Thursday, January 5, 2012

Start with a Scarf

I love how a scarf transforms something boring into something special, just as this pretty Pucci scarf  from Nordstrom spices up a basic camel-colored top.

I also like a wardrobe challenge for getting the creative juices flowing, especially now as I’m not planning any clothes purchases until spring. I took a closer look at my wardrobe recently. I’ve never had a bursting at the seams closet, but what I do have is not one, but two drawers filled entirely with scarves. I counted them for the first time, and in fact, I own 69 scarves – 39 non-knitted and 30 knitted!! I was proud of myself for being able to cull ten of them, which leaves me with a mere 59 neck accessories.

And the 30 knitted ones!
So naturally, the challenge I’m setting forth for myself is to wear each of these for the next 59 days – that would be a different neckerchief until Sunday, February 26! I’ll choose the scarf and build my outfit around it a la the Vivienne Files (though there are no Hermes scarves in my collection – yet!). Some of these scarves have not seen the light of day for years, maybe I will love wearing them, or maybe I won’t, in which case they will be deleted.

Now reading this, it is obvious that I do not need another scarf, but this knitted beauty is on my radar for 2012

Pattern & photo credit

What your wardrobe weakness?


  1. Vintage and vintage-looking jewelry. Must have been all that exposure to the "1928" line back in the 80s.

    I think that self-made scarves should be exempt from culling. Looking forward to seeing your outfits.

  2. I remember loving the deco pieces in that line of jewelry, modern and vintage at the same time. As for culling the handmade, when it's gotta go, its gotta go. Hopefully someone, somewhere will appreciate the handiwork or the warmth at least.

  3. What a good idea! I have 8 silk scarves - one Hermes I bought used for $100. And many, many knitted, pashmina, cotton, etc. scarves that I should go through and purge. In fact, I am going to do that today. Thank you for the idea.

    My weakness is jewelry. Especially bracelets. I adore big, chunky bracelets. Can't get enough of them.

  4. Even though I didn't get rid of too many scarves, I enjoyed pulling them all out, refolding them and storing in neat stacks according to size. Good luck with your purge. I hope to save up for a Hermes, but I think the purchase will have to accompany a trip to Paris =)