Saturday, May 19, 2012

Trendsetter: Scarves

Brrr... Sydney's gotten colder since May has finally kicked in but I don't recall having autumn nights dropping down to 8ºC since the last two years. We (my family) never crank up the heater whenever it is cold because we just don't have the need to. Australian winters aren't too cold but it sure has fierce winds. Instead, we just layer up on clothes and bring out our warmest doonas (if you're not Australian, then it's a duvet).

So since the weather's getting colder, I thought I'd do a post on scarves. You guys up in the Northern hemisphere have got so many scarves for spring out there in stores in bright neon and beautiful patterns. We, down under, haven't gotten much advice so I've decided to compile a list of things to look out for. I've said this once before, knitwear never goes out of fashion, especially during winter, nor do scarves. You'll always see scarves every fall/winter.

1. Wool

Wool is perhaps one of the most popular fibres to work with when it comes to knitting. After having gone to the Wool Modern exhibit, I'm hoping to see more wool in stores. There are other options such as alpaca or cashmere if you're allergic to wool but I really do hope wool does show up more in stores since I'm a fan of natural fibres (no acrylic!) and Australia is known for its wool, among other things. I'd say the best kind of wool to look for is Merino Wool. It's not as scratchy as the usual because the fibres have to be the finest to be classified as Merino.

2. Classic Prints

While the people up there have their spring and their bright and pastel trends, I think we're going to stay safe with the classics here. It's autumn and I see autumn as a time for timeless classics and dark colours. I was thinking along the lines of the classic Burberry check cashmere scarf or just a solid coloured scarf in neutral colours or shades of white, black or grey, or even dark colours such as navy, burgundy, the jewel tones. These days, houndstooth is in so maybe grab a houndstooth scarf?

3. Animal Print

If you're more trendy, perhaps a leopard print scarf would suit you most. The animal trends are still here and probably will stay for a little while longer. Now if only there was such thing as a fawn printed scarf... I have a fondness for spotted deer prints.

4. Chunky Scarves

If you're going to get a scarf, I'd say chunky is your safest bet. I feel like the days of skinny scarves are long gone and they hardly keep you warm at all. I don't know why but I decided to put a photo of myself wearing an chunky ivory (and very long) scarf while I was in the US... and my failed attempt at a snowball. Surprisingly, leopard print and tartan work out nicely if you want to try out the clashing print trend. I wasn't doing that intentionally though...

5. Fur scarves

With the fur collar/tippet trends popping up, there wouldn't be any excuse not releasing fur scarves. If you're thinking it's not animal friendly, most are in faux fur. There'll be some that are real but if you're going to get real ones, you should really consider vintage.

6. Snoods/Infinity Scarves

I dislike the name "Snood" so I like to call them infinity scarves instead. These have been around for a while and they'll probably stay because it makes wrapping them around you a lot easier.

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