From a practical perspective, scarves are warm. But from a fashion perspective scarves are still hotter than hot. If you doubt scarves’ fashionable favor visit Pinterest, YouTube, fashion collage website Polyvore or one of the hundreds of bloggers devoted to only scarves. As fall 2015 NYC Fashion Week was in full swing, hourly reports posted on the Web included comments about scarves as a “yummier and richer” (The Observer) key piece to move through fall and winter in style.
Designers used texture and intense color in their fall lines and Unique Batik’s Toto Scarf from Guatemala, San Antonio Mini Stripe and Windowpane Scarf all sport the same hues featured in almost every label’s fall line. For the eco-conscious, our natural dye scarves and natural dye shawls provide shoppers an extra layer of (inner) warmth.
Also seen on the scene during Fashion Week was unisex application of scarves’ accessorize-ability. While The Art of Manliness doesn’t specifically promote fair trade, its blog does provide suggestions to men on how to pull off the scarf look. But for a serious tutorial on men’s scarves, Real Men Real Style is the hands down winner. RMRS’s scarf section includes an infographic with 11 ways to wear a scarf, a video explaining why a man should wear a scarf and even history lessons on men and scarves.
Women’s fashion still pulls in more attention, floor space and press, though, so it’s no surprise that the online resources devoted to women’s scarves are exhaustive. Where to start? Too many choices can be stressful, so for the scarf novice, YouTube can be a gentle entry to the online world of scarves. Don’t worry about quantity (“25 ways to tie a scarf,” “15 ways to tie a scarf”) or specificity (“How to wear a scarf like a vest,” “How to tie a Hermes scarf”). Just enter “Tying a scarf” in YouTube’s search box and click on the first entry. That’s the most viewed entry and it has not been reported as a bad or spam link.
For those who have graduated to scarf master status, Pinterest is an excellent source that combines an avalanche of visual stimuli with links to websites that offer tips and tricks. Just type “scarves” in Pinterest’s search box and sit back and scroll away the hours.
Scarf bloggers are women and men who take the accessory even further than imaginable by writing about their devotion to specific brands and types of scarves, creating scarf-inspired outfits on Polyvore and adding the images to their blogs and showing off vintage and retro scarf collections. It’s scarf mania at its best.
Like so much of fashion, scarves can inspire over-consumption, which makes a great case for scarves like those featured on Unique Batik’s website. Despite what Mae West believed, too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily wonderful. Fair trade, natural dyes and ethical production processes are all important ways to make sure fashion stays friendly. Thrift shop finds and handcrafted treasures also keep fashion fun.
Winter is coming, wherever you may be. Cozy up to scarves to keep the season bright!