As the weather starts to turn and wardrobe shifts, certain pieces take more prominent roles in the closet. For example the scarf: scarves are simple and cost effective accessory to a wardrobe. Originally designed for warmth and comfort, its position in fashion has been changing.
Now considered appropriate regardless of any season, today, the scarf is on a similar level with statement jewelry or a great purse. It's a finishing piece that adds another layer to your outfit.
The scarf has its origin in Rome, where its purpose was to help people keep clean, not as a fashion accessory. This cleaning cloth was called a sudarium, meaning sweat cloth. A man would carry one with him while he worked in the hot weather to combat perspiration, wearing it either around his neck on his belt.
Another early use for scarves was a military distinction.
Popular fashion houses manufactured scarves as fashion items in the 1800's. These were usually made from silk with ornate patterns, the most notable examples being those by Hermes.
As fashion scarf production increased due to consumer demand, they were made in cheaper fabrics like rayon. Women who could not afford the silk scarves could now indulge in the fashionable accessory as well.
Scarves moved up in popularity as a common accessory for both men and women as the 20th century wore on. As we've seen in the past scarf fabric, pattern, and style were indicative of current economic and social conditions. Scarves produced during world war II were muted in color to reflect moods and conserve resources, while scarves in the 60's were brightly colored and floral patterned.
How would you describe your favorite scarf? Fun? Classic? Unique? Versatile?
Do you have a favorite way to wear your scarf? Learn easy fun, fashionable ways to wear scarves from this video.
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If the label says the scarf is machine washable, it's most likely safe to use in the washing machine, though hand washing is always best for the fabric.
Remember to use a gentle cycle and don't throw your scarves in with heavy wash loads such as: jeans, bed linens, etc.
1. Fill a sink or large bowl with cool water.
2. Add a small amount of mild soap to the water and create suds.
3. Submerge your scarf fully in the water. Knead & squeeze it through the suds until totally wet.
4. Let the scarf sit in the water for 15 minutes.
5. Drain or pour out the water.
6. Rinse your scarf by holding it under cool tap water. Squeeze and run it under the faucet until the water runs clear through the scarf and there are no suds left.
7. Squeeze water out of your scarf - be gentle! Don't wringe the fabric too hard.
8. Lay out yur scarf and roll the towel, to eliminate a good amount of dampness.
9. Unroll the towel and lay your scarf on a dry towel to completely dry. Never hang the scarf to dry - this could damage its fibers!
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