I’ve come to the conclusion that I am scarf challenged. That’s a shame because I love the look of scarves on other women. And I actually own quite a few scarves…. one might even say more than a few scarves. And most of them I rarely wear.
That’s because I can’t abide anything that requires complicated swathing, wrapping and tying of knots. If a scarf is simply draped around my neck, I’m okay, but otherwise, I fuss with it or take it off altogether.
I’d love to be able to throw on a gorgeous scarf in the morning, flip it deftly into some sort of chic arrangement and head out to face the world. And actually make it to the car before I start fiddling with it.
Especially this season. Because scarves were everywhere in the fall fashion magazines. Cravats, neckerchiefs, bandannas, and silken squares small and large were featured in this article in Vogue’s September issue.
|September issue of Vogue
I clipped a few shots from several magazine articles and fashion shoots to pin on my inspiration board. They’re right at eye level so that I can’t avoid being reminded that this is a fashion challenge I should be able to conquer. Or at least try to conquer.
|A portion of my inspiration board above my desk.
When I was younger, I used to love wearing silk scarves tied tightly, like an ascot, and tucked into blouses or sweaters, or cotton neckerchiefs knotted with the ends fluffed out over a shirt collar. But I haven’t been able to do that lately. Not for years, in fact. I don’t know why I grew out of the ability to wear complex scarf arrangements, but I did.
There are a few shots of me on this blog with a silk scarf tied around my neck and tucked neatly into a sweater or tee shirt…. but I must confess (this post is all about confession after all) that none of those looks actually made it out the door… with the scarf intact.
Except for this one. I love this blue animal print cotton scarf. It’s light and I was able to tie it at the ends to create a kind of infinity scarf.
But with the weather in Ottawa looking like this today… snowy, cold and very windy…
my light cotton “infinity” scarf won’t cut it. I’d have to wear a heavier one like this one from etsy.com. Lovely isn’t it?
Sadly, a real infinity scarf is too much scarf commitment for me. Being unable to untie it and just let it drape around my neck would drive me crazy. And with weather like this just around the corner, I probably need to figure out how to wear a lovely, warm scarf. I can’t be defeated by a scarf. Can I?
So, I book-marked a post by major scarf lover Alyson at That’s Not My Age
which shows a couple of great scarf looks that I aspire to. You can read that post here
. I’ll try to replicate them… tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.
I might even think about knitting myself a non-infinity, infinity-type scarf. A scarf that doesn’t demand too much commitment. One with a button in the back, so I can wear it like an infinity scarf, if I want. Or I can unbutton it if I start feeling rather engulfed by it and thus a bit twitchy. Hmmm… we’ll see.
You know, I started thinking about scarves last week, after I wrote a post about turtlenecks. I love them, turtlenecks, I mean. Especially with a jacket. And a scarf, but one that is not swathed or wrapped in a complicated fashion around my neck.
Several readers commented on that post that they didn’t like the feeling of a tight turtleneck… too constricting… that they preferred a scarf at the neck instead.
So, I started wondering. Do you think that maybe it’s just that there are two types of people in this world… turtleneck people… and scarf people?
If so… then, I am definitely a turtleneck person.
And as such I need not be intimidated by my inability to swath myself chicly in a scarf, even if it is the fashion. I gotta be me. So… I guess I won’t be tying one on after all. Well, I must say… that’s a relief.
So, tell me are you a scarf person? Or are you scarf challenged like me?