Thursday, 12 December 2013
In search of the perfect scarf
When it comes to scarf wearing, I have a best dressed list. Christine Lagarde, Channel 4's international news editor, Lindsey Hilsum and Borgen's fictional TV journalist Hanne Holme (Benedikte Hansen) are top of the pile.
Recently, I've been wearing the Blog Widower's scarf. A lot. It's navy woven cotton with a tiny star pattern, a birthday gift, and high-time I gave it back. Or found a replacement. The masculine, slightly dandy-ish vibe works well with the Midlife Crisis Jacket, boyfriend jacket and my navy overcoat.
'In search of the perfect scarf' became the theme for my latest blog post for the FT's How To Spend It. First stop on my research tour had to be Liberty: the home of beautiful scarves (who's been watching Liberty of London?), where Ruby Chadwick the accessories and jewellery buyer advised, 'To me, scarves look best when worn relaxed and easy. Best when adapted to your personal style and lifestyle, worn loosely over a jacket or shirt to step it up.' In the women's section of the new J.Crew store, I spotted a lovely men's scarf styled up on a mannequin with a women's khaki combat jacket. The American brand has cleverly included British merchandise from the likes of Penelope Chilvers, Private White VC and Drake's, in their edit. The scarf was from luxury accessories label Drake's, who have a shop just round the corner, off Savile Row:
Margaret Howell's fine cashmere scarf is another favourite. How good does it look with a trouser suit and brogues? Pure Tomboy Chic.
How are you wearing your scarf this winter? Read my full FT feature here.