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12 All-Purpose Summer Scarves, From Head to Sarong

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We've got a solid case for why the scarf is just as essential in summer as it is in winter. Heading out on a boat or convertible? Do up a head-scarf to make sure you don't end up with a bird's nest where your hair used to be. Weekending at the beach? Tie one as a barely there shirt, cute enough to wear around town. Tie it sarong-style over a bikini, drape it over your shoulders in the sun, and don't underestimate its usefulness in your battle with the office air-conditioner.

From silk to linen, cotton, or cashmere, the summer scarf is lightweight, compact, and stylish. Browse through 12 of our favorites after the jump and prepare to meet your new wardrobe workhorse.—Cleo Zancope

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