I am scarf challenged. I am. I love scarves, and surprisingly I wear them quite a bit… now. But I didn’t always. In fact I wrote a post a while ago pretty much swearing off scarves in favour of turtlenecks. I adore turtlenecks, and I’m not naturally gifted with scarves. But since the weather here will soon turn cold, I feel the need to prepare for scarf season. And to do that I need some scarf remediation. Or as the Brits might say… I need to swot up on scarves.
My scarfing skills have improved a little in the past year. I’ve become quite handy with small silk scarves, and with longer, light weight scarves. And I’m even learning to wear my classic winter woolen scarves a bit more “wrapped up,” instead of just hanging them loosely around my neck. Like my favourite burgundy and camel reversible scarf on the right.
And lately, I threw caution to the wind and bought myself a blanket scarf. A blanket scarf … the mother of all scarves.
What was I thinking? They’re huge, hot, unwieldy, hard to make do what you want them to do, and then when you do make them do what you want… they never stay that way for long. At least on me.
But they look so good. So casually insouciant, tossed on, like this soft brown scarf, over a grey coat sweater.
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Or chic and a bit more polished, like this monochromatic look below.
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I know. I know. What… am I fifteen again? Bowing to peer pressure? Not able to withstand temptation? Or am I so competitive that I can’t stand it when someone can do something so much better than me? Or all of the above? Huh. Don’t answer that.
The salesgirl at Aritzia gave me a great little tutorial on how to tie my new scarf. And of course I mastered it right away. And then promptly forgot everything she said to do when I hauled my new scarf out for a test drive a few days later.
See what I mean? This effort just looked like I had a bath towel around my neck.
I’d just come through the doors when I bumped into two former students, sisters Stephanie and Natalie, and their mum. Such lovely girls. They’re both grown up now, and recently married, and of course we talked and laughed, and I waved my arms around as I am wont to do when I get animated. And then I got hot. And well… you know. The scarf came off, the coat unzipped. Phew. That was better.
So… blanket scarves. Maybe they’re not for shopping in malls. Maybe they’re better for strolling downtown when it finally snows. Or sitting in cold arenas at hockey games. Then again. Maybe it’s just me.
If you’re scarf challenged, like me. Try watching this Blanket Scarf Tutorial on the blog Kelly in the City. Kelly shows ten ways to tie a blanket scarf, very easy to follow. With pictures. In fact, I think I need to read it again. And then go practice.
How are you at scarfing up? Any problems with your blanket scarf… and its potential homicidal tendencies?