Category Archives: Designer Inspiration

Double Up with a Shawl Scarf

A shawl or scarf which one should you choose? Well these days many double up and can be used either way. With the many different varieties, lengths, patterns and materials available why not purchase something you love and can wear in a variety of ways.

Shawl Scarf Products

Sheer Shawl/Scarves (Black Stripe)

Ideal for all occasions, this sheer shawl with stripes is light, airy and gorgeous against the skin. Enjoy the rich colours of gold shimmer, burgundy and fresh white khaki. This particular product which can be worn as shawl/scarf is very flexible when it comes to skin tone as with a clever mixture of colours, this should suit everyone.

Peach Silk-Blend Shawl/Scarf (Shimmery)

This beautifully made silk-blend scarf can also be dropped softly over the shoulders to be worn as a shawl. The delicate gold and silver threading sets off the deep peach throughout.

Velvet Shawl/Scarf (Navy Flowers & Leaves)

What  better way to emphasise your clothes than with this snug navy velvet shawl which doubles up as a scarf. With beautiful flower and leaf detail, the shawl/scarf fabric will look as good as it feels. A stylish touch of black chiffon around the outlining allows light to shine upon the shawl to highlight the detail.

Navy Flower Leaves Shawl Scarf
Navy Flowers Leaves Shawl Scarf
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Black Stripe Shawl Scarf
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Peach Silk Shimmer Shawl Scarf

Cotton Scarves

Cotton is probably the most popular material when it comes to scarves, with so many different colours and styles of cotton scarves the only thing you need to do is to choose which one.

Different types of Cotton Scarves

Large Blue Cotton Scarf (Shimmer)

With winter approaching you will want to wrap yourself up in something warm, this large blue cotton scarf will not only do the job but the woven silver shimmer looks fabulous as light reflects off it. Even though winter may be dull, you don’t have to be. Made of soft breathable cotton you can wear these cotton scarves for any occasion.

Green Cotton Scarf (Ruffle)

For something a little more interesting than the average cotton scarves, try this green cotton scarf (Ruffle). With textured ruffles throughout and vibrant colour, you can either dress this up or down as you please. The green ruffle scarf is not heavy, which makes it ideal for wearing wherever you go.

Large Square Cotton Scarf (Navy with Flowers)

Here is a classically traditional cotton scarf with great colours, the large square cotton scarf is navy with a yin yang flowered detail throughout. You don’t even need to worry about spending time on style when you have one of these lovely cotton scarves, as all you need do is put it on. The scarf is light, breathable and soft to the touch. A handy bonus is that you can wear this all year round.
You will find more fantastically priced quality cotton scarves in the scarves section of the website.

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Blue Shimmer Cotton Scarves

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Green Ruffle Cotton Scarf

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Square Navy Flowers Cotton Scarves

Ladies Scarves

There are many varieties of ladies scarves available for any occasion. Whether you want a scarf to keep warm over the cold months or just to accessorise an outfit, there is sure to be somthing suitable. The most popular types of ladies scarves are chiffon, cotton, evening wear, arab, fashion, head, jersey, neck, pashmina, printed, satin, silk, summer and winter.

Ladies Scarves Collection

Pink Satin Twilly Ladies Scarves

To brighten your look as well as save the pennies, you can’t go wrong with this soft satin twilly ladies scarf.  You can use this scarf to dress up an outfit or simply for the lovely comfortable feeling you get around your neck. These ladies scarves are also available in white, orange, black, lilac and green satin.

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Pink Twilly Ladies Scarves

Glitter Skinny Ladies Scarves (Dark Green)

Superbly made ladies scarves don’t have to be expensive when you know where to look for them. This Dark Green Light Skinny Scarf has a beautiful shimmering silver thread running through it, for a wonderfully dazzling spectacle when the light shines on it. You can also use these ladies scarves as a headband or a belt, making it very useful and compatible with a variety of outfits.

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Dark Green Ladies Scarf

Gold Crinkle Scarf

If you are looking for something a bit different and golden, these Gold Crinkle Ladies Scarves tick all the boxes. The soft sheen will look glamourous against any background. So wrap this beauty up, whilst it’s such an excellent price.

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Gold Crinkle Ladies Scarf

Animal Prints that Bite Back!

