Foulard de la semaine

This sheer silk square works well for all but the warmest weather. I love the mix of the autumnal hues of the scarf (olive, cream, rust, mustard) with the soft turquoise sweater.

This Liberty of London scarf was inherited from ma grand-mere, and is at least fifty forty years old. Over the weekend, I crossed my fingers and toes, and gently washed it in cold water with Palmolive to remove some grease stains on the border. It came through like a champ, sans stains!

Though some scarf aficionados recommend dry cleaning, many silk scarves can be hand washed, but it’s advisable to use a color catcher in case any of the colors bleed. Either way, it’s best to clean or wash only when absolutely necessary; usually just a bit of freshening is all that’s needed. Drape the scarf over the rung of a hanger, and hang in an open area with good circulation for a few hours (but never in direct sunlight).
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22 Comments

  1. July 20, 2009 / 1:34 pm

    Charming heirloom scarf, so floaty and flattering. It’s remarkable it survived in such condition over the years.

  2. July 20, 2009 / 2:21 pm

    Nice Chan Luu wraps, and a very cool turquoise bracelet!

  3. July 20, 2009 / 2:38 pm

    Oh, so pretty, and how lucky you are to wear something that your grandma wore and have it still be so stylish!

  4. July 20, 2009 / 4:24 pm

    Very pretty, and is that a green turquoise bracelet?

  5. July 20, 2009 / 4:31 pm

    Duchesse – thank you. Though it has held up well, I realized my initial calculation was off; it’s probably closer to forty years old than fifty, based on when my grandmother was travelling.

    Sal – thanks! this one was always sheer, but yes, they do age nicely.

    dana – Thank you!

  6. July 20, 2009 / 4:34 pm

    materfamilias – I think my grandmother’s style was mostly quite classic and timeless, though a few of her scarves and some jewelry are mostly what I wear. I have boxes of beautiful white cotton gloves in storage that I don’t anticipate will be coming back into style anytime soon…

    Rita – thank you! The bracelet (not the small pearl wrap, but the other one) is actually green Swartovski (sp?) crystal beads with a rough cut tuquoise stone. It’s a very unusual piece I picked up a few years ago and wear often.

  7. July 20, 2009 / 5:12 pm

    LOVE these colors together. And the history of the scarf is just the cherry on top.

  8. Katriona
    July 20, 2009 / 5:23 pm

    That scarf is lovely– and I love BOTH of the bracelets. Altogether a very good combination of both colours and textures!

  9. Sal
    July 20, 2009 / 2:01 pm

    Gorgeous. I love the way vintage scarves get a bit sheer naturally.

  10. July 20, 2009 / 11:43 pm

    I love a scarf with some history! I have a silk scarf that belonged to my great aunt – and must be at least 40 years old!

  11. July 21, 2009 / 1:45 am

    The scarf is lovely…can you give me some scoop on the bracelets? I really like them!

  12. Meg
    July 20, 2009 / 7:15 pm

    Great colors! And I love scarves! I wish I could wear them more here in Florida 🙁

  13. July 21, 2009 / 2:55 am

    hollarback – thanks!

    Katriona – thank you. I love mixing textures as well as colors.

    Meg – thanks. I think I would have a very tough time in a climate as warm as Florida.

  14. July 21, 2009 / 2:57 am

    Imogen – I hope you’ll show us that scarf soon!

    Daffodil Planter – I’d never heard of them either until recently, but my scarf-loving friends swear by them. And thank you!

  15. July 21, 2009 / 3:01 am

    WendyB – it’s the best kind of vintage, for sure!

    L – Thanks! The wrap bracelet with the small pearls is one of the Chan Luu bracelets I posted about on June 22. The other bracelet is one I’ve had for a while and don’t know the designer or brand. It’s a stretchy bracelet with green Swarovski crystal beads and a rough cut chunk of turquoise. It’s one of my very favorites!

  16. Daffodil Planter
    July 21, 2009 / 12:02 am

    Color catcher, eh? And I thought I knew all about hand washing.

    The scarf is lovely on so many levels.

  17. WendyB
    July 21, 2009 / 12:51 am

    Wow! homegrown vintage.

  18. La Belette Rouge
    July 21, 2009 / 4:22 am

    Perfect weight scarf for the weather we are having. And, gorgeous colours!

  19. July 21, 2009 / 5:34 pm

    I lovelovelove that color combination.

  20. July 22, 2009 / 12:11 am

    Wow Sue, how awesome that this vintage scarf came from your grandmother!
    I love sheer silk scarves in summer. I find them to be very soft and sexy.

  21. August 7, 2009 / 12:11 am

    Icy – ooh, intruiging idea! I’ll have to look into that option.

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