I believe scarves have magical powers. You’ve seen that classic magic trick where a scarf becomes a bouquet of flowers; or after an incantation of gibberish, a dove suddenly appears out of the center of a handful of colorful scarves? Well, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m not talking about the magic of the mythological Merlin or the flashy grand illusions of David Copperfield or even the street magic of Brooklyn born, David Blane. What I mean; is that I believe scarves will transform me into everything I am not; which is a super stylish, smooth and sophisticated woman; a head turner for all the right reasons (as opposed to being a head turner because people just like to gawk at fashion wrecks as much as they like to look at car wrecks).
For a long time, I have trusted what fashion magazines told me. I believed that wearing a new scarf would make my 5-year-old outfit look current. I believed that a beautiful scarf would turn my 9 to 5 work day suit into cocktail party glad rags. It is my belief in the transformative power of that accessory that fueled my acquisition of about a dozen colorful and intricately patterned slips and wisps of fabric. They are mostly silk or faux silk and I have a few lovely wool gauze and cotton examples. These are my indoor scarfs. I also have outdoor scarves such as my hand crocheted or knitted mufflers, but I don’t include them in this inventory because the outdoor items actually get worn. The indoor scarves live in my dresser draw.
My indoor scarves have rarely seen the light of day. I don’t wear the indoor scarves because I’m useless at tying them in a way that looks fashionable. When I try to revamp the neckline of a dress, I either end up looking like I am trying to hide a neck brace or I look like I grew a wattle; a complete fashion flop. Happily that is all in the past; thanks to a Facebook friend who posted an enlightening and entertaining you tube video created by Wendy’s Lookbook. I’ve watched the video several times and I’ve already mastered the Bunny Ear and the Infinity style. My long dormant scarves are coming out of
hibernation and hopefully they will awaken my tired wardrobe.