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Friday, 7 December 2012

All about scarves

As I clearly am beyond obsessed with them all year round and I haven't done one for ages, it seems entirely appropriate to dedicate an entire blog to all things scarves.  

People have commented that "you always wear a big scarf - you only have one look".  Frankly I completely disagree.  I have (I know!) a huge array of scarves and I think they can completely alter an outfit moving it from a smart dimension into a much more laid back, dressed down vibe - depending on which scarf you put with it.  A skinny jersey scarf, a patterned silk and cashmere mix, a lighter cotton number to a full on winter warmer. 

I think they are the perfect addition to any wardrobe, in any guise - an immediate injection of colour or texture to add interest.  And in this weather, hell, they're completely invaluable for pure practicality and warmth.

Hopefully there are some of you out there who wear scarves as often as I do.  In which case, this will be a great post for you and if not, it may well give you some great present ideas.  How's the Christmas shopping going by the way?  I spent 30 minutes of my life that I'll never get back, in the queue at the Disneystore yesterday and clearly didn't touch the sides of the list.  I then went dress shopping.  We'll discuss that another day....... 

So without further ado, let's crack on with the scarves.

Firstly let's start with my ultimate wish list one.  I have lusted after this since the beginning of the season - it's just gorgeous.  In fact a friend of mine came over with it on the other week and she was very lucky to take it home with her...!  Definitely one to go on Santa's list - or treating yourself if you've been a very (very very very) good girl.

Actually it's probably an appropriate time to point out how good an investment a scarf can be.   As you may have noticed, I have a Louis Vuitton scarf.  Which was £495.  Yup nearly £500.  Faint.  Puke.  An obscene, absurd amount of money for a scarf.  In my defence it was a Christmas present 5 years ago just after I'd had a hideous miscarriage and I really did need cheering up  (I may also have got my Philip Lim 3.1 coat which puts the amount the scarf cost into the pale but let's not go there).  And I have more than got my money's worth.  I have worn it to weddings, funerals, the school run, parties - simply any occasion that I can think of.  In fact, I forgot a blanket for RR3 when we bought him back from the hospital after he was born and so he came home wrapped in an LV leopard print shawl.  So if we're working out cost per wear - I use it at least once a week if not more and have done for 5 years - I think it's more than paid for itself.  And it's not even on its last legs.  There is plenty of mileage in it.  Crux of the story - go forth and spend. 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Dragon scale scarf from My Wardrobe




If you love the colour of that scarf but the price tag isn't quite as appealing, I can also highly recommend the Stella & Dot scarves.   At £45 these are a lot more palatable price wise and make a perfect present (and it would be rude not to put one in for yourself as well, no?)  Another reason I love these scarves is that whilst they're great for adding interest to a winter outfit and keeping your neck warm (although they're clearly not going to suffice on a full on snow laiden winter's walk), they're perfect for taking you into the Spring/Summer. 

The Bryant Park Scarf in pink from Stella & Dot





The Bryant Park Scarf in Blue 





The Bryant Park scarf in Poppy 




And the Bryant Park scarf in Tan   Not entirely sure why they all have the same name when they're clearly completely different scarves but hey ho.  



Staying on the lighter weight scarves, I love these from Mint Velvet.  I got the apricot tassel one last Spring and am very much looking forward to wearing it again next year.  Lovely quality and great value for money. 

I also think that plain scarves work really well with patterned jeans (which I'm certainly still wearing and are definitely still for sale) and (I appreciate they're marmite...) motif jumpers.   Or any patterned top for that matter.  It takes a lot of thought to put two patterns together - tis much easier to lob a plain scarf over the top and you're off. 

Charcoal Marl Tassel Scarf 



Fantastically versatile in Neutral 




And a lovely black version.  I've actually found it really difficult to get a decent black scarf - texture is key and this would definitely get a lot of use were it in my wardrobe.  




Now moving on to one of my favourite websites where over the years I have bought a fair bit. You can always rely on Plumo to have some great things it's virtually impossible to get on the high street. 

Here is my selection of my favourite scarves they have this year. 

