While silk scarves were designed to be a functional accessory, keeping the wearer cool and moisture-free during the hotter months, today, the allure of the silk scarf is all in the looks. A silk scarf is essentially an easy way to inject a flash of elegance into your wardrobe, offering the possibility to create some nice contrasts and highlights across your summer fits with ease.

After being weighed down by a heavy wool iteration all winter, the much lighter silk scarf allows for more styling opportunities, too. Depending on your preference, you can put the silk scarf on full show around the neck or arm, or keep things dialed down by tying it to a belt loop or bag. This makes the silk scarf an every-outfit accessory.

From streetwear ensembles to Italian luxury houses, silk scarves are versatile and always raise the bar so we hit the ‘net to round up a diverse mix of the best silk scarves on offer right now.

Shop our favorite silk scarves below.

Burberry Silk Marine Sketch Scarf

Silk Marine Sketch Scarf

Silk Marine Sketch Scarf

$430

Burberry

Buy at ssense

Burberry's SS21 collection is partly an ode to the ocean. What that really means is a host of amazing, hand-drawn graphics centering around the mysteries of the sea.

Raf Simons Silk Spiral Print Scarf

Silk Spiral Print Scarf

Silk Spiral Print Scarf

$425

Raf Simons

Buy at ssense

Austin Powers but make it fashion. '70s fever has hit the fashion world and it's going nowhere fast.

Ken Price x Loewe Silk LA Scarf

Silk LA Scarf

Silk LA Scarf

$490

Ken Price x Loewe

Buy at ssense

Artist Ken Price partnered up with Loewe to decorate some luxurious staples. This silk scarf brings a bold graphic touch to any summer fits.

Gucci Square GG Scarf

Square GG Scarf

Square GG Scarf

$495

Gucci

Buy at ssense

While it's a surprise to see Raf exploring '70s patterns, it certainly isn't a surprise to see Alessandro Michele doing the same. Michele practically lives in the '70s.

Len Lye x Dries Van Noten Flick Scarf

Flick Scarf

Flick Scarf

$245

Len Lye x Dries Van Noten

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Len Lye's psychedelic work details this understated silk scarf by Dries Van Noten. It's part of a wider capsule that's characterized by eye-catching color contrasts and trippy visuals.

Acne Studios Striped Silk Scarf

Striped Silk Scarf

Striped Silk Scarf

$147

Acne Studios

Buy at Matchesfashion

Copping silk pieces is a pricey game, we know that. This Acne Studios silk scarf doesn't skimp on quality but comes at a kinder price tag for those looking to accessorize for less.

Gucci Disney Donald Duck Silk Scarf

Disney Donald Duck Silk Scarf

Disney Donald Duck Silk Scarf

$495

Gucci

Buy at Matchesfashion

It's 2021 and we can't think of a collaboration that would actually shock us anymore. We've seen it all, even Gucci x Disney.

NOMA T.D. Horse Big Scarf

Horse Big Scarf

Horse Big Scarf

$358

NOMA T.D.

Buy at Slam Jam

Your summer wardrobe is crying out for the technical prowess of NOMA T.D., we're sure of it. The Japanese label offers some of the best color palettes and dyed patterns on the market right now.

Gucci Cities Print Silk Scarf

Gucci Cities Print Silk Scarf

Gucci Cities Print Silk Scarf

$495

Gucci

Buy at Farfetch

Silk scarves are small, so it's best to bag one that makes the biggest impact possible. This retro-style number from Gucci features an understated, poster-inspired, design with a bold red border to catch eyes.

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