While scarves were originally invented for function - warmth, mainly - the scarf’s evolution into the silky, printed variety passed beyond function and exists for one purpose only: fashion. Beethoven was one of the first recorded fashionistas to wear a pointless scarf, adding one to his outfit way back in 1810 to try and woo a lady. In 1937, Hermès strayed from their traditional horse garb to create the first true luxury scarf (which, FYI, are made from 250 moth cocoons, which I think is rad).
In 2018, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and Versace all took an interest in the silk scarf and showed elaborate outfits composed of head-to-toe silk patterns. And as we learned from Miranda Priestly, it trickled down through department stores and eventually to the online retailers like SheIn where I could finally experiment with the look without the Hermès tag commitment.