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Friday, 30 December 2011

Silk Scarf Fashion Return

You know how, long ago, you assumed you had to feel mature before you had children? That's how it is for me with silk scarves.

It's Grace Kelly's fault. I don't know if it's an actual syndrome, but whenever I see a picture of her, within hours I find myself in the vicinity of a silk scarf counter. It's almost Pavlovian. Make that Chekhovian. There's rarely a happy ending to my silk-scarf encounters.

Cashmere and wool scarves I can do. Blankets? Bring them on. I've acquired excellent draping skills. But the dressier version I've never mastered. You know how, long ago, you assumed you had to feel mature before you had children? That's how it is for me with silk scarves.

I've tried the Demi Moore-in-happier-times bandana approach, the Hugh Jackman neckerchief, the Marilyn Monroe headscarf and the leave-it-dangling-either-side-of-the- neck-and-hope-for-the-best-look. It's no go. Most of these attempts never get as far as the front door. The few that did made me feel like Terry-Thomas.

In the end, I took pity on the biggest and most beautiful designs and framed them. There's a wall in my house that looks terrific in scarves. But not me.

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fashion silk scarves

I don't think I'm alone. Scarves are the recession-busters of the fashion world. Since Liberty devoted a whole department to them in its revamp two years ago, sales have risen 12 per cent. Harrods has also expanded its range. A resurgence of interest in print must have helped - many of London's most creative, least traditional designers now produce silk scarves, as do the high street chains. And they're especially popular at Christmas. Selfridges reports sales up 200 per cent this month.

You rarely see anyone wearing them though, do you? That may be about to change because last week I visited Hermès pop-up scarf shop in Harrods. I've always been sceptical about pop-up anything - but this was scarves. By Hermès. And there only until January 3. Obviously, a visit was required.

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Fashion scarf styles

The main selling points, apart from the gazillion patterns and the Grace Kelly link, were Jade and Stuart, two stylish British art-school grads employed by Hermès to think up 500 (plus) things to do with a scarf. These include turning it into a chunky necklace by tying three strategically placed knots in a smallish square, turning it into a bracelet (tying knots into a tiny one), wearing a big one as a sarong, a halter neck top, or a dress, wrapping it around the handles of your bag or turning your lapdog into a lookey-likey Paris Hilton lapdog by giving it a cravat (apparently the Hermès Twilly, its smallest scarf, at £95, is all the rage in the canine world this season). But for me, the square de triomphe was the lovely, big, colourful squashy hob-style Hermès bag Jade made out of one of the largest scarves. Forget the usual three grand you kiss goodbye when investing in Hermès arm candy. This bag is yours for the price of a scarf.

Although the bag option requires the largest Hermès scarf (120cm x120cm), it turns out to be the simplest to execute. You take two diametrically opposite corners, tie them and pull up the ends; then do the same with the two remaining corners and…well, it's tricky to explain, but try it and you'll see how easy it is. Even I can do it.

Hermès handbag sells for £129,865 Admittedly, it didn't have a lining, internal pockets, key fobs or a secret compartment for your laptop, but it's the Kate Moss of bags - excellent on a beach holiday, not quite so good in the office. Did I mention that the large Hermès scarves cost £750? Mind you, it's not written in stone that it has to be Hermès. Obviously, the colours are rich and saturated, the silk densely woven and the patterns infinite in their variety, from classic to psychedelic or graffitied. But since last week, I've had quite some success with an excellent little silk scarf from Oasis that I discovered in my drawer.

One tip is to fold it properly so that it doesn't slide apart on your neck like some gaping, garish wound. The secret is to fold towards the middle rather than roll it. And the more you use your scarf, the softer and more pliable the silk becomes. It's warm, too - perfect with an open-necked shirt. So there you are, my final tip for Christmas: a silk scarf. Not a boring present at all.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Chunky Scarf Knitting Patterns

Chunky Scarf Knitting Patterns
Free Chunky Scarf Pattern

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Materials Needed: 1 skein of Naturally Aspire, 12mm needels

Abbreviations - K – Knit; P – Purl; K2tog – Knit 2 Tog; YO – Yarn Over

Cast on 14 stitches
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K
Row 4: K
Row 5: K1 *k2tog, yo* to last stitch, K1
Row 6: P
Row 7: K1 *yo, k2tog* to last stitch, K1
Row 8: P
Row 9: K1 *k2tog, yo* to last stitch, K1
Row 10: P

Repeat Rows 1-10 until desired length. Knit 4 rows. Cast off.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Luscious Vintage Velvet Leopard Print Neck Scarf

