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7 Best Silk and Chiffon Kerchiefs

Everything you need to you wear a headscarf as a kerchief.

Photo by Monika Kubala on Unsplash

Tying a kerchief over your head to form a knot at the chin rose in popularity in the United States in the 20th century. In the 1930s, women wore them for functional purposes to keep the chill off their head and/or to protect themselves at work like Rosie the Riveter.

At that point, they also became a fashion statement: According to, a “white chiffon scarf wrapped around the back of the head and cross tied and tucked back under was a very elegant way to wear a white or pastel scarf. It was too sophisticated for most women but city dwellers in the upper classes wore them while driving, traveling, beach going or otherwise engaged in activities that could mess with a fresh hairdo. They also did a nice job of covering up a bad hair day in a very chic way.”

By the 1960s, celebrities like Brigitte Bardot made kerchiefs stylish -- and sexy. Since then, they’ve never really waned in popularity since they’re both fashionable and functional and be used for so many purposes.

To tie a headscarf as a kerchief , the scarf itself has to be triangular or square in shape. It should be large enough to tie easily around your head -- but not so big that there is a lot of excess material. You want it to look sleek and effortless, not bulky. To make sure your kerchief says “chic” and “elegant,” not “old-fashioned,” make sure they’re made from silk, chiffon or satin and have an artful pattern, or a vintage pattern that's clearly a throwback.

Here are some of our favorite scarves to tie as kerchiefs because of their size and style:

Satinior Chiffon Scarf Square Handkerchief

The Basics: This chiffon scarf is lightweight, soft and sheer. Available in solid colors such as white, red, blue, and tan and measures 27.56” x 27.56” so it’s large enough to tie around your head without bulk.

Why We Love It: It’s perfect for channeling a 1930s vibe -- and practically made for wearing on your head while driving down the road in a convertible!

What People are Saying: People like the bright colors and say their customer service is excellent.

Check prices and reviews here.

Dahlia 100% Charmeuse Silk Scarf - Watercolor Plum Blossom

The Basics: Measuring 20” x 20”, this square scarf is made from charmeuse satin silk. Hand-rolled edges and a bit thicker than average silk scarves.

Why We Love Them: As we’ve said before, we can’t resist cherry blossom patterns! They’re so cheerful and chic.

What People are Saying: People love the luxurious feel and that it’s so versatile.

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Litoon Square Kerchief

The Basics: Measuring 23.6*23.6 inch, this scarf is square in shape, soft and smooth. Also available in a larger 27.6 x 27.6” size.

Why We Love Them: The geometric pattern says “updated vintage” and reminds of one of our favorite Modrian paintings.

What People are Saying: People love how silky it feels and they wear it to dress up an otherwise basic outfit.

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Guzosjo Square Silk Hair Scarf

The Basics: Made from satin silk, this scarf measures 27” x 27”

Why We Love Them: We love the wide range of patterns because they’re all subdued and yet interesting without being over-the-top bold.

What People are Saying: People like the quality so much that many say they go back to buy a second one!

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Tony &Candice Graphic Print Silk Scarf

The Basics: Made from 100% luxurious 8-momme Charmeuse Satin Silk, at 33x33”, you can easily tie this as a kerchief over your head. Just don’t put in the washing machine or dryer! Hand wash in lukewarm water only.

Why We Love It: How soft and luxurious it is against the skin and that is has a tiny bit of elasticity so it stays put. Plus, the patterns are super elegant.

What People are Saying: Several reviewers say the pictures don’t do it justice, and that, although it's slippery, it’ll stay in place if you tie it tight. Some also did actual “burn” tests to prove that it’s real silk -- and it passed.

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Andantino Mulberry Silk Square Scarf - Oil Painting

The Basics: Measuring 26.7” x 26.7”, it’s made from 100% mulberry silk and comes in a flat box with a pretty ribbon.

Why We Love It: We love that this looks like an abstract oil painting! The pops of color go with everything and it’s just so original.

What People are Saying: People love the quality and especially the packaging since it makes a great gift.

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YourSmile Square Satin Hair Scarf

The Basics: At 27” 27”, this scarf is made from a high quality silk-like polyester. It’s fade and shrink resistant.

Why We Love It: The patterns are artful and unusual because who wants to look like everyone else?

What People are Saying: People say quality is excellent.

Check prices and read reviews here.


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