A Shot Of Color (To Chase The Winter Blahs)

Aqua striped cashmere scarf. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been poring over Fashion Weeks images the past few days, but I’m absolutely craving some fresh color in my wardrobe. I need the sartorial equivalent of a double shot of espresso. I’ve been wearing my favorite coral-red scarf day in and day out, but am still on the lookout for some new scarves to update my collection.

Colorful Scarves That Have My Number…

At this point, I’m most interested in scarves that can transition into Spring. And I don’t want to make a major investment. Above, that striped number is tempting, especially on sale…

You don’t have to be Irish to love a Kelly green. This large cotton scarf with tassels is available in several other colors too: some bold, some soft.

If subtler colors appeal, here’s a lightweight option with stitched rainbow stripes.  Wear as a scarf now, and as a shawl when the it’s warmer.

The colors and print on this large square scarf make me think of a tropical drink with a paper umbrella, sipped under a palapa. Don’t you feel warmer already?

Yes, it’s Burberry, so it’s pricey, but they’ve been doing such good colors lately…

Floral, but not twee. That blue is such a great color for most complexions too.

Silk square scarf in Asian leopard print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Museum gift shops can also be an excellent source for beautiful scarves. This one’s from The Met. Isn’t it gorgeous??

How are you beating the Winter Wardrobe Blahs?

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18 Comments

  1. darby callahan
    February 22, 2019 / 5:53 am

    The Met Museum does such beautiful scarves. I am planning a trip there in the near future and just may have to indulge.

  2. Meg
    February 22, 2019 / 6:19 am

    My method is to buy sweaters in lovely spring colors. I have several wool and a few cashmeres that are in soft sorbet colors. Usually you can find these at the very beginning of spring and I snap them up. We have a very long cold spring here and from March -May we can be anywhere from 80 to 20 degrees. Often within 48 hours. So the spring colored warm clothing is a great ‘cheat’ , keeps me warm but lets my soul celebrate spring’s arrival.

  3. February 22, 2019 / 6:39 am

    I have so many scarves and I never wear them. Bought that citrus yellow one to bring spring into my winter wardrobe. I somehow never seem to wrap them nicely around my neck.
    Greetje

  4. Lee Rosenthall
    February 22, 2019 / 6:41 am

    That Met scarf reminds me that I’ve owned for several decades a gorgeous silk scarf with chinoiserie detail, large fuchsia roses, and two beautiful peacocks mirroring each other. It’s a 44-inch square and predominantly black and cream with all kinds of primary colors. I bought it ca 1980 when I was in college and trying to begin to build a “professional” wardrobe. Although silk scarves were my “thing” in my twenties (when none of my friends wore them, and they were not a popular accessory), I *maybe* wore this scarf once – it was just too va-va-voom for me in my twenties, but it’s accompanied me on every move I’ve ever made. I think I might finally be ready to wear it now that I’m approaching 60. Thank you for all the beautiful inspiration!

    • Alison M Gunn
      February 22, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      I am also approaching 60 and my intention now is to wear everything I have put off wearing for one reason or another. I also have scarves from my 20s that feel much more ‘me’ now, including a really lovely navy and cream Gucci floral I gave my mother at one point and then inherited when cleaning out her closet. She had never worn it because (no big surprise) it was in *my* colors, not hers. But now I have it and everything this Spring is going to be about making sure I wear it!

  5. Elizabeth
    February 22, 2019 / 9:40 am

    Just bought a wool car coat in the most luscious coral colour. It was marked down to a ridiculously low price, fits perfectly, is very warm ( needed here in Canada!) and the colour sure beats the winter blahs! Last year, I bought a hot pink cashmere turtle for the same reason.
    I continue to wear ivory and icy blues ( my fellow Canadian “L” in Montreal will shudder at this comment and no offence meant here!) next to my face to brighten things up this winter.
    Susan, just love the striped scarf shown at the beginning of today’s blog.

    • February 22, 2019 / 4:58 pm

      I don’t shudder at anyone’s choice of colours! À chacun son goût! Was only speaking of myself, and your coat sounds lovely. If I say I like or dislike a colour or style, it is only with respect to myself. Variety is wonderful!

      Obviously, I love the scarf with the large feline, as does my very small feline familiar, Livia.

      And no, Livia is not jealous of Choupette. As long as she gets high-quality catfood, vet attention and lots of games and cuddles, she is fine.

  6. JMOD
    February 22, 2019 / 11:02 am

    That green scarf was irresistible- and 40% off.

  7. Margaret
    February 22, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    I love scarves and wear them almost every day. Must say I am vexed by the beautiful silk scarves with center medallions because one can really never show it when it is worn….. i mean the picture with the Met scarf which shows the model displaying part of the leopard is just not a realistic indication of how the scarf can be worn, especially slippery silk. I know the borders show etc but I have learned to be more particular in my scarf acquiring habits and to buy ones where the design features I love can be displayed when worn!

    • ClaraF
      February 23, 2019 / 12:24 pm

      Google MaiTai collection. She has elevated scarf tying to new levels, even those with center medallions.

  8. Chris
    February 22, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    Scarves in the cooler months and necklaces in warmer weather were the way I dressed up my wardobe of basics wwhn I was working. I have a collection of probably 3 dozen scarves, most looped thorugh a couple of scarf hangers on the outer side of my closet door. The oldest is a silk scarf that I wore with my dress coat when I was 15 and the newest is a Chritmas gift from my sister. Some I bought myself and a number were inherited from my mother and aunt who both had good taste. Even though I am now retired and don’t have enough chances to wear the collection, I am still on the lookout for a nice oblong silk in multiple shades of purple.

  9. Jude
    February 22, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    To this day I want your Alexander Mcqueen scarf. I have admired it more than any other. I have never found anything like it. What a find.

    • Susan B
      February 22, 2019 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks, Jude! I still count that scarf as one of my absolute favorite pieces. Can’t wait for some warmer weather to wear it!

    • Darling Lily
      February 22, 2019 / 11:47 pm

      ME, TOO! And I have searched endlessly for it online and elsewhere. It is a magnificent piece.

  10. Laura
    February 22, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    My personal favorites are Desigual scarfs. The beautiful colors just perk me up no matter the time of year.

  11. Liz in Paris
    February 25, 2019 / 10:12 am

    Desigual are my faves too. I have an absolute stunner in bright cobalt blue with multicoloured patterns on it and just bought another in different colours, reduced in the January sales. Definitely not mad about their clothes but the scarves are fantastic!

  12. Duchesse
    March 6, 2019 / 4:27 pm

    Ha! We’re both scarfy today! Gorgeous selection here. Just ordered a cashmere speckled scarf from Brora that will carry me through our still-frigid Canadian winter and then get packed till next fall.

    • Susan B
      March 6, 2019 / 4:45 pm

      I loved your selections today!

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