RANKIN LIVE! Took place in the trendy east London venue Old Truman Brewery, being a Rankin fan myself from back in my university days. I had been reading the reviews as I didn’t mange to wangle an invite! Everyone looking very trendy and I noticed actress Jamie Winstone has gone from brunette to blonde. To top off her new edgy do she has wrapped a bright pink and black animal print scarf round her neck, great way for all those girls out there making a statement with a new hair colour or even just changing their style from geek chick to rock chick…

Animal Print Scarf-Jamie Winstone Click to see this scarf on Scarfworld.com
Animal Print Scarf-Jamie Winstone Click to see this scarf on Scarfworld.com

Animal Print-Our Range

As well as leopard print, tiger and zebra print also holds the same amount of fashion value. Tiger print is distinctive and a gorgeous addition to your look. Zebra print is versatile, the black and white scarf below can be styled with all your looks.

Animal Print Scarf-Grey Animal Print Chiffon Scarf
Animal Print Scarf-Grey Animal Print Chiffon Scarf
Animal Print Scarf-Brown Chiffon Scarf
Animal Print Scarf-Brown Chiffon Scarf
Animal Print Scarf-Two Tone Orange Print
Animal Print Scarf-Two Tone Orange Print

Coco Chanel Influenced Scarves

After seeing the amazing new film Coco Avant Chanel I have been noticing even more Chanel-influenced clothes on the high street. Classic Chanel style is so elegant and chic, it’s easy to understand why it is has influenced so many designers over the years. One of the key Chanel styles is the little black dress which is a must for almost every woman’s wardrobe.  It is simple and flattering, and is suitable for any occasion.  The genius of Chanel’s little black dress is its versatility change your shoes, jewellery or accessories and that one LBD will take you anywhere in style.

As you might have guessed, my favourite way to update a little black dress is with a scarf. For the complete Chanel style, look for scarves in black and white, with dynamic patterns to sharpen your look.

Art Printed Chiffon Scarf
Art Printed Chiffon Scarf
Black Polka Dot Scarf
Black Polka Dot Scarf

Black and White Stripy Chiffon Scarf
Black and White Stripy Chiffon Scarf



For the evening, add a collar-less jacket to your LBD and tie a silk scarf around the neckline.  Coco Chanel herself often wore this look and tied her scarves neatly, often over her trademark pearls.

For more casual occasions, take inspiration from Coco Chanel’s revolutionary use of jersey fabric.  Coco Chanel was the first designer to use jersey to give ladies the freedom to move away from corsets. I love jersey dresses, but this is also a great fabric for scarves jersey scarves feel so soft and look gorgeous. My favourite jersey scarf right now is this Star Mix Jersey Scarf:

Star Mix Jersey Scarf
Star Mix Jersey Scarf

Get Inspired by Julien David’s Printed Scarves

Wearing a bold print scarf is a great way to update your look this summer!  We’ve been inspired by the new Julien David silk scarf collection, which combines bold funky prints with the refined craftsmanship of master silk-makers and printers in North Japan. With bright playful colours and fun repeat patterns Julien David gives a new twist to traditional silk scarves.

Printed scarves like these add a splash of colour and a little quirkiness to your outfit. Try tying your printed scarf in a creative way, wearing it with your favorite jeans for extra impact and an eye catching look. If you can’t stretch to a designer offering, check out these gorgeous printed satin scarves at Scarfworld.com:

Blue Zebra Scarf
Blue Zebra Scarf
Black Paisley Silk Scarf
Black Paisley Silk Scarf
Floral Silk Scarf
Floral Silk Scarf

Illustrated Printed Scarves – inspired by Coco illustrations

A printed scarf can turn a basic outfit into something really special.  Worn draped around the neck, wrapped around the head, or tied at the waist – scarves add colour, texture and volume to any summer outfit. This summer there is a big trend for feminine printed scarves.  At Scarfworld.com we love the new Forget Me Not collection of illustrated scarves by Coco.