Leopard Print Neck Scarf

A smart stylish ladies vintage velvet leopard print ladies neck scarf. It has a satin black lining. Probably dates from the 50's or possible earlier. But don't let the date hold you back, it's in excellent condition and fit for a queen. Measures 59 inches long, 10 inches wide.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Tips on Chiffon Scarf Care


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Chiffon scarves are delicate scarves that need to be kept safely and properly. Chiffon fabric needs a careful maintenance to keep it soft and new-like. There are some easy ways and washing habits that will be helpful in taking chiffon scarf care.
  • Avoid washing in the washing machine. Hand washing is suggested.
  • A gelatine solution dip keeps it colors safe. Use a gelatine solution using a teaspoon of unflavored gelatine with half a liter of water.
  • Do not dry in direct sunlight. Let it wind dry in a shaded area.
  • Always iron using a cool iron. Keep away from direct heat.
  • Fold it and store in a safe place.
All of the above tips and suggestions will keep its colors intact and will increase its longevity.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Silk Scarves is a Luxury Clothing Accessories

Silk scarves are one of the most common pieces of clothing accessories preferred by fashionable people througout the world. Silk scarves are the fabulous and versatile fashion accessory suitable to everyone. These gorgeous fashion accessories provide warmth during the cold and chilly season. These silk scarves are also useful in preventing the wind, rain and snow from blowing down your neck. Silk scarves are also cool in the summer and hot weather. There are many ways to tie a silk scarf. The style of tying a scarf include shape, size and the design on the scarf and are available in variety of sizes, designs, colors and patterns. Silk scarf is to wrap on the head makes hair style for the girls and also protect hair from the dirt and rain.

These silk head scarves are the rock style fashion. Silk scarves also worn around the neck and waist gives a very rural look. Silk scarves can also be used as hip scarves, where a long oblong silk scarf is draped around the hips like a scarf belt. Long and wider scarves one can just wrap it around in the form of a shawl. Silk scarves goes well with any outfit. Silk scarves can be used by both men and women. Silk scarves are the great way to add flare to an outfit worn in anytime, anywhere. You feel special and unique to adding a silk scarf with your any dress. These accouterments come in a variety of sizes and colors and designs to fit anyone’s personal fashion. Silk scarves are universally appreciated and the unique pieces are increasing demand day to day.


Fashion Scarves

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Updating Your Fashion Look With Scarves



If you want to update your look just in time for the upcoming season or raring to reinvent yourself and make a good impression in the office, it would be wise to spend on pieces that can do wonders for your existing wardrobe rather than splurging on trendy apparel that would go out of style in a few months anyway.

Try investing on scarves for women. With the interesting possibilities of this classic fashion piece, you'd end up looking your best in any occasion without breaking the bank. It doesn't take much effort learning how to wear a scarf. The simplest way to wear it is to let it hang on your shoulders and you have already created a new look for your old clothes. This style can easily extend the function of a simple office dress making it look appropriate for a business dinner later in the day.

You can actually combine scarves with just about any type of clothes--an all-black ensemble, a plain shirt or a shift dress--and it would look just as classy. It can also add color to an otherwise drab outfit. When you get the hang of it, wearing scarves for women can become second nature and even boost your confidence. Don't be afraid to mix and match. As you go along, you will develop a knack for combining your scarves with your existing wardrobe and help you pick new clothes easily using them as color guide too.



What's nice about wearing scarves is that it is never boring. You can try out different materials. Each type can exude a distinct look. A silk scarf is a good fashion investment as you can show off an exquisite look for formal or special occasions. For the more casual occasions, try cotton or the fabric of the moment, preferably in different shapes and sizes so you can create more styles. These also come in materials such as satin, rayon, pashmina, cashmere, wool, velvet, chiffon, chenille, Georgette, nylon and polyester. Some are beaded and there are also crochet types if you feel like adding up a touch of vintage to your overall mien. Handmade is nice too as it is unique and special.

Aside from the material, experimenting with patterns is also fun. You can go for scarves that reflect your personality or the opposite. If your friends or co-workers expect you to wear floral, why not try geometric or animal prints instead? Keep on exploring and adding up a piece or two as you go along your fashion journey. The versatility of scarves for women is one of the main reasons it never goes out of style. It can easily perk up your look even when you're just wearing it ascot style or covering your tousled hair. It can highlight your assets or hide imperfections.

