The Handkerchief-Top Trend Is Back from the ’90s and Chicer Than Ever


Now that the summer sun has finally arrived, I can’t help but be compelled to spend my spare time—when not chasing said sun—sifting through Pinterest boards and Instagram pages in search of warm-weather outfits to re-create this season.

Although, admittedly, my wardrobe already contains most of the ingredients for a summer of successful outfits, I’ve come across a glaring gap that I plan on filling as soon as possible. Tempted by the images that have saturated my IG timeline in recent weeks, I’m contemplating trying the handkerchief top trend for myself.

Influencer wears a handkerchief top.

Balancing a casual and elegant aesthetic, this strapless top style lends a relaxed ’90s energy that I want to bring with me all season. Ideal for quickly covering up on beachside days, the pretty top trend also looks impossibly chic when selected in a luxurious silky style and worn with a flowing maxi skirt or draped silk trousers.

Whilst you might have imagined that the trend was difficult to wear, with its strapless silhouette and cropped design, it’s actually incredibly easy to work into outfits. Consider pairing the breezy top with some linen trousers or a figure-skimming skirt for two easy, on-trend looks. Alternatively, find a fuller-coverage top or search for one with straps (our shopping edit below will point you in the right direction) and continue with styling as planned.

Influencer wears a handkerchief top.

You can even DIY it. To get the look, simply select a square silk or cotton scarf, fold it in half diagonally and tie the two narrow edges into a knot behind your back. Alternatively, shop one of the “pre-made” tops on offer at our favourite brands. From Bershka’s clever elasticated style to SIR.’s supremely elegant silk top, high-street and designer names alike are rife with the growing summer trend.

Influencer wears a handkerchief top.

Read on to discover our edit of the best handkerchief tops.

SHOP OUR EDIT OF THE BEST HANDKERCHIEF TOPS: