September 7, 2011

The Lightweight Scarf

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West African Scarf, Allude by Andrea Karg silk and cotton scarf, Cotton scarves from Paris

One of my favorite things to bring back from my travels is a scarf. Perhaps it stems from my love of fabrics and textiles. It's hard to resist exquisite fabrics and artisan craftsmanship. I have been relying on these lightweight scarves to get me through the end of summer. I'm never without a wrap or scarf to ward off the chill. A wrapped neck always makes me feel warm and cozy.

These scarves are relaxed, but easily add a bit of polish to any outfit. All summer I have been wearing my purple scarf with navy; the flecks of metallic gold thread are subtle, but add a special touch. The beige check and striped scarves pair well with crisp white. Lightweight scarves in breathable natural fabrics are key transition pieces as the weather grows cooler. 

I always enjoy tying my scarves in new ways and perfecting my knots. I like my scarf tied with a nonchalant ease that still looks neat. A scarf is one of those small details that completes a look. I'm looking forward to wearing these as much as possible over the next few weeks. 

25 comments:

  1. I adore scarves. They are my favourite way to dress up an outfit. With a wardrobe a basics-based as my own I find they add just the pop of colour I need. And I loathe having a cold neck, especially at my desk.

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  2. Scarves and pashminas are my favorite souvenirs as well. It is too bad the weather here is already creeping towards wool scarf territory - I feel like my lightweight ones just barely made it out of their box :)

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  3. I just bought a new scarf and look forward to be wearing it. Learning new knots are always fun. These scarfs are beautiful :)

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  4. I think you need to do a post on scarf-tying techniques ;)

    I love scarves - always carry one with me. It's a gret way to add colour to an ensemble.

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  5. I second the post on scarf tying techniques. I have a bunch of scarves that I hardly ever wear, and yet I still want more. :/

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  6. These look lovely. Yet I too am one of these people who can appreciate scarves but never managers to wear one well enough to feel confident in one! Like others here I'd appreciate a tutorial!
    Olivia xx

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  7. La Fille mal Gardée- I agree, scarves do dress up an outfit. There’s just something very finished about wrapping on a scarf. Adding that extra bit of color is so necessary sometimes. I love wearing a scarf to brighten up a more basic outfit. I hate the cold neck too. It’s hard to concentrate when it’s cold at work.

    Maja Piraja- Scarves and pashminas are such wonderful items to bring back for yourself or others. I never feel bad adding another one because I really do get a lot of wear out of them. I keep thinking that I may add a burgundy or Bordeaux colored cashmere scarf to my autumn shopping list. There’s something nice about pulling out the wools once the weather changes.

    Joy- Thank you. I can’t wait to see the new scarf. I find that it’s the little items like scarves and tights that really give a wardrobe its punch:)

    Ammu- You are right about a scarf being a great way to play with color in an ensemble. It’s just the rights amount of color to really brighten up an outfit.

    Ammu, Prêt à Porter P and Olivia- I’m not an expert, but I can try to do a post on scarf tying;)

    We’ll see if I can come up with something creative.

    Prêt à Porter P- Oh you should wear your scarves. You have such a knack for draping garments that the scarf would suit you so well.

    Olivia- Thank you. Oh you shouldn’t feel this way. I think the touch of imperfection in the draping and layering is what gives the scarf its personality.

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  8. Those scarf are very beautiful! I love buy scarf like this during trips! I've one from Cambodia, China, Maldives, Turquia.. There are so chic and cool on an outfit :)
    xx

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  9. I love scarves but I don't feel confident in how to style them. I'd love to see some pictures of how you wear yours!

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  10. Camille S.- Such a special way to remember your trips. So true- a scarf is always so chic and cool:)

    Holly- It took me a while to feel confident in how to style my scarves too. I will try to post some detailed shots of the way I tie mine soon.

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  11. I buy scarves when I travel too, but I rarely use them as an accessory unless I'm cold. I agree with the rest, would love to see how you work yours.

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  12. lin- I think the problem with me is that I'm always cold so I've learned to at least have a bit of fun with tying and wearing scarves.

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  13. So pretty! Such good taste...

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  14. Jenny- Thank you! That's very kind and always nice to hear;)

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  15. They're all so nice! I love scarves too, and wear them year round. I always buy raw silk or cashmere, I actually think they're with the price considering how much I wear them and how soft they are.

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  16. So nice to find another scarf lover! I live in my lightweight scarves from autumn all the way through spring. Yours are beautiful!

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  17. Garderoben- Thank you. I love raw silk and cashmere. I'm sensitive to wool, so my scarf has to be cashmere. You're so right, cost per wear scarves are so worth it!

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  18. Austere- Thank you! It is nice to find another scarf lover:) I agree, they're so nice for autumn and spring. I'm always happy when I can switch from my winter scarves to my lightweight ones.

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  19. Nice scarves!

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  20. we're running out of scarf wearing weather in australia, so you have inspired me to get them out while i can.

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  21. t- Thanks! And thank you for stopping by.

    Danica- Yes you are! I'm glad you're inspired.

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  22. I totally agree. I used to only buy ones suitable for winter but I realized the wonders of a large lightweight scarf that can act as a shawl or a scarf depending on the summer weather (freezing cold AC indoors and blazing hot outside)

    -Sam
    http://www.samishome.com

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  23. Sam- I love keeping the neck warm during winter, but the lightweight scarf is so versatile.

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  24. my black cashmere scarf starts to fall apart... on the search now...

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  25. THE DIVINITUS- Aww... A black cashmere scarf is such a good staple. I hate it when my go to items need to be replaced.

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