I love scarves...
I wear a scarf almost every day, except in summer if it's really hot. And if I'm not wearing one, I have one in my bag, just in case. After all, no outfit is complete without a scarf with an interesting print or eye-catching colour. Wearing a scarf is such an easy way to add colour and texture to an otherwise very simple outfit. But that's not the reason why I wear one.
|original post: Autumn Classics|
Small silk scarves can be very practical in summer or in early autumn. For starters, silk is the perfect material: it's cool against your skin when the weather is hot and keeps you warm when the weather gets cooler. And then there are all those lovely prints to choose from...
But silk scarves have one huge problem: they must be dry-cleaned. And this is the reason I stopped collecting them: I refuse to dry-clean items that are worn every day, it just makes no sense.
|original post: Accessories Make the Outfit|
And most of the time I prefer my scarves big, anyway. And by 'big' I mean huge: more pashminas than scarves, actually:
|original post: Summer and Sunshine|
A light-weight wool/ silk blend or cashmere pashmina can be worn year round: in summer over a dress when it gets a bit cooler in the evening, and in winter around your neck to keep warm. You can also wear it as an extra layer to wrap around you if it gets drafty. Which is why it's the one item I never travel without: it's like having my own (light-weight) travel blanket.
|original post: Casual Friday, |
the same scarf also featured in: The Blue Dress, The Amazing Travelling Tartan Coat, Moto-Jacket x 3
And when it comes to materials, I'm partial to cashmere for three reasons. First, it's very warm (and this really matters in winter). Second, it's gentle on sensitive skin whereas wool can be a bit itchy. And third, cashmere is low-maintenance: it can be handwashed and it dries fast.
|original posts: Is It Winter Yet?, I Can Do Pastels!|
The same scarf also featured in: Grim, Dark November
If you're worried about the cost, think of the cost-per-wear. Which makes more sense, buying lots of acrylic scarves that start pilling the moment you put them on or a few quality cashmere scarves you can wash and wear forever?
I'm a rather sensible shopper (read: with limited funds and closet space), so I rather buy fewer items but better quality, something that will last. And let's not forget that I'm also a self-confessed snob, so anything cheap and cheerful makes me break out in hives...
Do you wear scarves?
Does the material of your winter scarves matter to you?
PS: Dilettante Artist has her own blog now, The Dilettante Artist's Gallery, where I will be posting (very infrequently) random pictures: illustration, photomanipulation, that sort of thing. And there is a pretty, new widget on the sidebar to take you there...