Digital Creator—Katie Galloway—is usually not found without a silk scarf. She takes her favorite beach accessory and gives us five ways to accessorize a silk scarf to the beach. 

Dearest D-RAVEL Travelers,

Hi, my name is Katie (@breakfastwithkatie), and moving from Hawaii to Chicago was tough. I am a beach bum at heart, and little makes me happier than throwing on a bikini, slathering on some sunscreen, and spreading my towel in the sand. Luckily, despite the midwest’s frigid winters, summertime in Chicago is second to none, and our beautiful beaches set against the skyline of skyscrapers fill up with locals and visitors alike. Ok, maybe they’re a little bit less crowded this year, but you get the idea.

How I Accessorize

Naturally, I spend as much of the warmer months as I can on the beach, but I love to dress up my beach look while still keeping comfortable as a fashion lover. Some favorite beach accessories include sunglasses, good quality jewelry that won’t tarnish in the water, hats, and beach bags, but my number one accessory to add a little flair to a beach look is a silk scarf. Please keep reading for five ways to accessorize a silk scarf to the beach. 

  1. As a top. I think we can all agree that scarf tops are having a moment this summer. Airy vintage scarves look just about as chic as can be, and are a great way to balance your loose-fitting high rise jeans, Bermuda shorts, or jean skirts. I also think they are an excellent substitute for your bikini top! I love this vintage Oscar de la Renta one with my Youswim high rise bikini bottoms!
  2. As a headscarf. Can you honestly tell me there’s anything more elegant than the old Hollywood vibes of a good headscarf? Channel those Audrey Hepburn vibes by tying a silky scarf under your chin, or go for the pirate look and tie at the back of your head.
  3. As a skirt. Skip the bulky towel and instead tie a scarf around your waist. I think we can agree it’s a whole lot more stylish.
  4. As decoration. Spice up your beach bag or purse with a scarf tie decoration! This is a favorite detail of mine to add all year round, but personally I think it looks best on summery straw bags. Go nuts!
  5. Ok, I’ll admit, this is a new one for me but as a facemask. COVID is here, and seemingly here to stay for a while. If you’re able to get out of the house for an afternoon and safe distance on the beach, don’t risk your health (or anybody else’s, for that matter!) Wrap your scarf around your head covering nose and mouth for a stylish alternative to your disposable mask.

To summarize, a scarf is always a good idea. Whether it’s a vintage hand-me-down silk scarf from your grandmother (like mine!) or a bandana from Target, you can’t go wrong. 

Tip from Katie

One of the best places to find pretty and inexpensive scarves is at second-hand stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army.

So there you have it—five ways to accessorize a silk scarf to the beach. I hope your scarf comes in handy this summer. And feel free to share additional ideas for ways to wear!