New York City socialite and the epitome of high-style elegance in her day, Babe Paley, famously took off her scarf and tied it around her handbag, sparking a world-wide fashion trend still copied today. As the dog days of summer kick in I am compelled to try this simple and charming style accent myself. Thank you, Babe!
scarf, Cacharel; handbag – a gift from my friend; dress, Talbots; necklace, vintage
Photos: Linda Colarusso
My perfect patriotic accessory isn’t a pair of shoes or a handbag or even a piece of jewelry: it is a scarf. I think scarves are widely underestimated; there are countless ways to wear them which makes them the most versatile of accessories. Around the neck, over the head, down the back, as a belt, or on the wrist – all versions work. I am wearing mine as a tie, under a crisp, white blazer – simple, easy, and colorful. I found it at a charming local boutique but vintage is just as special as new. Try shopping your closet and you may find your perfect scarf accessory waiting to be worn.
Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July!
Shot on location in Chatham, New Jersey. Scarf, Bliss Clothing and Accessories; Blazer, Banana Republic.
My Italian scarf
Clothes tell a story and are part of our collective history and culture. You may think a scarf is just a scarf, but if that scarf is from Italy it represents so much more. A scarf is a piece of Italian thousand-year history that carries tremendous meaning. Because in Italy, a country whom many consider to be the home of Catholicism, it is a traditional element worn in church as a symbol of humility in front of God. And it’s not just Catholicism: all religions share a scarf tradition. The scarf is worn in churches and temples and mosques.
What many tourists don’t understand is that a church is not a museum or just any building: it is a sanctuary and a place of worship with a dress code that should be followed.
Scarves are everywhere in modern-day Italy. This tradition has evolved into a fashion statement while at the same time never losing its original intention. My friend Myriam just returned from Italy and brought back a scarf for me from Milan. This one simple accessory is telling a huge story …
Scarves are the perfect accessory, especially as the weather cools. I have several cold-weather scarves that I wrap around my neck and ears and head – when necessary, just leaving slits for my eyes – as I battle the elements. But I also love to wear lighter weight scarves in this transition season. They are functional and fashionable. Arranging a scarf can be daunting, but I keep it simple ..
… a long scarf gives you the most options …
… wrap the scarf around the front of your neck, cross it in the back, and pull the sides back around to the front ..
… knot the two hanging sides and you have it! …
… or simply wear it long! You can’t miss!
What do you think?
Photos taken at Willow St. Boutique, Summit, New Jersey. Photographer, Janice Maydick.