Color Me Wrapped Up

4 March 2008 at 9:43 pm 4 comments

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Penelope has the right idea.

Thanks to Balanciaga and Nicolas Ghesquiere, FW07 saw scarves: silk scarves, dyed scarves, printed scarves, scarves tucked into shirt collars, scarves with big metal safety pins and scarves more appropriately classified as neckwarmers.

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It was this summer’s “The Chronicles of Keira” spread in July 07 US Vogue that did it for me. From the moment I saw Keira in one of Balenciaga’s scarves I have been aboard this particular trend-wagon and loving every moment of it!

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Up until I dug this issue out of a Dairy Queen trash can in a tiny mountain town in the heart of Blue Ridge, Georgia,  the only things around my neck were chunky vintage necklaces and pendants dangling random things like leaves and owls. The owl necklace still rears it’s head every now and then, but as of late it is all I can do to branch out from scarves and bandannas a la Balenciaga. I have even accumulated a stash that rivals Mr. English Teacher’s tie collection…

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… believe it or not!

I am a firm believer in the joy of scarves. They are so versatile and can be worn with a solid T on those days when you stay up until the first watch of the morning doing homework and lack the energy to put an outfit together for school. (Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…) Thanks to Nicolas nary a neck these days is found without colorful drapery,our lonely necklaces have become obsolete and girls across the country are dancing on radiators reveling in the joy of scarves. 

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Poor, lonely, dejected necklaces…

These little strips of fun are my secret ingredient to most of my outfits. To all the girls that perpetually ask me how to dress/how I come up with my outfits, are you ready for another secret? Lean close…

*never underestimate the drawers of random forgotten accessories in your Grandmother’s room!!*

Seriously. Like I said before, if you have one of those days where the only thing calling your name is a white T and your comfy jeans, grab a scarf and no one would ever know that you rolled out of bed twenty minutes prior. It is a particularly fun trend to get in on, and I urge you to try it… your wardrobe won’t ever be the same!

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As I’m sure you can see, I have become a scarf-girl through and through. For me half the fun is going to vintage shops and older family members for a scarf or two on occasion, creating new ways to tie them and then incorporating the really strange ones –anybody else have a polka-dotted turtle scarf? — into outfits. There are scads of ways they can be worn, but if you are not the most creative person in the world and have trouble figuring out what to do when presented with a scarf, fear not! Once again, I return to iCiNG and present to you a wonderful article on how to wear a scarf. Click here.

Also, take a lookadoo around the runway coverage for this season and last for inspiration, as well as some of the streetstyle blogs. Scarves abound!

There you have it readers: another peek into my fashion philosophy. To recap, we are up to

– redefined basics

– disregard for the seemingly stiff rules of the industry

-Goodwill and vintage

and now,

-scarves.

For those of you who have begged me to write books and advice columns on style, I hope you enjoyed this little tip with lots of pictures. The next time you are successful in the scarf department, be sure to leave a comment to share how it goes!

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Entry filed under: accessories, do it!, fashion philosophy, vintage.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. scarfgirl  |  4 March 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Yeah for scarves!

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  • 2. sassy P  |  5 March 2008 at 5:42 pm

    you’ve opened my horizons to not just wearing scarfs when there is snow on the ground. color me a scarf!

    Reply
  • 3. queentazo  |  6 March 2008 at 6:24 pm

    haha… scar face lol
    ok soooo… im so glad u LOVE scarfs because i happen to have an ENORMOUS scarf collection (from seventh grade)

    Reply
  • 4. colorcast  |  6 March 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Break ’em out, queentazo! Wear the scarf, love the scarf, BE THE SCARF.

    Reply

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