necklace and a shiny cravat of simple black silk.
To channel her sleek yet comfortable look, I donned a silky BCBGeneration polka-dot skater skirt and paired it with a smooth, white ballet T-shirt from J.Crew. Color-coordinated accessories-a Swatch watch, Coach purse and sunglasses, all in basic black-provided a simple backdrop for the outfit while allowing the vintage gold and pearl leaf earrings, my choice of statement jewelry, to shine. Thrifted kitten heel spectator Mary Janes, found on a recent trip to Ashland, Oregon, gave the whole ensemble fun, retro flair. But the real pièce de résistance was the lovely, patterned vintage scarf I inherited from my great-aunt, which I knotted tightly around my neck.
If you think about it, it’s truly amazing how a simple scarf can immediately elevate an outfit to polished perfection. Thanks to his refined spring 2014 runway show, Marc Jacobs isn’t the only one privy to this stylish little secret.