Bohemian prairie dresses? Seen ‘em. Scarf prints? Snooze. But put the two together, and the result is a reinvigorated and refreshed new trend – the scarf-printed dress. The biggest proponent of the trend was indubitably Richard Quinn, who dedicated his A/W ‘18 collection to the Queen of England and her penchant for the staid silk kerchief. Blowing up and collaging paisley pattern and regal florals onto bombastic handkerchief hem dresses, Quinn’s autumnal show went one step further with the attendance of Queen Elizabeth herself at the show during LFW.
Seen elsewhere at Toga, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Jacquemus, the patchwork scarf print dress was embraced with purposefully clashing layers and elaborate asymmetric hemlines.
When it comes down to it, the scarf-printed dress is, simply put, just plain pretty. Laid-back with a bohemian air, yet polished and incredibly intriguing; it’s the perfect vacation gear and everyday outfit wrapped up in one. If you are, like us, officially convinced on the trend, check out the top 10 picks we’re currently eyeing ahead.
silk scarf dresses
Etro print silk blend midi dress with removable scarf, $4,106 from Nordstrom
With a hint of Southwestern influence, this dress is seasoned with sweet Swiss dots, mixed color blocking and Ganado-inspired geometric patterning.
It comes with a removable scarf that can be tied around the neck as an accent to the already-striking dress, used as a headscarf, or cinched at the waist like a belt.
Marine Serre scarf-print cowl-back handkerchief-hem dress, $2,400 from Matches Fashion
Following true to the upcycling theme of Marine Serre’s AW18 collection, this dress is built upon a collage of various contrasting vintage scarves.
The bodice resembles a body-fitting scuba suit, with a sexy and dramatic open-back design and a drawstring-fastening waist for further exaggeration on the unique proportions.
Mara Mac long printed dress, $920
Featuring a myriad of plaid prints in various colours, this patchwork slip dress is an elegant and contemporary approach to the usual boheme-type scarf dresses we’re used to.
For a minimalist look, team this with a pair of mules and a white shoulder bag.
Temperley London mixed print dress, $1,893 from Farfetch
Elevating a kaftan dress with a touch of sophistication, this vermillion red dress taps into the safari nomad theme with abstract leopard prints merging into tribal printed borders.
Dress it up with elegant white heels and a crossbody bag.
Vetements scarf robe dress, $1,765, from Matches Fashion
An homage to founder Demna Gvasalia’s taste for hybrid clothing, this polka dotted navy blue Vetements dress combines different cultural references in the form of fabrics.
It features a colourful satin panel down the front with graphic illustrations which can be manipulated to be work as a scarf around the neck or left to drape down to an asymmetrical hem. Cheers to double duty dresses.
Etro nouveau western print dress, $2,628 from Farfetch
Running along the same vein as Etro’s bohemian surf-girl DNA is this silk nouveau dress. Fresh out of the brand’s A/W ‘18 collection, which was teeming with exuberant prints and vibrant colours.
Featuring a wrap style V neck and an over-the-knee length, this number showcases kaleidoscopic prints inspired by the Ballet Russe.
Coach bandana print dress, $1,550 from Farfetch
Coach’s Fall 2018 collection is all about individuality, juxtaposing feminine prairie dresses with rougher biker jackets and metallic patches. This edgy handkerchief hem dress perfect emulate that, with vintage bandana prints and red roses.
With sheer panelling, a romantic ruffled neck, and a velvet trim, this will look great next to a pair of cowboy boots.
Altuzarra Tamourine scarf-print dress, $3,095 from Matches Fashion
Featuring dainty folk-style florals and an elegant handkerchief silhouette, this beige Tamourine dress is woven from lightweight fabric for maximum comfort and breathability.
Team this with a belt for a defined waistline and lift the flowing drapes with a pair of stiletto heeled ankle boots.
Salvatore Ferragamo printed loose long dress, $2,482 from Farfetch
Archiving heritage prints from Ferragamo history, this silk twill long dress is a classy and modern look with a sleek turtleneck, long sleeves, and a straight cut.
It also features a high slit, which would team stunningly with a pair of knee-high boots.
Alexander McQueen tiger wing butterfly printed silk dress, $7,655 from Luisaviaroma
Midi drape dress with a placed Painted Lady butterfly print on double satin. The dress features a deep plunging V-neckline that is anchored with a neck scarf with black fringing.
It’s sexy, without revealing too much skin, with its cheeky slashed side waist detail and feminine billowy layered hem.
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