Scarves are an item of clothing that can be worn all year round, from cold to warm weather and with many different fashion choices. Scarves work well wrapped around the neck, worn over the head, tied at the waist, or any other creative way that the wearer comes up with.
A scarf, also known as a muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn for warmth, cleanliness, religious reasons or merely for fashion fun. Headscarves are scarves covering most or all of the top of a woman’s hair and head, leaving the face uncovered.
Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. This scarf was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth” and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. Scarves were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using scarves, which were made of cloth, wool, pashmina or silk, and now scarves have become a fashion favorite among women.
Women seem to always find ways to turn practical garments into fashion fabulous!
Male or female, scarves offer fashion ideas and tend to pull an outfit together terrifically!
Scarf Fun Fact: The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century scarves became one of the most essential and versatile clothing accessories for both genders. Celebrities have often led fashion trends with film props subsequently becoming mainstream fashion items. Celebrity endorsements have not only made scarves and shoes worn by film actors and actresses more accessible but provide the public with the opportunity of wearing celebrity-first accessories.
Printed scarves are offered internationally through high fashion design houses. Among the latter are Burberry, Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Cole Haan, Chanel, Etro, Lanvin, Hermes, Nicole Miller, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Headscarf Fun Fact: Headscarves are worn for a variety of purposes, such as protection of the head or hair from rain, wind, dirt, cold, warmth, for sanitation, recognition of social distinction, religious significance and of course, fashion!
Fashion, fashion, fashion, feed your inner fashion passion!
The three basic scarf shapes:
The main manufacturer of fashion scarves used today is China, with India, Hong Kong and Indonesia close behind. The most common materials used to make fashion scarves are silk, fleece, pashmina and cashmere.
Scarf Fun Fact: Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers and the rank of Chinese warriors. In later times, scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century.
Men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French word cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie.
Sweet and sassy in scarves!
Headscarf Fun Fact: Headscarves many times have a religious significance or function. In Christian and Muslim countries women may cover their hair. Until at least the Renaissance, some form of cover for the hair was regarded as appropriate for married women in most European cultures, to agree with the contemporary notions of modesty and as an indication of married status. The “matron’s cap” is a general term for these.
In many rural areas, some women still observe the custom of wearing headscarves, especially in eastern and southern Europe. Until the 1960s, the Roman Catholic Church required all women to wear at least a veil over their hair in church.
Scarves – Practical and pleasing. A look for all seasons!
“That’s a lovely scarf you have tied around your waist.”
“Yes, it’s quite apparent that you have great fashion taste.”
“I own many different scarves for a variety of social occasions.”
“You’re definitely a fixture in fashion persuasion.”
“Does my fabulous look influence you to wear a scarf too?”
“Why yes indeed. I want to look as stylish as you do!”
Do you want to ramp up your fashion look? Tie a scarf wherever you please, but beware, you’ll be hooked!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846