An ode to the early aughts classic.
Many of us remember the days when Beyoncé and Britney Spears would perform in handkerchief tops, and amidst a Gen Z-driven resurgence of 2000s style, the look is back and better than ever in 2021. Styled in endless ways, it has fast become the tie-back, printed version of the LBD. By showing off your shoulders and finishing in a pointed V, this piece can pull together a look no matter your aesthetic. From colors to prints, handkerchief tops are instantly covetable, and you’ll definitely want to be wearing this look all summer long.
Celebrity looks from the early aughts featuring handkerchief tops create the ultimate style inspiration for the trend’s current return. “One of my all-time favorite red carpet moments was Jennifer Aniston at the 1999 SAG Awards,” recalled Los Angeles-based stylist and creative director Jacqueline Zenere. “Her two-piece black set is the gold standard of handkerchief style. I always keep scarves in my kit (LeScarf is my go-to), and I use them as a last-minute belt, either cummerbund-style or in belt loops.