With the Houston heat slowly but surely coming to a location near you, everyone seems to be planning an ultimate summer escape. Whether you're hiking Aspen's Ute Trail or sunning in Cali, fashionable getaway gear should be one thing: low maintenance. With airlines charging for your extra pounds, packing light has become an art form, with versatility as the medium.

Pull out that Tumi roller duffle and start creating your vacay lookbook with scarves. Scarves are a fashion oldie but goodie. They have never had more limitless possibilities - you can fashion them into a poncho, a belt, a head wrap, a halter, a dress, a cover-up or even a purse. Whether as a finishing piece or as clothing, layering a look with this silk or cotton staple makes the art of chic dressing easy breezy.

Hermès introduced its mainstay product in 1937 as a carré made from the same silk as a jockey's jacket. Now, 25,000 designs and 200,000 color choices later, Hermès finds new uses for this investment piece season after season. The company even offers "how to tie" flashcards with a scarf purchase.

Planning a haute hippie escapade? Pair an accordion-pleated scarf-turned-headband (á la Stevie Nicks) with a rocker tee, tribal-pattern jeans, fringed bag and retro Ray-Bans.

Want to copy Jackie O's Greek isle chic? Try a Pucci patterned scarf as a halter top or sarong with thick platforms, a ruched halter suit and a seashell clutch.

If summering on the range Ali McGraw style fits your destination profile, make your own scarf poncho and wear with layered turquoise necklaces, a chambray shirt, short flat boots and a cross-body beaded bag.

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