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Hail to the scarf

The scarf continues its reign as fashion's understated hero and ultimate wardrobe multi-tasker.

Wrapped, tied, looped, worn as a belt or knotted on a bag, the unassuming scarf is one of the most affordable ways to transform a simple outfit into a show-stopping bespoke look.

This enduring staple of any self-respecting wardrobe can be worn day to night.

The ever-iconic Princess Grace popularised the headscarf look, but a word to the wise, it's easy to get wrong and best approached with caution lest the effect be more Queen Elizabeth... unless of course that's your intention! Closer to home, Amy Huberman and Pippa Middleton are known for working the oversized print scarf very well, casually draping it over a leather jacket or wrapping it up inside smart blazers.

Claudia Schiffer also knows what a classic silk scarf can do for off-duty elegance while Christine Lagarde, the epitome of French chic, earns style kudos adding bright scarves to her business wardrobe.

Whatever your budget, from high end to high street, there's something out there for everyone.