I love scarves. I wear them all the time! I know many of you like them too. Ltd 7 places HUGE orders for scarves…frequently. The trending scarf right now is the infinity scarf. It comes in animal prints, chevron and, of course, solids. But did you know that scarves have been around since antiquity? The internet is chock full of tips for the scarf collector. Come to think of it, that could be our next “perfect reason” to buy a new scarf. We are collectors!
There are libraries full books on tips and ideas of what scarves to collect; there are books on scarves in history and of course there are scads of articles and publications about how to tie a scarf on the Internet. Just type in the word “scarf” and you will see what I mean.
A scarf, according Wikipedia, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, or near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors.
Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin as “sweat cloth“, and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarves, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women.
Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors. In later times scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century. The only difference in the soldiers’ scarves that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarves whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarves. The men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie.
But even with this veritable library of materials in today’s blog, (I hope you like history) I am constantly looking for photos and new ways to tie them and clever ways to wear scarves. Are you searching for that new way to “tie one on?” Fashion repeats itself every decade or so; don’t forget to look at older styles, like these:
Whether you are looking for style, warmth, or maybe a little of both, you can find scarves of all kinds, from designer labels to handmade varieties. They can be worn as outerwear or as accessories to complement a particular outfit. Luxurious silk scarves are especially popular as fashion accessories. Aside from silk, scarves are available in many other fabrics and textures, including cotton, wool, rayon, polyester and poly-blends, and even sheer fabrics, which are usually used for headscarves. If you are choosing scarves for outerwear, look for styles that provide thickness and warmth. These are usually closely knit and somewhat more bulky than the dressy varieties. You can select from lush materials such as angora to complement your coat and make a statement, or you can choose a more casual scarf, such as one made from flannel or fleece. There are extra long scarves that can be wrapped around the neck two or three times, while shorter styles are often tucked into the opening of the coat or jacket to keep the neck and upper chest warm.
Selections also include a large variety of fun, whimsical options. You might choose a striped design, trademark characters, or scarves made from shimmering, sparkly yarn. Some have fringe along the ends while others have clean lines, and some are reversible or two-sided so you can create two different looks with one scarf. Hooded varieties are very cute and also provide maximum warmth.
Both fashion and outerwear scarves make great winter accessories and they also make terrific gifts. “IT” is coming folks…faster than you think: gift-giving season is just around the corner. LTD 7 will have plenty of scarves this holiday season and we will even gift wrap your purchases for free. Who on your list might just love a new scarf?
That’s all for this week, folks. Hope to see you soon at one, or both of our LTD 7 locations.
Be sure to wear your favorite “sudarium.”
Living the Dream,
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us, or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson