Every Girl Needs a Silk Neck Scarf
This may or may not be my personal opinion, but yes, I do believe that every girl should have a silk neck scarf in their repertoire. I don't really know where I developed this opinion, to be honest, but for some reason, the idea of having a silk neck scarf has always seemed like a smart one -- not only because they're timeless but also because they suggest something to me about maturity. I think I first caught onto this at a young age, when I would always question my mother and/or grandmother why they had such a strange piece of fabric tied around their neck(s). What was this really all about? I didn't really understand the point, as it just seemed rather uncomfortable.
To me, the silk neck scarf is just like every other accessory while simultaneously being very different. Each scarf can be manipulated into creating a timeless look, yes, but at the same time, each scarf serves as a reminder of a specific person or a specific moment in time. (hint hint: they do make the perfect gifts)
I say this because as I was organizing my collection the other day, I pulled out two scarves that I would (and still do) bring with me everywhere; they are the ones that I will always wear, no matter how many years go by. This is because I not only love the design of each one but I also love that they each remind me of different people and places.
The first is my first scarf that I received, from my parents on my first trip to Paris. It is one of those very thin scarves from Hermes that you can only wrap around your neck one time (I'm not sure that they make this style anymore). It is silk, with green lilli pads on it. I will admit, looking back at a picture of my sister and I wearing the scarves that we got, it seemed a bit ridiculous that my parents would even think to allow their 10-year olds to wear these in public--I don't know, it seemed wrong. But looking back on it, I'm happy to still have an accessory that I used to wear, and can now re-invent. So, my twenty-year old reinvention of this scarf is this: wrap it around my neck once and tie it in a single knot, which I make sure is on the back of my neck. In essence, it's my own take on wearing a "choker."
The second scarf that I chose out of a tiny pile was one that I recently received from someone special: a vintage Hermes scarf, much larger, and made in my birth year: 1996. Therefore, this specific scarf, unlike the other one, has a different kind of function, a different smell, and a different kind of sentimental value; the person who gave this to me really had to track it down making it not only something that I want to wear but also something that will remind me of this moment in my life forever -- pretty deep stuff if I can say so myself.
Anyways, my main point here is this: a silk neck scarf stands out from other accessories that you may fashion on a day-to-day basis. They're not only beautiful but also timeless. They ultimately serve as reminders of the people and places that have meant something to me at some point in my life. So, maybe you have those things that carry the same meaning--but, for me it's these tiny scarves that for some reason, always seem like the right addition to almost any outfit. Perhaps only because they have a special sort of sentiment unlike other items in my closet.
I've linked some of my current favorites here, from all over.