Scarf season is upon us

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If you allow them to, scarves will work hard for you during the winter months to make that same old puffer and jeans look like an actual put-together outfit. I must admit that the one I wear most often is black—old habits die hard—but I like to mix in colors and prints too just to keep things interesting. This leopard print is pretty classic, and I like this one too.

Bouclé is a really good texture to add to the mix, and this one comes in several good colors.

Here we have a nice simple option in dirt-cheap Mongolian cashmere.

My second-favorite scarf is an old orange one from A Detacher, which this recycled wool number is a good stand-in for.

The color combination and print here are both nicely graphic.

And I like the check pattern here too: it’s a little preppier, but not too much so.

Here is a cashmere and silk option that is similar to (but cheaper than) my favorite Chan Luu scarf.

I dig the nubby texture on this Rachel Comey scarf—it looks like a perfect vintage find.

The yellow stripes on this one are cool, and it’s nicely oversized.

A splurgy camo print in a luxe waffle knit.

I love how chunky this one is, and as you might know by now I always like red and black together, so it’s aces in my book.

This cashmere ribbed scarf comes in a multitude of colors, and the price isn’t bad, for cashmere.

Here’s a lightweight cashmere choice for when you’re trying not to make things bulky.

Another favorite color combination; perfect for pairing with a classic wool overcoat.

This is actually a neck gaiter, but since I might not ever do a post on those I’m including it here cause I think it’s cute.

Just such an excellent, rich red.

This zebra print is nicely statement-y but at the same time it’s not overwhelming or costume-y. I like this choice too.

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21 Thoughts on Scarf season is upon us
    Eloise
    3 Dec 2020
    7:44am

    Some of these are really great looking but am I the only one who needs to go the infinity scarf route? When I don’t, they don’t seem to stay knotted/closed, fall off usually into slush, or just spin around weirdly – adding to my quite the opposite from “put-together” look. Sigh.

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      cw
      3 Dec 2020
      9:42am

      To avoid the scarf-fall-off dilemma, I use the Brit method of folding the scarf in half, draping both ends around one side, then slip those ends through the loop that is made by folding the scarf in half. This is a TERRIBLE explanation. Many, many apologies. No doubt there’s a google search or a youtube video that would explain it in an instant.

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      Jeanne
      3 Dec 2020
      12:54pm

      Eloise: I got a lot of ideas from this quick video. It shows how Europeans make those sophisticated twists and such. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYAEz777AU

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        cw
        3 Dec 2020
        1:16pm

        Excellent video, Jeanne! It’s Number 8 I was trying to describe!!

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      Eloise
      3 Dec 2020
      12:56pm

      Thanks, guys! Still not sure I can swing it but I’ll check out the video Jenny mentioned.

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        Eloise
        3 Dec 2020
        1:18pm

        * Jeanne (damn auto-“correct”)

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    AK
    3 Dec 2020
    8:50am

    Neck gaiter?! Geriatric and or Victorian! Sex it up like the French — it’s a tour de cou 😉 Purrrr.

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      nadine
      3 Dec 2020
      9:57am

      Hahah for some reason I imagined Conan O’Brian’s growl…

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    cw
    3 Dec 2020
    9:45am

    I am deeply in love with my Chan Luu (which I bought because I read about them on this blog). It is the perfect weight. Isn’t itchy and I have managed to fold it into a tiny little square which I stuffed into a plastic baggie pressing out all the air before closing and slipped into a carry-on on many a trip. It may seem pricey, but I’ve worn it and worn it and worn it and it still looks gorgeous.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      3 Dec 2020
      12:23pm

      And they come in about a million colors! Love mine, too, says the menopausal sweaty woman.

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    joannawnyc
    3 Dec 2020
    11:15am

    I succumbed to a lightweight wool leopard print scart from J Crew last week–such fun! So much for my attempt to restrain myself with leopard print accessories …

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    Mamavalveeta03
    3 Dec 2020
    12:19pm

    I love scarves! They really make an outfit – it’s that “3rd piece” factor. And they hide a multitude of chins…..Oops! Sins. 😉

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      Dawn
      3 Dec 2020
      2:13pm

      I have a hard time pulling the trigger on warm, wooly scarves because I knit! But these are all great–loving the zebra stripe. One of my favorite places for great knits, patterns and yarns is The Third Piece, in Boston. Now all virtual since the pandemic and they had to close their shop. Currently knitting the “Newbury” which has been worn by Gisele! 😉

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    Rebecca Cain
    3 Dec 2020
    1:00pm

    I can’t get the mongolian cashmere link to work – anyone able to direct me or let Kim know?

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      Kim France
      3 Dec 2020
      4:46pm

      The link is working for me—anyone else having trouble with it?

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        Rebecca Cain
        3 Dec 2020
        5:13pm

        I switched browsers and – viola – success. Sorry about that!

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    Anita Taylor
    3 Dec 2020
    1:02pm

    While I love a bargain as much as anyone, you only need to read one report of the torturous treatment of some of these animals to realize that there is a reason for the low price. This makes it extremely hard to enjoy wearing.

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      Viajera
      3 Dec 2020
      5:23pm

      This is an important point. I wish there were some sort of middle of the road group who could get into this. (Is there one?) I respect PETA but I’m not sure I always see things the same way. We should be as kind to non-human animals as we can possibly be.

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    Rae
    3 Dec 2020
    1:16pm

    You all are often so helpful with fashion quandaries — here is my scarf related dilemma. I have very fine, longish hair. I can, and do, wear scarves when I pull my hair up in a top-knot BUT if I leave my hair down I end up with a hellacious rat’s nest of a tangle at the back of my head. This means I rarely wear scarves once the temps really dip as I am also always cold. The bun leaves my ears are uncovered so the extra warmth at the neck isn’t enough to compensate.
    Any solutions???

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      AKGB
      3 Dec 2020
      2:45pm

      I have similar hair and I usually pull it back like I’m going to make a low ponytail and twist it all together then tuck the twisted tail over a shoulder and/or inside my collar before I wrap my scarf around things. Doesn’t always solve the problem, but it helps it from getting too terrible. Plus I usually get some sort of fun wave in my hair if it’s twisted and wrapped up for long enough.

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    HickfromStyx
    3 Dec 2020
    5:19pm

    Earmuffs and a coat with a hood?There are some pretty nice ones now.

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