A scarf can be a lovely finishing touch, elevating an ordinary jacket or adding complexity and depth to a more considered ensemble.
Here, a confession: I feel safer when I am wrapped up in a scarf. I don’t mean cozy. There is something above keeping my throat covered that gives me a sense of security, as though I am warding off disease with a scarf when, in fact, the good health I enjoy is probably attributable to some combination of annual flu shots, Vitamin C and frequent hand-washing. Yet, when I am trapped on a long flight, listening to a person crouping uncontrollably in the seat behind mine, my response is to slide down in my seat and wind my scarf a little more securely around my neck.
But on this blog we deal in cold, hard facts, so let’s set aside my irrational convictions about the biomedical power of scarves, and focus on their demonstrable virtues, which are: un, they are beautiful; deux, they will keep you warm, and; trois, they will provide good protection from poison ivy (on your neck) and some protection from vampire bites. But remember, no long ends trailing glamorously behind you; The Directrice does not want to read about a spike in accidental strangulation deaths in the MMWR. So wrap, knot, tuck!
If the idea of wearing scarves appeals to you, but you don’t have any and aren’t sure where to begin, may I make a suggestion? These four will cover a lot of territory: (1) a black and white scarf (geometric, abstract, or floral pattern), to wear with almost anything; (2) a leopard-print scarf in shades of brown (ideally camel and chocolate) to wear with tans and browns, as well as red, pink and lavender; (3) a patterned scarf in which your favorite color predominates, and; (4) a colorful striped scarf (light background) to wear with jeans.
Try: Marimekko; Eileen Fisher; Tory Burch; Lem Lem; JCrew. Also, check Orla Kiely in the future; there aren’t any scarves on the site right now, but she did a wonderful collaboration with Uniqlo a few years ago.