The scarf is really not just a simple piece of fabric which can be used as just a cover. It is much more.
81 years ago last month the iconic Hermes 35 inch square scarf was launched. Today there are over 800 designs. It was launched for the newly emerging emancipated woman who still had to keep her hair “in order”.
When Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly Grace Kelly, visited Ireland she wore a leopard print scarf as she climbed Croagh Patrick. I can remember as a child thinking that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. She moved the head scarf in Ireland from being the ordinary every day wear to the “Sunday Best”. The head scarf became as grand as a hat.
Audrey Hepburn was noted for wearing scarves. She turned the scarf into a style icon. She loved wearing scarves so much, that instead of the traditional lace wedding veil she wore a scarf instead. She is quoted as saying ” When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.”
The French fashion designer and children’s author Sonia Rykiel once described a scarf as “to be the most beautiful thing ever invented to wear”. Wow, that is some claim. Perhaps you mightn’t agree with the statement but a scarf can add to an outfit, it can make an ordinary jumper into something special. I t can add that needed splash of colour.
I adore scarves. I have scarves which are over thirty years old. A scarf can be the colour link in an outfit. Of course scarves can be quite ordinary but do a great job of keeping one warm. These are what I call the “essential” scarves. Then again any scarf I wear is essential for me.
I enjoy making my own scarves but not however in silk. I leave that to the likes of Niamh Daniels https://niamhdaniels.com absolutely beautiful silk scarves designed by Niamh. However, if the occasion occurs when I don’t have a scarf to tie in with an outfit I will make a scarf. This occurred recently when I realised I had no scarf which matched both my coat and the outfit underneath. Some cotton fabric was turned into the ideal scarf.
I couldn’t imagine not having scarves in my wardrobe. They are as important to me as bags, gloves and of course shoes.