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please help - scarf virgin!

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bessie26 Tue 07-Feb-12 13:29:50

I need to wear a scarf - but which one? Whenever I try them on in the shops I just feel an idiot - like I'm someone dressing up so they look like a grown-up (I am 39)

I wear mainly slim/skinny jeans & tunic-type tops. I don't really do "girly". Where do I start?

deaconblue Tue 07-Feb-12 14:30:53

Me too. Shall lurk with interest. I find scarves fussy and irritating but am always envious of how good other people look in them

imoanruby Tue 07-Feb-12 14:48:07

I have loads of scarves and wear one most days. At first i did feel very self concious - like i was trying to look grown up (36) but i stuck with and am so glad i did.

I love them, they can hide a multitued (sp?) of sins and as i'm quite a dull dresser, all brown, navy and grey i use them to liven my outfit up a bit.

Why not just buy a cheap one in primark and see how you go with it, if it's a nice long one you'll have lots of options in how you wear it....if you like it you could buy some more....

QueenCadbury Tue 07-Feb-12 15:10:33

I posted a similiar thread today too called struggling with scarves.

So glad I'm not the only one who can't seem to pull off the effortless chic look!

bessie26 Tue 07-Feb-12 15:20:17

<sighs with relief that she's not the only one struggling!>

my friend wears them all the time. If I pop round there with the toddler, she's got one on & looks fab - if I put the same one on, I look like I'm desparately trying to get dressed up and failing

imoanruby - you give me hope. I shall get one & wear it around the house in the hope that it will quickly become used to it (how long did it take). It doesn't help that I know DH will take the piss ask me if I'm cold!

imoanruby Tue 07-Feb-12 16:14:35

The first couple of days i felt exactly like that (i am not girly either and mainly wear the same thing most days: straight leg jeans, plain top and a blazer with a pair of converse) then a couple of people who i don't know very well told me they looked very nice so i stuck with it.

Dh thought it was hilarious to ask me if i was cold for at least the first fortnight, then he got bored as i'm sure your dh will!!

I love them especially when having an off day when i feel fat and bloated as a lovely long scarf hides everything!

I also normally have one in my handbag too, they have been used as blankets, bibs and all manner of things - i couldn't live without them!!

bessie26 Tue 07-Feb-12 16:22:40

imoanruby I LOVE my converse - am hoping I can co-ordinate my scarf with them grin

imoanruby Tue 07-Feb-12 16:36:42

bessie26 i live in them and have about 8 pairs in various colours with scarves to match them all...that doesn't sound good but it works for me!

TheNewandImprovedMrsHollywood Tue 07-Feb-12 16:43:22

I can't do links on my phone, but there's a truly fab video on YouTube about different ways to tie a scarf. It's by a woman called Wendy, IIRC, and she's a very stylish lady!

bessie26 Thu 09-Feb-12 23:04:55

Well, I did it. I went to Sainsbury's and bought a scarf! It's actually quite nice - it's a bit of a snakeskin-type print in grey/white, I thought I'd start off plain-ish & am hoping the grey will go with alot of my tops. I wore it for a bit, but then had to cook & it got in the way, so had to put it away again (do you wear yours all day long?)

That video on YouTube is brilliant - am planning to give a few of them a go tomorrow afternoon while DH is at work & the DC are napping!

imoanruby Fri 10-Feb-12 14:05:19

Well done!!!

I always wrap mine round and round when cooking as i don't like the cold when i take it off!!

Stick with and let us know how you go, honestly in a week you'll feel like you've always worn one!

CeliaFate Fri 10-Feb-12 14:50:00

I've got into scarves recently too. At first I felt ridiculous, but now I wear them a lot. Have a look at the sales, I got a gorgeous red one reduced to £5. Accessorize are also good and, surprisingly, Claire's Accessories have some lovely ones, not just for teenagers.

Psocid Fri 10-Feb-12 15:02:40

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYAEz777AU&feature=player_embedded#%21

I love scarves!

Loveleopardprint Fri 10-Feb-12 15:07:23

I found a good way to start with scarves are the looped or snood ones. Gap do nice ones. Just wrap them round twice and there are no ends to worry about.

CeliaFate Fri 10-Feb-12 18:25:11

BTW, I have the MN leopard print scarf and I hate it sad. It's too wide, too long and has scraggly ends. I would take it to be altered but would probably pay as much again for someone to do it!

redfive Fri 10-Feb-12 18:29:12

I love scarves. I usually wear one, I only like ones with a lot of fabric and I think this is the key, thin ones or quite short ones look odd. Larger or longer ones drape better.

Next have some lovely ones at the moment. Those £5 scarf stalls in markets and shopping centres are worth a look as well. I have a cream one that I got from Monsoon 4 years ago and I live in it but I haven't seen the same sort of thing in there again.

applecrumbleandcream Fri 10-Feb-12 23:52:07

I've just bought this one today from DP's, it's lovely, just the right length and a really good price. I had been looking for one in a bird print and in a colour that would go with a coral cardigan.

bessie26 Mon 13-Feb-12 21:29:44

I put mine on today. DD1(3.3) looked at me & asked "what is that?" - I explained it was a pretty scarf & asked if she liked it. "No" she said "take it off mummy"! sad

LydiaWickham Mon 13-Feb-12 21:36:17

As I seem to feel cold all the time, I tend to wear scarves! You'll get used to it, and your DD will start to get used to seeing one on mummy. I bet it looked good!

Pinot Tue 14-Feb-12 10:28:07

I wear scarves all the time as I'm always cold. Plus they make me think I look like a chic, pulled-together French woman <deluded>

I care not if I look daft.

PippiL Tue 14-Feb-12 13:20:20

My MN scarf arrived today. Brown leopard print. It is quite big but I love it, feeling tres chic and I even did my nails and put on eyeliner cos I was feeling snazzy!

Shame I'm not leaving the house today due to not being able to walk!

I live in scarves.

I also dress fairly plainly (lots of black) but scarves sort of pull everything together and look as if I've made a bit of an effort (even if I haven't).

My current favourites are a grey leopard print one from H&M (which I bought before the MN scarf, so I was quite annoyed when you lot all started wearing similar ones!) or a fake fur stole thing (lovely and warm and looks ace with a biker jacket) or a big wine coloured silk paisley square from TK Maxx or a bright pink one from Gap.

My to-buy for Spring list includes -

a dusty pink one with some sort of pattern in black or white
a dove grey one with a white pattern

I'm hoping that H&M or New Look will have something, as I don't like to spend a lot on scarves as I end up draping them on chairs, dragging them on the floor etc.

alwaysrunninginheels Tue 14-Feb-12 16:45:15

I got a beautiful lily and Lionel one today 50% off in sale and I just love it. Spend half my life freezing and it's a huge big wool one.
Wish I lived closer to h&m though as they sound great!!!!
Defo felt like I was dressing up when started wearing scarves.....now a complete convert....they cover a multitude of mess!!!!!

bessie26 Tue 14-Feb-12 19:41:53

What is the "MN scarf"? [ignorant]

bessie26 Wed 15-Feb-12 14:23:17

ah. I found a link on another thread. I'm not sure I'm ready for anything that big yet!

I went out in public wearing my scarf today & no-one pointed or laughed. grin

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