It may seem silly to talk about scarves now, given this brutal August heat and all, but then again, no season-straddling closet would be complete without at least one lightweight iteration in the mix. More a statement-making accent piece than actual neck warmer, this season's silky scarves are available in all manner of bright colours and ever-so-charming motifs. Whether you team them with a neutral palette, an equally interesting print, or use them to decorate your favourite bag, they're guaranteed to leave an indelible mark this fall! To ensure your wardrobe leaves that lasting impression, we've culled a selection of need-to-have scarves--all Under $75!--that will take your ensembles from ordinary to extraordinary with just a tie of a knot.

On The Runways
The cobalt blue Leather Foulard (price upon request, 305.866.1888) from the Celine F/W 12 show is the inspiration for today's story. Tied bandit-style a la legendary outlaw Jesse James, the structured accent piece reinvigorates designer Phoebe Philo's streamlined mix of winter whites adding a rebellious edge to the sporty separates.

While this exact leather scarf may be out of reach this season, we've found that silk iterations make for an equally on-point, not to mention more affordable, alternative, which is why we've rounded up an assortment of great styles for you to try!

On The Market
1. Juicy Couture NY Silk Square ($68)
We know what we're packing for NYFW this September: Juicy Couture's NY Silk Square! Covered in bright, cartoonish NYC icons, this piece is both a darling ode to the beloved fashion capital and most importantly, a lovely contrast to the season's moody colour palette.

2. Echo Colourful Cheetah Square Scarf ($48)
Thanks to a chic mix of neutral hues, the cheetah motif on this Echo square scarf is nothing short of sophisticated. It's the perfect piece to punch up a minimal office look, or if you're feeling adventurous, wear with a print dress in a bright colour.

3. Madewell Mapreader Storyteller Scarf ($55)
Whether you're a world traveller or simply aspire to be, having Madewell's Mapreader Storyteller Scarf in your wardrobe is imperative! Reminiscent of old typographical maps, this charming neck accent feels like a one-of-a-kind collector's item, one that will no doubt incite a plethora of oohs and aahs from onlookers.

4. Zara Birdcage Scarf ($30)
We can't say enough good things about Zara's new fall collection, especially the retailer's versatile Birdcage Scarf. In addition to its oh-so-cute feather and birdcage print, we love that it's large enough to function as a wrap, which will definitely come in handy for all those brisk fall evenings.

5. Topshop Bird Scarf ($36)
If you're a neutrals-only kind of girl, we're confident this scarf by Topshop will bring a smile to your face. The black and white bird sketch not only gives the piece a cool, artsy vibe, but when tied around your neck or bag, it instantly adds visual intrigue to an understated look.

6. Mango Multi-Print Silk Scarf ($50)
A mélange of sprightly colours and fanciful prints earns this Mango scarf today's award for "Most Stylish Standout." Fun and fearless tastemakers like Solange Knowles might pair its eccentric design with an equally exuberant top or dress, but we also like the idea of keeping the scarf in the spotlight with a little black dress.

7. Betsey Johnson Scarf ($34, available late October) in Orange
Houndstooth is a perpetually popular fall print, so we have a hunch this Betsey Johnson scarf is going to get plenty of love this season. While it works well around the neck with a classic white button up and jeans combo, we would tie it around our ponytail for a preppy finish.-- Jessica Baker

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