A knot and a twist: new ways to wear old scarves
I unpacked my summer accessories last weekend – sayonara, North Face – and came across a bevy of lightweight, airy scarves that remain in my drawers year after year because I’m eternally lost on how to wear them in the middle of a 95 degree day. Rumor has it that Miss Thing, Anna Wintour, always wears a Hermes scarf (or at least that’s what ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ would have us believe), whether it be around her neck, wrist, or interwoven through a purse or belt loop. I figured, if my fairy godmother can pull it off, well, so can I. (I hope.)
The first attempt was actually unintentional but highly successful. I was headed to a fundraiser and stuck between two tube dresses that weren’t quite ‘cocktail attire’ friendly. I folded a cotton muslin scarf that my uncle sent me from Paris (printed with a map of – you guessed it – Paris) around my waist, but it wasn’t quite right. I moved it to my neck, but it competed with the statement necklace I wanted to wear. And so it was settled: I re-folded the scarf and wrapped around it my chest, bandeau-style, and created an entirely new dress in a single knot. I was impressed with my creativity – and so were people who thought it came like that from the store.
A few weeks later, I had a lunch date downtown and a serious case of bedhead. I threw a silk scarf into my hair, prairie girl-style, but it didn’t quite cut it – tufts of unruly hair poked out and were not consoled by even the strongest pomade. I knew I needed to distract my man from the hot mess atop my head, and so I took the same scarf, rolled it into a twist, and beaded large, chunky cocktail rings between knots on the scarf, wrapping it back up and placing it around my neck as a choker. The result? He paid the tab and told me I looked beautiful. Then again, it was his turn to pay.
What are your favorite ways to reinvent your scarves and breathe new life into tired accessories?
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