Foulard de la semaine

Yes, another neck wrap. Temperatures have dropped again (down 30 degrees from earlier this week), and it’s even colder inside the office thanks to an air-conditioning system still calibrated for our recent heat wave.

This is the very inexpensive silk scarf I picked up last fall at Printemps department store in Paris. It didn’t take long to figure out why it was moins chèr; the color began rubbing off in some spots almost immediately. Still, I really love the colors, print and texture of this scarf (it’s incredibly lightweight), and am able to fold it so that the “bald” spots aren’t visible. This is a good lesson to remember when shopping for vintage or used scarves: don’t let a little stain or some color bleeding stop you from buying something you otherwise love if the price is right. You can always find ways to wear it to hide the flaws.

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  1. April 24, 2009 / 1:53 pm

    This may be one of those scarves you tie around the handle of your bag or tuck into pocket.

  2. April 24, 2009 / 3:49 pm

    I love your take on this, Pseu. Rather than making the moral of the story be “only buy quality” or “you get what you pay for,” you’ve validated the instinct that drew you to this — and we’ve all been there. I, too, have a few inexpensive silk scarves that I love for colour and pattern — and I also love that very light weight, so much different to wear than the heavy Hermès silk twill. It’s not as if the seams will come undone or even the hem as a scarf doesn’t endure much wear and tear. Very pretty!

  3. Sue
    April 24, 2009 / 3:59 pm

    Pretty scarf! It looks great with your hair.

  4. April 24, 2009 / 5:03 pm

    amo foulard..lindos, lindos!!!!

  5. April 24, 2009 / 5:06 pm

    Oh, lala. Miss J LOVES this one. The colors are so… well, Miss Janey!

    BTW, Miss Pseu, MIss J wonders how the WW is going? Miss J is considering it…

  6. April 24, 2009 / 8:08 pm

    While I completely appreciate the pricey hermes scarves and have recently stepped over to the dark side and purchased a couple, there is something about my inexpensive especially vintage scarves that I adore. Something always draws me to a particular pattern and they are unique. If you love the colors and it works, then it’s a keeper.

    Plus as you said you can always fold and tie them in ways to hide flaws. Have you seen Mai Tai’s blog on my sidebar? She is incredible with what you can do with a scarf, much like you. She’s gotten me hooked on scarf rings and the magic they can perform on even the most humble of scarves.

  7. Sal
    April 24, 2009 / 5:27 pm

    So true! I’ve got a gorgeous, loosely-woven silver and gold scarf that I snagged on a hanger … but I’m unwilling to give it up. I just wrap it so that the snagged patch is disguised.

  8. April 25, 2009 / 2:44 am

    Can’t believe the color came off!

  9. April 25, 2009 / 1:07 pm

    StyleSpy – it’s a bit too large for that, but if it gets to raggedy to wear, I won’t feel bad about tossing it or using as a lens cleaning cloth.

    materfamilias – thanks! I think when it comes to scarves and jewelry, the “only buy quality” adage really can be ignored. It’s those items that we love regardless of price or quality that are really the icing on our style cake. I love your new avatar pic, BTW. Keep meaning to tell you that.

  10. April 25, 2009 / 1:10 pm

    Sue – thank you.

    Dollystar – muchas gracias.

    Miss Janey – I think these colors would look fabulous on you. I’m going to post an update on the WW either later today or tomorrow, but the short story is that things are going well, if a bit off the paved path.

  11. April 25, 2009 / 1:21 pm

    Sal – I hate it when that happens (snags) but fortunately they’re not fatal.

    Nancy – thanks, that’s my plan. This one may have a shorter shelf life than some others.

    Bonjour Madame – so true. I love wearing something that feels unique. Some of my favorite foulards are my vintage ones.

    Actually I know Mai Tai from the Purse Forum. She’s the star of the Hermès forum, always lovely and so stylish!

  12. April 25, 2009 / 1:22 pm

    Imogen – thanks. Two parts of a secondary triad here, I believe…

    WendyB – I was a bit shocked as well at first. I’ve never had that happen before.

    Rita – wow, those are great finds!

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