The Supernova Wrap star scarf 



This is by a Danish company called Becksondergard and can be found in a number of small boutiques.  it comes in a number of colourways and I just love it. 

Moving onto chunkier scarves, I am in love with two from Plumo.  

Firstly the Neon Fringe Scarf.  If I didn't have my crocheted Eley Kishimoto one (which I bought from Harvey Nichols 12 years ago.  Again, goes to show how great a long term investment they can be)  I would have already snapped this one up. 



And secondly the Catalan Scarf.  I may have had this in mind when I got the significantly cheaper H&M wine one earlier in the season.  Love. 



If you are looking for a check scarf, then this one from Marks may be up your street.  I love the classic colours which will pretty much go with anything.  I can't actually find it online though - duh. (I rather think it might be a shawl instead of a scarf but still couldn't find it.  I certainly would wear it as a scarf though - shawls really aren't my thing)  They do have a couple of checked scarves for the same price of £25 (complete bargain as it is wool and British made as well)


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Lastly, I honestly think you could do worse than a classic pashmina.  Yes, yes, I know they are totally old hat and worn round your shoulders at a wedding, I would completely agree.  No.  No no no.  Naff as a naff thing.  But worn as a scarf (however not tied Sloaney Pony style pulled through a loop a la Kate Middleton) there really is nothing more luxurious.  The bigger the better.  I have had mine for again, 12 years from Fenwicks and again, I wear it every year.  (see below!) 

Pure Collection do beautiful huge ones. 



I'm sure there are loads more I've come across that I meant to add to the list.  Have no fear, I shall be continuing with the Christmas list theme over the next week. 

So rounding off with what I've been wearing the last week.


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White l/s longline top - Baukjen
Charcoal cowl neck top - FCUK
Tie dye navy jeans - H&M
Grey jersey scarf - Cos
Black boiled wool coat - Ronit Zilkha
Black biker boots - Kurt Geiger
Black wrist warmers - H&M
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs 

Wednesday for another Taylor Stephens party at my house.  Fantastic!! (see Thurday's outfit) 


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Navy jumper - H&M
Black, navy, beige leopard print trousers - Whistles
Navy boiled wool peacoat - Zara
Tan leather gloves - So old I've no idea where from 
Black suede and patent boots - LK Bennett
Black and navy leopard print scarf - By Malene Birger
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Indira Necklace - Stella & Dot

And here I am sporting some of my new Taylor Stephens goodies on Thursday.  I went out last night to a friend's house for drinks (and some jewellery shopping!) and changed my long sleeved top for a vest and my old boots for heels.  Beyond pleased with my purchases. 

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White l/s top - Baukjen (changed for white longline vest - Joseph in evening) 
Beige cross front jersey top - Taylor Stephens
Beige Kirsten jeans - Topshop
Camel pashmina - Fenwicks
Fur Gilet - Taylor Stephens
Pegasus necklace - Stella & Dot
Brown leather and gold chain detail cuff - Hultquist
Tan leather and suede knee high boots - La Redoute (Camel Cypress boots - Acne in evening)
Chestnut cross body bag - Campomaggi from Plumo 

Off to get changed for our Mums night out from school.  Hopefully see you tomorrow! 



51 comments:

  1. I do love a good scarf, I probably have far too many, particularly animal print ones but I can never resist!

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  2. I wear a scarf everyday, whatever the weather, it's part of my 'uniform' i don't feel dressed without one!! I am never knowingley underscarved....
    Sharron x

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  3. I want the Taylor Stephens cross front top!! When are we going to get this stuff in the south west?? Love it!! Nearest I can find to it is a House of Fraser Label Lab top, although it's a fair bit longer!! Thank The Lord it's Christmas as my wish list is growing & growing.....brilliant scarf selection!! Your style is spot on as usual!!

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  4. I've struggled to find a plain black scarf and that suggestion above might just be the ticket! And that Catalan Plumo one has been on my radar too. Love your TS gilet!

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  5. I love that Bryant park blue scarf. I may have to see if it can be delivered to Ireland.

    Ages ago you mentioned that you might do a scarf wearing tutorial. I definitely need help - my scarves never look as nice as yours so I would love to see a tutorial some time.

