Believe it or not, there are some people who believe that scarves and streetwear do not go together. Perhaps the people saying this consider the scarf to be too much of a delicate and feminine piece to rightfully compliment the male dominated world of streetwear.
This issue with sexism in streetwear is one that has existed for as long as streetwear has been a prevalent force in the fashion industry. In fact the sexism is so well known, that the streetwear industry is referred to as a “boys’ club”. It’s not only run by men, but it is also targeted towards a mostly male audience. So it is no wonder why scarves did not make the “cut” for so long.
Luckily, as fashion is becoming more gender neutral, scarves are becoming more accepted and celebrated in the streetwear community. What spearheads in streetwear realized is that scarves are one of the most versatile accessories. Therefore, scarves can aid in creating originality in a look, something that streetwear was severely lacking in light of the digital age.
The introduction of scarves into streetwear is a win for the people who work relentlessly in creating more diversity in the fashion industry. Of course women do not only want to wear high fashion. So as more women get into decision making positions in the streetwear industry, we see more feminine accessories and garments that can be worn by everyone.
As scarves become more common in streetwear, it’s entertaining to see how the industry has put its spin on the accessory. For instance, hoodie scarves are a perfect example of what happens when the two worlds collide.