If you want to flaunt your small waist, use your scarf as a belt, tied loosely around your hips. If you want to bare one shoulder, tie your scarf to form a Venus neckline. This is great when you're wearing a tube top or dress. You may use it as a headband, regular belt, to keep yourself warm and fashionable during winter, as accent to a formal dress, wear it to the beach, as a turban or a shrug. Scarves for women are also nice alternative to jackets if you want to give your look a fresh approach. If you are required to wear jackets at work, you can still use scarf as an undercoat.

Updating your look need not take much effort and money. Sometimes it only takes one piece of accessory to reinvent yourself. With scarves though, it would be hard to resist the stylish options available so any woman has an excuse to have a collection.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Fashion Silk Scarves


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Scarves are one of the most popular accessory items out there for men and women. The most popular of all the types would be silk scarves. The beautiful nature of the silk allows them to offer never-ending options to enhance your wardrobe. A silk scarf can range from the most lightweight to more delicate and even gossamer light such as a chiffon scarf or chiffon wrap would be. They can be worn in so many different styles, as an example, what about a head cover, a belt, sashes, or even more of a dramatic accent like a shawl tossed over the shoulder. No matter if you are looking to add a subtle touch to your outfit or more of a dramatic flair, silk scarves are the answer to mixing up your wardrobe and making it look fresh again.

But what is it about silk scarves that makes them so special? The most basic answer is that they are made out of silk. Silk was, for hundreds of years, provided the reputation of a most luxurious and sensual fabric. It has been long associated with qualities such as success and wealth. To help better appreciate why silk is so highly valued, let's take a look at a few of its qualities.


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Silk:
  • Is the strongest of all of the natural fibers. A strand of silk will be harder to break than one of the same diameter made out of steel
  • Is porous, which allows it to breathe and take in moisture. Because of this quality, it remains cool in the summer and warm for the winter.
  • It takes on dye well and easily absorbs deep colors including the brightest, most iridescent ones that are so brilliant in appearance. Even better is that in most cases silk prints look almost as good on the back side as they do on the front.
  • Creates lustre and beauty because its smooth fiber allows it to be light reflective.
  • Is highly mold resistant, which makes it even stronger than cotton or the best wool.
  • Successfully improves the quality of the wardrobe, giving it a sensual feel and enhancing your look while it beautifully drapes on your body and holds its shape.

Cashmere Scarves Elegant Clothing Accessory

It goes without saying that we all need clothing, not just for looking good but for feeling warm and comfortable. Though most people tend to wear what they can afford, everyone allows themselves at least a few luxury items in their wardrobe. Whether it's a pair of designer shoes or a classically-cut suit, it always makes the wearer feel that little bit special.

The average winter wardrobe contains the usual items; some warm coats, thick knitted jumpers and woolly hats and gloves are just some of them. For many, one of the must-haves is a scarf. In the cold months, a significant amount of people wouldn't leave the home without one. Cashmere scarves are considered to be some of the best.

The material, famed for its softness and heat-retaining qualities, is obtained from the Cashmere goat. It's an extremely efficient insulator, and keeps the neck free from the biting wind and overpowering cold. The goats are found all over the world, although the biggest producer of the fabric is China.

There are many wonderful clothing retailers in the high street, including some of the world's most famous fashion names. Superb scarves can be found in every store, and Cashmere ones are simply the most luxurious. Available in all types of colours and styles, the hard part isn't finding them, it's deciding which one to buy.

Online retailers also have a wide variety of Cashmere scarves to choose from, including some from prominent designers. Every famous name can be found, fresh from the catwalks of Milan, Paris, London and New York.

Shopping on the Internet is so simple, and can be done from the comfort of one's own home. It's so easy to see the latest styles without having to barge through the crowds. Pictures of the garments, in each style and colour, can be viewed on the computer screen, making it easy to select the right item with confidence.


Scarves made from synthetic materials cannot retain the heat like Cashmere ones do, and are nowhere near as warm or soft to the touch. For these reasons alone, many people wouldn't even consider owning man-made scarves.

Pure Cashmere scarves are available from around £25, although some can be found for less. Whether you're looking for a plain colour or a patterned one, they're easy to locate. Among the most noticeable patterns are small and large checks, and brightly coloured stripes.

The material, distinctively elegant, is also used to make jumpers and cardigans, and is mixed with other fabrics to make other items such as socks, tights and gloves. Cashmere is a beautiful and exceedingly versatile substance, and has been popular with people for centuries.

It's the softness of the fibres that gives Cashmere its distinctive feel. The lightweight strands are easy to spin into thin or thick yarns, which adds to its versatility. Taking a little time to select the right scarf will ensure you locate the perfect one. The reward will be a warm and supremely soft garment that will last a lifetime.

Cashmere scarves are a wonderful luxury item. These high quality scarves are available from many good online retailers.