The history of the scarf dates back to ancient Egypt and Rome. The origin of the word translated to English means sweat cloth, and men used it to wipe sweat from their face (gross!). Thankfully women transformed it into one of the most popular accessories.
Lately, I’ve been scarfing up scarves! On my recent trip to NYC, I visited the MoMA to see Items: Is Fashion Modern? The silk scarf was one of the 111 culturally relevant fashion pieces in the exhibit. Some of the other items featured were YSL’s Le Smoking, Levi’s 501’s. Donna Karen’s 7 Easy Pieces, Hanes White T-Shirt, and the Armani Suit.
Later that same afternoon at Gucci, I noticed their walls were covered in silk scarfs. Even as I write this blog a silk scarf popped up on my TV screen worn by Myrna Loy in the 1936 film Libeled Lady! It’s just another reminder that scarves are a timeless accessory.
That same weekend, I was working with a client on Long Island and she had a beautiful lavender Gucci scarf in her closet. I loved the dense weave and the way the silk felt in my hand. She was unsure of how to wear a silk scarf. Then I realized that is possibly why some people shy away from this colorful eye-catching accessory. Below and above are some photos of how to wear a scarf.
It is a bold statement accessory, so keep the rest of your outfit simple. A scarf looks great over a tight turtleneck, with a crew neck sweater, blazer, or even a basic T-shirt. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I have not even touched on how to wear a scarf on your head. One word of warning, be careful not to wear a super long scarf in a convertible… http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/dancer-isadora-duncan-is-killed-in-car-accident
Here are my suggestions on a few scarf options at all different price points:
Guccify Yourself! It is an investment!
A great bandanna style from Rag & Bone.
Silk scarf from J. Crew.
I love the bright colors in this Zara scarf.