More Fashion Notes from Europe

‘How long does it take you to buy a scarf?’ said my impatient husband as he waited for me outside the shop in AnaCapri.

Men are not patient shoppers. It’s a long time as they wait for you and a short time as you wait for them while they browse in the high-tech shop. Ah! The delights of relationships!

Scarves interest me and I love finding new, modern ways of wearing them. Although it was the end of summer going into autumn in the northern hemisphere, I noticed two simple ways British and French women were wearing their scarves. Their styles can be translated to any time of the year. It is just the material that will change and a slight adaption for age and weather.

Here are my three scarf translations. Two are simple and the third one is a new Italian translation.

The Simple V Scarf

The young like life simple and casual. When they wear scarves, they are simple, casual and chic. Take an oblong scarf (or one that can be folded into an oblong shape) and fold it in half lengthwise. Put it around your neck and thread the two loose ends through the folded part. Leave it a bit loose not tight round your neck. Drape it to your left or your right side (your choice). Done.

To get the ‘casual chic’ look, make the loose ends a little uneven as your fold it in half. This looks less formal. If necessary, pin the scarf in place with a small safety pin from the inside of your top, dress or jumper.

It also works if you have a left-over piece of light-weight material that is oblong (ie longer than wider). Use the same folding technique above.

The U Shape Scarf

This is not new. It is Gen Y’s favourite way to wear a scarf as it is a very simple technique that looks good. For this you also need an oblong scarf or one that can be folded into an oblong shape. Start with the centre point in front of your neck. Throw the ends over your shoulders and back around to hang down the front of you. Simple.

Here’s how to get the best out of this style ie age-smart casual chic. Make sure it is not tight on your neck. Pull it down a bit at the front so your face shines. Adjust the scarf so the ends are a little unequal. This avoids the formal ‘everything must be equal’ look of our younger days. If you are wearing a square scarf folded into an oblong shape, pull the front out to make a V shape down your chest. Then make the end finish shorter than the bottom of the V.

The Scarf cum Belt

This is the scarf I had to have and the reason for my husband’s impatience. The shop owner was showing me how I could swap scarves and use the technique for any scarf. It also took time to choose the perfect scarf colour. I went for classic brown tones.

The scarf is simple a gold buckle and ring. You fold up your scarf into an oblong shape and tie the ends on to buckle and ring part. What makes it unusual is that a stretchy style beaded bracelet is folded round and round over the ring end.

Worn as a scarf, you can place the buckle and beaded part on your right or left. Worn as a soft hip or waist belt, it gently defines your shape.

There you  have it – Europe’s favourite scarf techniques to translate to an Australian summer or any season in any country of the world.

(Article sent to readers of ‘The Fashion Translator’ ezine on 16 November 2011. Click here to sign up for the ezine.)

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