Re-Appropriating Your Neck Scarf

Because it’s hot out! Finally! And your neck wants to see the light of day.


In the event that I have been successful in manipulating you to believe, at any point during the last, let’s say, six months, that you absolutely must acquire a silk scarf to wear wrapped around your neck, this story is for you.

In the event that I have not, may I just ask what it is about the scarves that you have found unappealing? I’m not judging you. Good on you for not giving in, I just feel bad you’ve had to weather months of seeing my neck act paralyzed by an inflated ribbon.

And now, with the temperatures becoming more amenable to a lifestyle that requires fewer layers, there is a 100% possibility that I will relocate those neck scarves and instead call them arm scarves. Why? Because they’re colorful and they make me feel good and I had this idea last week when I tried on a tube top I had recently purchased (the one pictured), that in order to make it look cooler, it could really benefit from pretending that it’s actually an off-the-shoulder blouse.

See, that’s the other thing. I’m nuts about anything off the shoulder. Finding a blouse, however, that doesn’t seem too manipulated by outfitting guidelines of, say, a West Coast Music Festival has proven difficult unless I am willing to drop it like it’s hot and spend $1,500 on this piratical one by Alexander McQueen, which I realize I have mentioned three times in the past week.

So, this is what I’m doing. I’m tying small, colorful silk scarves around my upper arms. Sometimes I’m tying two around both arms, other times, I’m just tying one and looking a little like Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw during a season I can’t quite pinpoint but know had to exist at some…point.

I urge you to try it because it still seems fresh but if you don’t want to, I get it. I TOTALLY GET IT.

Tube top by Costume National, shorts by Levi’s, sandals by Laurence Dacade, sunglasses by Spektre and I suggest Vestiare Collective for scarves if you don’t have an older relative who, during at least one period in her lifetime, believed that she was Grace Kelly in a convertible.

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  • mfashionfreak

    you’re so lovely haha


  • Une petite Bruxelloise

    It actually looks super fresh! And if everyone is looking at me weird at the office today because I put a belt on top of my cardigan, imagine the lovely reactions when I show up like this 🙂

  • Libbi

    Before I even read the article, I thought how very Carrie Bradshaw of you. Love it!

  • Kirsten

    Fuuuuun outfit! Particularly liked the triple scarf.

  • Natali

    Super super cool outfit!!!

  • sara beth walsh

    Season 4!! I had the same thought as Libbi, immediate association. Love it! I’ve also seen scarves as wrist wraps/bracelets…

    • Leandra Medine

      You are the Carrie whisperer

    • Aubrey Green

      “how do you think they get dimples…” Miranda was pregnant here and she was worried about having sex, cause she didn’t want to hurt the baby.

  • jm

    who makes your watch??

  • carriebwc

    If you are spending $1,140 on a top, why not just spend $1,500 and get the one you want? Just saying.

    • Leandra Medine

      For one very simple reason which is that I bought it with a gift card

      • carriebwc

        Ah, the tyranny of the gift card .

  • Kate

    HOW do you tie them on your own arm though?

  • You look super beautiful Leandra, you’re stunning! Very Carrie Bradshaw indeed!

    Mafalda ❤

  • lavieenliz

    so cute what you did!!

  • MGNT

    I think this outfit without the scarf might look like something you would wear to a swimming pool partay… But I love how it turned out!

  • SueDLowe

    Very Carrie Bradshaw indeed!*2262*4525

  • Kelli

    Darling! Those are excellent shorts. They appear to be the ideal length. As in, shorts for a real person who is not comfortable having one’s… accoutrements … on display (and not in a good way.) I did check the Levis link, but alas, all appear tres tres short, yo. Help?

    • Leandra Medine

      Might I suggest looking at the Levi’s shop proper? These are from UO but they’re all vintage reworked so no two look quite the same (I also sized up)

      • Kelli

        Ah! Thanks. PS. Arm scarf action is j’amazing and quiche. 🙂

        • Thank you for incorporating quiche into this conversation.

  • I shall be adorning my arms with scarves tomorrow.

  • GapToothedGirl

    I love scarfs, but always miss them in summer! So i usually put them as a belt, this is a super idea to have them even in the sun.
    Love, Gap.

  • monkeyshines
  • unicornhunting

    I remember when ‘Carrie’ did this look on SATC–still works!

  • Kate Wilson
  • Ashley Alt

    Let me just say, this is genius and I will be rocking the arm scarves all summer. Grateful for this brilliance and upset I didn’t think of it first. #ArmScarf

  • Deborah

    The CN tube top with arm and neck scarves are awesome! This reminds me of a modern day Pippi Longstocking minus the pigtail braids. Work it, Leandra!

  • Insanely jealous that you wear tube anything. I kinda like the scarves. I would get biggers ones and let them hang longer for a flowy feel if that makes sense.

  • Sabah

    You look really beautiful, Leandra.

  • I believe Carrie Bradshaw was too a fan of the upper-arm neckerchief of the Hermes kind!

  • Evesewcool

    But how do I create such a perfect bow on my arm, using just one hand? Any tricks?

    • Leandra Medine

      You use both hands, you just also appear like your shoulder is immobile while you’re tying

  • belulopezchamba

    In the summer I use my neck scarves as wrists-band, a little bit more mainstream, still cool.

  • Quinn

    This is why I love you. So ballsy and chic.

  • Anna Coroneo

    Thank you so much for styling the Watermelons scarf from my collection available at net-a-porter! I love your style! Anna

  • This look is not for me, but I have definitely been eyeing your neck scarves over the past weeks, and I applaud you for taking risks. Your light-hearted, experimental attitude toward fashion is part of what I love about this blog.

  • Boyfriendsandblazers


    • Leandra Medine

      you glow girl

  • this looks adorable! and i agree on the recent off the shoulder obsession. the only price appropriate ones i have found make me look like the chiquita banana lady. but then again…maybe i should just embrace my destiny?


  • haapi

    There are some amazing off-shoulder tops on etsy right now, including one whose top resembles your McQueen dream, but it’s a fitted corset style. (Not my size unfortunately.)

    • haapi

      PS: Love that you mentioned vestiaire collective…c’est LE bon plan.

  • I also do this, since I first saw episode of Sex and the city where Carrie wore her scarf like this.

  • Abra Morris

    You are insanely adorable!