STYLE GURU STYLE: Bringing Neckerchiefs Back

When I browse runway collections, I tend to devote all my attention to the clothing. But, when I looked through Gucci’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection, my eyes were drawn to the accessories. One accessory in particular: the neckerchief.

The neckerchief is an identifying component of a variety of uniforms, from those of sailors to flight attendants. While serving practical purposes such as keeping the sun off the back of your neck, neckerchiefs can also make a powerful fashion statement. On the Gucci runway, models sported printed silk neckerchiefs, accentuating the ’70s feel of the collection. The resulting look was chic and put together, with a touch of, what I would call, bohemian glam.

Inspired by Gucci’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection, I decided to try out a neckerchief but with a twist. Taking a cue from a few of my favorite style bloggers, I chose to tie a simple, black paisley bandana around my neck instead of a silk scarf. The black bandana has more of an edgy, rock ‘n’ roll feel, versus the ’70s bohemian color palette and prints appearing on Gucci’s scarves. Also, instead of tying the neckerchief to the side, I tied my bandana in a knot in the front. This way, I kept my look a bit more casual and laidback.

While I didn’t fully embrace the ’70s look of Gucci’s neckerchiefs, I added vintage touches to my outfit with other accessories. Tortoiseshell sunglasses and my favorite vintage, leather Coach cross-body bag lent my look a retro feel. I love that my bag has a classic shape, making it a timeless piece that I can wear season after season. Finally, to keep the focus on my accessories, I wore a simple, oversized white button-down blouse, denim shorts and neutral sandals.

What I love about Gucci’s neckerchiefs is that the trend can be personalized to fit any style. From the material, color and pattern to how you tie it, a neckerchief is an easy way to add a touch of flair to your look.

Get My Look: 1. Bandana neckerchief. 2. Retro tortoiseshell sunglasses. 3. Button-down blouse.