the scarf project

October 21st, 2010

I have a lot of scarves. Like a lot. I think it’s close to 40… but I’m not sure. Most of them are really gorgeous vintage ones like this that belonged to my mother-in-laws mom (aka my hubs Grandma). I feel very blessed that she has trusted me enough to wear them. I’d say about half are hermes and the other half are silk chiffon like this one, and then there are a few woolly ones of my own (practical more than cute, you know?)

So anyway, it bugs me that I have a few favourites that are in the golden rotation, and the rest don’t get used as much. I think most of the problem is that I feel unsure about how to wear them (especially the big square hermes ones). Seriously what is the point of having fabulous vintage scarves if you don’t wear them? I mean that’s the whole reason my MIL sent them to me – to wear them.

So I’m challenging myself to wear them all over the next few months. I’d like to make it a wear one every day for the next month, kind of a thing, but honestly I don’t have the sticking power for that. But 2 or 3 a week over winter? I can do that… surely I can do that!!

I’m going to have to learn a few more scarf techniques, but I’m going to draw inspiration from my friends, and try and get a bit creative myself (be patient, i’m new to scarves!). Ideas/suggestions are totally welcome… You may have noticed I’ve already tried a few recently (you can see them here ), but I’m not making it through them as well as I’d like, so let’s make it official and put a bit of pressure on, k?

Thus marks the beginning of the Scarf Project – how many ways can you wear a scarf?

Scarf: Vintage, via my Mother-in-Law
Dress: Megan Nielsen, Sophia dress (SS2010)
Trench: Vintage, via my lovely friend Kristin at Leproust Vintage
Tights: Hue, via TJ Maxx
Shoes: Witchery
Necklace: gift from my parents, from my childhood

11 Responses

  1. Caitlin says:

    This reminds me of something Academichic did last Feb. (http://www.academichic.com/2010/01/31/february-is-scarf-month/). Check out some of the Feb entries there for tons of ideas. I have the same problem, although I don’t have gorg hermes scarves, I do have wayyy too many and not sure how to wear all of them. I have this gorgeous silk scarf from Jigsaw, but it’s a medium length rectangular shape and I have no idea how to wear it…so hopefully you have one of those in the mix and I can learn :)

  2. hayley says:

    What a great idea!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with – I need some scarf inspiration

  3. Christine says:

    oooo that scarf is so pretty – i love green. looking forward to seeing more scarfy outfits

  4. Justine says:

    I can’t wait to see how you wear scarves. I have a lot of scarves too, no way as near to how many you have, but I don’t know how to wear them either.

    Just Better Together

  5. Cydney says:

    What a great idea! I struggle with ways to wear some of my scarves, too, especially the awesome mohair ones I inherited (stole) from my mom’s closet. ;) I may not have close to 40, but between more practical ones and more ‘fashionable’ ones, there are a bunch! As I commented on the Scarf Project page, one of my favorite ways to wear lightweight scarves is as a hairband.

  6. Stephanie says:

    :D Oh I love scarves! :D

    Stay happy & Live.Laugh.Love.
    http://www.style1509.blogspot.com

  7. I love scarves too and my fave way to wear them is the Cowgirl way… you fold a square one into a triangle, take the 2 pointy corners and tie it around your neck (for big scarves you need to tie it around twice) and voila a cowgirl/western style but loosely hanging on your front (instead of on your face bandit style).

    xoxo

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  10. marie says:

    Hi,

    I thought maybe you could be interested in these two links for your project :

    http://usa.hermes.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PlayTimeView?storeId=10202&catalogId=10052&langId=-1#

    http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2010/02/scarf-tricks-c-1944/

    I have lovely vintage scarves as well but very seldom wear them. I should follow your example :-)

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