A trend or a staple?

Agnes-Ashe-silk-scarf-hand-painted-Valeria-pink-2Last month Vogue UK had an update piece on the Spring/Summer 2015 trends commenting on the presence of all kinds of scarves on the catwalks. So I had a quick click around to see what all the fuss was about and to use the Biblical expression ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’. I guess when you think about it a simple square or length of cloth is an elementary item of clothing and can be tied up into all types of apparel.

But as a ‘scarf’ you can wear a long piece draped artfully round the neck.

Or, a small square can be tied niftily to add a splash of colour.

Of course, draped or tied round your head is always an option.

Or, why not arrange it casually like a shawl or even try out the recent trend for belting your scarf across your body!

Naturally, some folks take styling more seriously than others and my mother took my daughter in hand at an early age!

And, finally the best use for a large scarf – wearing it as a sling for baby.


Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

10 thoughts on “A trend or a staple?”

  1. It’s good to have a large collection to choose from, but I nearly always have some kind of scarf in tow, neck-warming for the use of. Especially this year. Floaty ones work just as well as heavy woolly numbers, I find.

    1. Absolutely with you on the floaty ones – I can’t wear wool as it brings me out in rashes, so in the winter long, floaty chiffon wound round acts like thermal insulation trapping the air. And, conversely in extreme heat I’ve used a pale, lightweight scarf loosely draped over my head instead of a hat. (Found sun + hat + heat = raging headache!)

    1. Yes, I’ve always had scarves, but the Vogue writer (looking at her photo looks late 40s but poss older) seems to have been young at a time when scarves were for the Queen and old ladies only. Don’t know where/when that was ‘cos I don’t think I’ve met any woman who didn’t have a scarf or two, or more – from teenagers all the way through to octogenarians!

  2. Going the full Tom Baker? Doctor Who lore says that that the producer, or costume designer, handed a whole load of wool to a little old lady called Begonia Pope and she thought “alright” and just knitted it all into a scarf and, when they returned for it, it was 35 feet long and a legend was born. As Tom Baker says she couldn’t even move in her hallway for it. I don’t believe a word of it. The oft-remembered Begonia Pope is said to really exist, but I’ve never seen an interview with her.

    1. Yeah – so ‘Tom Baker’ (my fav Doctor actually), but that clothing arrangement was my mum. Great story about Begonia somehow does feel more Doctor Who lore than fact. A scarf that long probably wouldn’t get past health and safety these days. Still I think it was very much a case of the scarf maketh the Doctor.

  3. Did you happen to see the fiftieth anniversary story because Tom Baker came back! Never thought I’d see the day.

    So I have to ask now is your fancy model really your daughter then? Because I imagine a similarity with the middle child picture. Always wondered, never asked.

    1. The 50th, of course! All a little sad, you know, seeing an actor you’ve not seen for a while turn up looking properly old. More generally I don’t like films or programmes that show a lifetime in a 100 minutes or so. It is all the intervening humdrum hours of living that make life’s tragedy bearable.
      Yes, fancy model is my daughter and we usually work quite well together. She has been scouted by Elite, but not actually her thing (believe it or not too shy) – now seriously studying for her degree.

      1. Yes, she is very good, very pretty, although I believe the professional modelling world to be a tough and fraught life. I did imagine for a long time that you used local college models, or something, but I imagine she must be cheaper! I would imagine that finishing a degree would be more beneficial, but these days who knows. Sometimes fortune favours the brave. Do let us know if she “goes pro”.

      2. She was first scouted when she was 17 (they like them younger really) and she was far too bogged down with A Levels further maths etc, etc and also too shy – thank goodness. I wouldn’t have stopped her if she’d really wanted to do it, but I think it is a soul destroying activity and we already knew 2 girls with eating disorders who had been hospitalized. She models my scarves as a favour in return for lifts to gigs, lifts to train stations, proofreading essays and fancy home-cooked vegetarian food!!

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