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How the #$%#%$ do you wear these things?

April 14, 2009

AllyG: I love scarves. Love them. Wear them all the time. Wear them wrong all the time. I am totally jealous of people who tie the perfect knot in their scarves. Today I decided to pack a punch with my boring outfit of blue jeans, white tee and black blazer with a bright pink scarf my mother stole in Paris. I don’t kid. She totally stole it. She “claims” that she walked out of the market and about 10 blocks later someone pointed out that a scarf was hanging from her purse. Apparently, the “static” made it stick to her accessories. Well played, Judy, well played. Anyhoo, it’s a beautiful scarf, it’s just really poofy-ish and I’m finding I’m looking more like Mrs. Claus than Sienna Miller (call her what you will, the girl can rock a scarf). I’m all about self-help so I googled, “how to tie a scarf”. Here is what I found:

(First image removed due to request of owner…our apologies, we’re new to the blog game!)

 I particularly enjoy the “buckaroo knot” . No, I’m joking. I hate it.

Stylist Amy Salinger provides the best tips in this video (adore her outfit by the way. I need to email her to find out where she purchased that belt!…I don’t know her per se, but she seems like the type of lady who would gladly help a sister out). You can check out more tips from Amy at

And…further evidence that Sienna rocks the scarf, and boots…look at those boots!

L-A: Interesting that you should bring up the scarf. It was just last week that I was discussing how to rock the scarf.  I have a great collection of my mom’s scarves from the 70s and 80s, as well as an awesome scarf that once belonged to my Great-Aunt Marge, but I have no idea how to wear them with style.  A friend has a book with 101 ways to wear a scarf, but most involve cutting and sewing your scarf into a dress or bikini (I do not recommend the latter – it did not look pretty).  Googling the same thing as you got me a semi-helpful run-down on scarves by the folks at Elle Girl, but they also offer ideas like the “straight hang” (put scarf on, do nothing, pretend you are a Lindsay Lohan).

While they had some good ideas, they had very little instruction. Which left me wondering one thing: how do people learn to wear a scarf? Think of all those très chic French women who rock the scarf on a daily basis. How do they do it? Who teaches them? Perhaps there is something in the water in France that gives you an innate ability to look fantastic in a scarf. I mean, check out what the Sartorialist has spotted on the streets of Paris:


And that is when it occured to me: Hermès. It is all about Hermès. I can’t say for sure if every woman in Paris is wearing scarves that start at about $350USD, but the fact that Paris is home to Hermès must have something to do with Parisians flair for the scarf. (it could be a chicken/egg thing though: which came first? The Parisian scarf or Hermès?).  And while the masses cannot afford to purchase one of their scarves, the good people of Hermès still share with you downloadable tips on how to tie your scarf. So you too can learn to tie your scarf comme ça:


Et voila! Ç’est magnifique, non?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. meryl permalink
    November 3, 2009 2:53 pm

    you stole the image above(the one you renamed after you stole it: off our site.


    • allygarbs permalink*
      November 3, 2009 3:16 pm

      Removed per your request.



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