Forget Me Not Scarf by Coco
Forget Me Not Scarf by Coco

Coco is an illustrator for several fashion brands and magazines including Vogue, Nylon and Muse.  She mixes traditional processes such as painting and drawing with new digital printing techniques. We love her whimsical yet elegant aesthetic and right now we’re channelling Coco’s look with these feminine printed scarves from Scarfworld.com:

Green Printed Silk Scarf
Green Printed Silk Scarf
Blue Printed Silk Scarf
Blue Printed Silk Scarf
Blue Loop Silk Scarf
Blue Loop Silk Scarf

Designer & Vintage Inspired Printed Scarves

LV Scarf Madonna

This season vintage silk scarves are reworked into a gorgeous style update.  Inspired by their classic prints, these silk scarves are re-coloured with shades from the S/S09 colour palette and printed on light weight cottons with heavy tassel fringes to give them a modern twist.  Fringe scarves with tassels and small pom-poms are also one of the main trends for S/S09.
The key words for printed scarves this Spring Summer 09 are “colourfulâ€?, “printedâ€? and “lightweightâ€?! Louis Vuitton’s Stephen Sprouse rose print has dominated the designer end of the market, as worn here by Madonna, high street and web stores alike have some great versions of this print.
Scarfworld.com have the perfect on-trend printed square scarves for this summer, perfect as spring wraps to keep off that evening chill, or double up as a picnic blanket for one for lunchtimes in the park – an essential summer festival item!

Red Rose Scarf
Red Rose Scarf
Purple Floral Scarf
Purple Floral Scarf
Green Floral Scarf
Green Floral Scarf

Celebrity Summer Scarves

We’ve been loving summer scarves for a while now but it seems that for our celebrity friends, 2009 is definitely the year of the summer scarf! Scarves in summer might sound like an oxymoron but these savvy celeb ladies know that a cool summer scarf can make any outfit fabulous. With lightweight fabrics and on-trend prints, these lightweight scarves add the colour and fashionable patterns you need to update your wardrobe for summer. You’ll find a fantastic range of summer scarves at Scarfworld.com, but if you’re stuck for inspiration, look no further than these stylish ladies:

Jessica Alba's Summer Scarves


Jessica Alba pretty much started the trend for celebrities wearing summer scarves and she’s rarely seen without a gorgeous summer scarf these days. Jessica favours large cotton scarves with soft colours that flatter her complexion and liven up simple outfits. Get Jessica Alba’s look with these 3 summer scarves:

Large Stripy Scarf
Large Stripy Scarf
Checked Square Scarf
Checked Square Scarf

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Stripy Summer Scarf



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Hilary Duff is another lady that knows her summer scarves. This stripy scarf not only peps up her outfit but looks soft and cosy perfect for covering up in the sun and staying cosy when the sun goes down. Get her look with this fab stripy summer scarf:

Large White Stripy Scarf
Large White Stripy Scarf



rhianna_1 Rhianna knows that a versatile Arab scarf is the easy way to make a simple vest and jeans look edgy. Just add some rock star shades and you’re good to go! It looks like Rhianna has layered two Arab scarves try these two to get her look:

Coral Arab Scarf
Coral Arab Scarf

Black & White Arab Scarf
Black & White Arab Scarf



katie_holmes_11And if sleek and chic is more your look, take a tip from Katie Holmes. Here she’s added a polka dot scarf to make a simple outfit look pulled together and stylish. Slim scarves like this are great because you can match them with almost any outfit. Get Katie’s look with this printed chiffon scarf:

Black & White Polka Dot Scarf
Black & White Polka Dot Scarf

ScarfWorld Loves Hussein Chalayan: From Fashion and Back

The must see exhibition of the Spring for Fashionista’s and admirers of pure design alike must have been the Hussein Chalayan exhibition at the Design Museum From Fashion and Back.

With futurism being an on-going trend for Autumn/Winter & Spring/Summer alike, we at Scarf World were keen to visit the exhibition for ourselves, and it was every bit as inspiring as we hoped.

Renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting, and use of new technology, Chalayan’s clothes are like technically constructed costumes, but his use of fabric and print make them look feminine and wearable.

Hussein Chalayan at the Design Museum. photocredit: Chris Moore
Hussein Chalayan's architectural designs. Photocredit: Chris Moore

His designs are experimental and creative with collections inspired by aircraft, architecture, and furniture.  His garments go from extreme shapes and materials from dresses in Swarovski crystals, lasers, and flickering LED lights, to wearable soft gathered layers of cotton checks, jerseys, silks and light printed chiffons.

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Hussein Chalayans's "Airborne" at the Design Museum

Beautifully crafted and truly visionary, Chalayan’s creations also offer plenty of style inspiration for everyday outfits. Take a tip from his soft drapery with patterned chiffon scarves, take pleasure in the tactile quality of your clothes with a printed silk scarf or explore spring/summer prints with splashy floral scarves, patterned shawls and shimmering sequin scarves.