    Enjoy your night out.
    Brenda

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  6. Love your Taylor Stephens top.
    Wish they had website and were available country wide.
    Sue

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  7. Oooh...another one here loving the Taylor Stephens top! Is there a way to order on line/phone? Big fan of your blog! X

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  8. I've got the pink Marc Jacobs (early christmas present!)...it's completely gorgeous. And I love that bag of yours...it's on my wish list.

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  9. Hi Kat, think your Louis Vuitton scarf was a great buy on £ per wear value. Love the way you wear all your scarves. Please, please could you do a tutorial on wearing them ? Have some vintage All Saints scarves with tassels that you'd rock. You always look great and I love your blog.

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  10. Gorgeous selection of scarves, kinda' want them all (and don't think Santa is going to be that generous!) I'm echoing many of the above comments ... any chance of Taylor Stephens starting a website or, better still, coming to Dublin?

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  11. I love scarves - I bought 3 this week! Love the navy outfit! Love the pegasus necklace - bought a poor man's version in Zara recently!

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  12. I couldn't agree with you more. I think a scarf can be a really good and sometimes inexpensive way of changing a whole outfit...keep shopping thats what I say!

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  13. Yep, me too loving d scarves. A scarf is agreat accessory to brighten or finish an outfit, and can camoflage well, especially after d c
    hristmas eating/drinks!

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  14. Lovely scarves! And thank you (I think!) for introducing me to Plumo, I can't think of the last time I found a new site, fall in love and want it all! *sigh*
    Linda

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  15. I emailed Taylor Stephens and asked them re doing something in Scotland and/or bring able to order online and never got a reply....perhaps you could ask them if they have any plans Kat because they ain't speaking to me!

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  16. I think a scarf tying post might be in order - whats the non naff way?

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  17. I have been eyeing that Marc Jacobs scarf too. I like the grey version...
    First thing I'll buy when I win the lottery!

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  18. I've been lusting after that Becksondergaard star scarf for ages, I agree that scarves are a fab investment but I can't quite bring myself to spend £75 on one!

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  20. Do you think you could write up prices next to the items you are wearing? It's quite good to have a reference point so that if I see something I like and then find it online or on the high street I know how many ££s I should be paying. It doesn't need to be accurate just a rough guess.

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  22. I love scarfs too! Sadly though Ebay is all I can afford.. I've had some wonderful buys though, and others not so great!

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  23. I also love scarfs but couldn't bring myself to buy L V one for 495.00. I have a cheaper version one. Love the star one

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  26. In response to katiedz, Stella and Dot have this great video of 10 scarf tying ideas!

    I use a one of those canvas hanging wardrobe storage racks to store my scarves in and I can't fit them all in, even though there are 18 pockets which can each hold up to three scarves.....and now Kat goes and makes me fall in love with at least three more scarves! It could be time for a shoe cull, to make some room......

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    1. BTW the words "this great video" above is the link to the vid.....it doesn't show up well on here!

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  27. Hi there, new, and very addicted addition to your fab blog! Slightly loopy, full time Mummy of 2 preschool shorties - your blog is my guilty pleasure once they're in bed & before hubby arrives home! Please can you tell me when you bought your navy boiled wool peacoat from Zara. And, is the cross front top from Taylor Stephenson available to those of us residing in Cheshire?? Thanks x

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    1. Thank you! Oh I'm so so sorry but Taylor Stephens only operate in the South East at the moment I believe. And they only have a certain number of each piece and when they're gone, they're gone. That boiled wool coat is from two winters ago, so again, I doubt whether you'll be able to get hold of it. Try Phase Eight for similar cross front tops though. Hope that helps! Kat xx

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    2. Thanks Kat! Emma from TS has kindly offered to send me a top but they only have brown left. So I may hang on until the new stock arrives. But thanks to you & Emma for being so helpful! In the meantime I'm scouring eBay for All Saints pirate cowls! Keep up the great work with your blog! It's inspirational - I start the 5th decade in March and it's interesting to read of someone else with the mutton/frump debate. X Anna X

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