That’s a wrap

From headwear to accessorising a bag or outfit, scarves are the inimitable style saviour and Bally has a seriously covetable selection

Scarves, like shoes, are an accessory of which you can never have too many. Not only do they effortlessly transcend the seasons and instantly update any outfit, their boundless versatility makes them a truly indispensable accessory. However you wear it – nipped in at the neck á la Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, a Rosie the Riveter-style bandana or informally draped over layers – there are few wardrobe essentials that embody the quality of 'pretty yet practical' with such finesse.

When packing for your summer holiday, a scarf is as essential as your boarding pass. A lightweight silk foulard, in particular, is eminently handy – ideal for when temperatures dip, for preventing sunburned shoulders or as a quick cover-up when visiting places of worship. Demure, after all, doesn't have to mean dowdy. A timeless yet surprisingly chic way to style your kerchief is in a classic headwrap. Her Majesty the Queen has favoured a simple ‘babushka’ knot since the 1940s, and other icons such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor swiftly followed suit. The look was further immortalised on screen when Susan Sarandon teamed hers with killer shades in Thelma & Louise – an iconic fashion moment later recreated (albeit with less elegance) in Bridget Jones’s Diary. For those looking to try a vintage headwrap this summer, Bally’s Belt Print Carré in luxurious refined silk twill certainly fits the bill – preferably worn while cruising along the French Riviera.

Although the scarf is a timeless accessory, its inherent blank canvas appeal makes it prime for experimentation. Take a cue from fashion trailblazers Kate Moss and Olivia Palermo and wear a silk scarf in lieu of a belt, or tie one around the straps of your handbag for instant designer DIY. Bally's quirky Shoe Tools Scarf, like the Belt Print Carré, pays illustrative homage to traditional craftsmanship in a contemporary way and adds instant pizzazz to any ensemble, however you wear it.

Bally printed scarves

While some scarves delineate a designer's trademark style, others can subtly show the wearer's appreciation for art and design. The saccharine yet sartorial Sweetheart Printed Bandana is one such design and is inspired by Bernard Villemot, a pioneering graphic artist responsible for a number of Bally's heritage prints. And with its punchy block ‘B’ print in a variety of colour combinations, the Bally Printed Silk Scarf adds a touch of Andy Warhol-style Pop Art.

Bally printed scarves

But it's not just colour and pattern that should be considered when investing in a scarf; another factor is shape. Large, billowy shawls hide a multitude of sins and are ideal makeshift duvets on long-haul flights (or chilly offices), while boyish skinny styles exude 1970s glamour. Try Bally's effortlessly boho Bandeau, tied once around the neck with the ends left loose or looped and hung in front like a tie, ideally teamed with a loose-fitting shirt – the Mountain Flower print nods to Bally's Swiss roots. Whatever style takes your fancy, have fun with it.

Bally printed scarves