Scarves have been a popular fashion staple for generations, often worn around the neck, or near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion and religious reasons. Scarves come in a variety of different colors and patterns.

A scarf serves many purposes. In addition to the above listings, scarves make for attractive, alluring skirts and dresses. Whether you take a large scarf or scarves and sew them together to make a skirt, or whether you buy a scarf skirt off the rack, the dainty, flowing look of a scarf skirt catches the eye. My oh my!

Scarf Fun Fact: Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth”, and was used to wipe perspiration from the neck and face in hot weather. Scarves were originally worn by men around their neck or tied around their belt. Soon women started using scarves, which were made of cloth, and wahlah, the scarf became a fashionable item.

Women turn all practical garment items into fantastic fashion statements. Golly gee, we girls can’t help it!

Scarf skirts and dresses are particularly pleasing in that the body of the garment tends to flow, appear ruffled and feminine, and consists of bright, bold prints.

The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century, scarves became one of the most essential and versatile clothing accessories. Celebrities have often led fashion trends with film props subsequently becoming mainstream fashion items, including the scarf skirt.

Some scarf skirts resemble sarongs, which consist of a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist. The fabric most often has woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be brightly colored by means of batik or ikat dying. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants.

Scarf skirt madness!

Sarong skirt madness!

Mad for them all!

Scarf Fun Fact: Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors. In later times, scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century.

Scarf skirts and dresses can go from mini to maxi, depending on the wearer’s length preference. At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of material, but most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist and hips. Skirts made of thin or clingy fabrics are often worn with slips to make the material of the skirt drape better, and for modesty.

A great way to add punch and pizzazz to your scarf skirt is to wrap a matching scarf around your neck, or tie a scarf around the strap of your handbag or purse.

Since scarf skirts tend to be feminine and frilly in appearance, a patent leather pump goes well, or perhaps jeweled sandals.

Scarf skirts resemble sugar and spice and everything nice.

Naughty or nice, a scarf skirt looks and fits just right!

Ooh, la, la. Flirt with your scarf skirt!

In the western world, skirts are more commonly worn by women. Some fashion designers, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, have shown men’s skirts. In other cultures, men traditionally wear skirts.

Scarf skirts tend to look frilly and lacy, as the body of the skirts can appear pleated with a jagged, decorative hem.


Wrap that scarf skirt around your pretty little waist and step out in style with exquisite fashion taste!

“A girl can’t have too many diamonds or too many skirts.”

“Offset your garment with a scarf and let your outfit flirt.”

“I tend to wear my scarves the very same way.”

“That gets boring. Mix and match them on a different day.”

“Shall I tie a scarf around my bouffant hair?”

“Sew your scarves into skirts for true fashion flair!”

Scarf skirts and dresses wear well with short or long tresses!


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano



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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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