Lena Dystant takes a look at that timeless summer accessory - the lightweight scarf.
With summer approaching, albeit at a snail’s pace, we turn our attention to warm weather accessories and if the British climate has taught us anything, it’s to always be prepared. With the seasons unable to make up their mind, leaving the house without at least one emergency layer would be unwise. The solution for a quick exit? Grab something that can be easily transported, scrunched up and packed away, just in case. Step forward the lightweight scarf, a Drake’s staple since the brand’s birth, available in numerous iterations and just about the simplest way to defeat an unwelcome summer afternoon chill.
Aside from its obvious practical attributes, the summer scarf is a perfect entry point for anyone who wishes to experiment with a little colour and pattern. Ideal for those who prefer to keep their wardrobe as understated as possible, this is the no-commitment piece, allowing the wearer to dip a toe into the world of print whilst keeping their core collection of subdued tones.
If you’re already onboard with intricate fabrics and rich colour palettes, the bolder the better, Drake’s Made in Italy selection provides plenty of vibrant options to play around with; their library of complex prints growing by the season. Whether it’s a simple white tee and lightweight dark denim combo, a softly structured linen suit or a classic polo and tapered chino pairing, your packaway lightweight scarf should see you right over the summer months and beyond.
Nothing says summer quite like palm trees and fancy birds. A sea blue canvas carrying earthy tones of brown and natural greens, this tropical number mixes cotton, cashmere and modal (a form of rayon), to create a soft to the touch finish.
Working on an identical fabric mix, the Elephant and flower print in a fine shade of mustard should have you rethinking any reservations about wearing yellow. This warm shade punctuated by purples and blues makes for a surprisingly versatile choice.
An iconic print and colour combination, the red and white polka dot silk scarf remains both a tailoring classic and a mod favourite, as at home against a structured deep blue blazer as the olive of a well-worn M65 jacket. The silk and cotton mix, sheer against the light, provides a welcome breathable finish.
The time of year when linen truly comes into its own, mixed with modal and silk, this airy take on timeless paisley reworks the pattern for the summer months, mixing oversized droplets with geometric lines and a subtle micro-floral.
The bandana, tied correctly around the neck, offers a brilliant means of brightening up a simple chambray shirt or adding interest to a classic Breton. We’ve chosen two variations to create a pair of contrasting neckerchiefs. First up, the distinctive Buddhist Rider, utilising one of Drake’s most vivid patterns, an experiment in rich iconography and flamboyant colour. For a more laidback finish, the Patchwork Print bandana mixes paisley and miniature florals in simple blues and white, quietly elegant and perfect matched with just about anything; the ideal all-rounder.