The perfect all season accessory: the scarf

In Fashion on August 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

When my BFF Alison moved to Europe 5 years ago, one of the first birthday gifts she sent across the pond was a box of Wittamer chocolates and a silk scarf. The chocolates were gone by the end of the week and although the scarf was beautiful, I’ll admit it hung in my closet for well over a year before I wore it. Back then, scarves were more for winter warmth than fashion. But all of that has changed in the past few years. Now scarves are all the rage and can be used for both casual and dressy outfits. I now own well over 40 scarves (just bought two more today) and love how they can make a simple t shirt look chic. While searching for scarf tying ideas, I stumbled on this image from at 1960s Sears publication:

I tend to wear mine like #11 or #15 but I also like this:

The best thing about scarves for me is the warmth they provide. They can be an effective layering piece when the AC is blasting or when dining out on a patio in the evening.
Do you wear scarves? Why or why not?

  1. I think I only wear my scarves like the extra picture you posted or (wrapped around) with the long tails on both sides, though I have been known to take the longer ones and to a cheat knot similar to #11.

    I too never worse scarves until I met up with a vocal professor who, in a very nice way, tore a strip off every vocalist at her workshop who didn’t wear scarves on a regular basis throughout the changing seasons of fall and spring.

    People who use their voice a lot (teachers included) have more wear and tear on their cords than normal and tend to be more succeptable (sp?) to troat viruses and irritations. She informed us that often, if you keep the environment as close to the same as possible, viruses aren’t going to invite themselves in. They usually prey on the changing environments.

    Summer means it’s warm enough that you don’t need one as your body needs to be cooled. Winter means that the heat is on and that we tend to wear sweaters and clothes which wear higher on our person and throat anyway, so it generally stays tepid in the long run, but fall and spring are KILLER times and if we simply keep it as warm as we were in summer (in the fall) and in the winter (in the spring) with the mere scarf being there, it saves us all time and troubles.

    The bonus to it being a health benefit is that they are often an excellent way to easily and quickly spice up an outfit with a splash of colour or contrast/design!!


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