How to… steal Judi Dench"s Paisley style

How to… steal Judi Dench's Paisley style

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UPDATED:

23:34 GMT, 25 April 2012


Clever accessorising: Judi's Paisley scarf brightens up her outfit

Clever accessorising: Judi's Paisley scarf brightens up her outfit

Relegate statement necklaces and bright clutches to the back of the wardrobe — this season, the fashion world has gone crazy for paisley.

As shown by Dame Judi Dench on the red carpet at the recent premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a colourful scarf with the vibrant print is all you need to brighten up a monochrome outfit.

The design, which originated in India and represents vegetables, was introduced to Britain in the 1800s, where it was woven in the town of Paisley (hence the name).

The look was trendy in the Sixties and Seventies, and now it has bounced back on to the  catwalks at Jonathan Saunders, Stella McCartney, Jil Sander and D&G.

To avoid looking like a hippie, go for a subtle nod to the trend with a silk scarf.

Pair with minimal accessories and simple, tailored outfits.

Tie a Paisley scarf to your bag for a chic, Sloaney look or, if you are caught in an April shower, copy the Queen and wear it as a headscarf.

Tasselled, 30, monsoon.com

Tasselled, 30, monsoon.com

Jil Sander, 260, net-a-porter.com

Jil Sander, 260, net-a-porter.com

Orange and pink, 85, John Lewis

Orange and pink, 85, John Lewis

Green, 49.95, jcrew.com

Green, 49.95, jcrew.com

Blue and red, 25, urbanoutfitters.com

Blue and red, 25, urbanoutfitters.com

Multicoloured, 20, Oasis

Multicoloured, 20, Oasis

Cream and blue, 15, Austin Reed

Cream and blue, 15, Austin Reed

Coral, 7.99, hm.com

Coral, 7.99, hm.com

Etro, 315, Harrods

Etro, 315, Harrods

Styling: Eliza Scarborough