Ok, I'm not actually going to show you five ways to tie a scarf (although I do love posts like that), but I am going to talk about how this scarf has been a game-changer for me. Let me explain...
My style has mellowed a lot as I've gotten older, which, I guess is pretty normal. But back in high school, I rocked the craziest patterns, like green-snakeskin-print stretchy flared pants; a furry, cow-print miniskirt with an electric-blue lining; and beige-and-plaid hip-hugging jeans. It was the early 2000s, and boy did I rock those looks, as cringe-worthy as they may seem now. But the patterns? And the boldness that came with wearing them? I miss that.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's really important to invest in basics that will last, and I've streamlined my style so that I can make it work in the office and for days off—but that often means neutral colors and simple cuts and patterns. (I want to be able to throw things together quickly and not spend a ton of time standing in front of my closet, wondering what to wear, ahem.) But lately I'm craving something different.
So I've started wearing scarves like this one a lot, and also: a red bandanna; a long, black, slim fabric belt that I wrap around my neck; and a vintage fabric belt of my mom's that works as a skinny scarf. My dad got this blue silky one for me when he was in France this year. It's nothing designer or super expensive, but I love it because it inspired me to try something new and indulge that fashion-risk-taking side of myself.
Here's to getting in touch with our high school style whims: I bet a lot of what you wore has come back in style or can be worked into things you wear today in small ways. (Even if it is snakeskin-print pants or a cow-print miniskirt!) Give it a try... and let me know how it goes!
Photographs by Tom Schelling