A lightweight scarf may just be fall's most ideal accessory: Delicate enough to wear on unexpectedly sunny autumn days but a welcome layer when the sun goes down or the wind kicks up, they're also an easy way to perk up simple fall outfits (from tees and blazers paired with jeans to no-fuss dresses worn with boots).
We found five buy-it-now options on Etsy, where recycled, upcycled, and eco-friendly materials make these scarves a welcome addition to every green fashionista's closet.
1. Upcycled Sari Scarves
Tocamade, based out of Mallorca, turns used saris into bright silk scarves, each one a jewel-toned color -- magenta, emerald, sapphire, aquamarine -- and anywhere from a decade to a century old (this means you might get one that's not in perfect condition, so make sure you're willing to accept an extra dose of character).
The intricate designs and eye-catching shades take a subtle tank or cardigan to a whole new level. ($34)
2. Patchwork Jersey Scarf
Artist Julie Marie searches out soft, worn-in jersey knits and turns them into super-comfortable patchwork scarves in a variety of colors and patterns.
Chose from deep reds, purples, and maroons; pale lavender and shades of blue mixed with light green stripes; bright lilac, pink, and sky blue; or this version, a watery mix of ocean blues that will send your mind back to summer even as you're cozying up at a fall football game. ($32)
3. Fin Scarf
The Fin scarf from erineleanor is a 50-50 blend of organic merino wool and bamboo, and the result is a soft fabric in a sophisticated, muted color. The scarf is about 83 inches long -- leaving you plenty of options for wrapping, doubling, and knotting it -- and the ends are layered with knitted "fins" for extra movement and motion. ($160)
4. Infinity Scarf
If the concept of a scarf as accessory (instead of cold-weather must) has you wondering exactly how to wear it, then you may want to go with an infinity scarf, like this one from thimbledoodle.
The scarf is one continuous loop of knitted organic cotton: Loop it twice for a layered finished look, or hang it around your neck as-is for an even easier -- but just as put-together -- end result. ($32)
5. Vintage Scarf
Scarves are one part of your wardrobe where going vintage may offer you even more options than buying new -- and you can choose from nearly endless patterns, prints, colors, and styles from designers like Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, and Pucci.
This navy blue Liberty of London scarf with an intricate green-and-blue flowered print is just one way to bring the past into your wardrobe. ($20)