Here we are in the middle of Fall. The temperatures are mild and uh...I have no idea what to wear each day. It's never really cold enough to wear my wool skirts and sweaters and I would never wear summer-weight frocks in October (I'm a little OCD that way). Ideally, I'd go out and buy some "transitional" items, i.e. garments that can span this mid-season time of year. I say "ideally" because the chances of this happening are slim. (Though I did splurge on a pair of J. Crew Minnie pants and am wearing them twice a week.)
What to do when every day seems like a long-sleeved tee and trousers kind of day? What to do when that seems boringboringboring?
Tie on a scarf!
I know what you are saying: but bb, I don't know how to tie a scarf! I can never get my scarves to look good! If you aren't saying that then go read my friend Poppy who can give you decorating or make-up advice....If you are saying that, well, today is your lucky day because here are the five (easiest) ways to tie a scarf:
1. Lay your scarf on your bed, pretty side down. Turn it on a diagonal angle or so that the scarf looks like a diamond shape. This will make it easier to fold. Bring the top corner down until the point is in the middle of the scarf and then bring the bottom corner up until the two points overlap. Are you with me? Now fold the top and bottom edges toward the middle until you have a long rectangle with pointy edges.
From here you can put it around your neck and tie one loose overlap as seen above.
2. With the scarf configured as above (long skinny rectangle with two pointy ends), fold it in half and put the folded end (seen here on the right) around your neck so the pointy ends (near my thumb) hang down over your other shoulder.
Now slip both pointy ends through the loop I'm holding open with my middle finger and...pull and smooth the pointy ends until VOILA, The European Knot.
3. Starting, once again, with the long rectangle, hold the center of it on the front of your neck so that the long pointy ends are falling down your back...wrap them around the front of your neck now too - over the rectangle and tie in a jaunty fashion a little to the west. C'mon! You CAN be jaunty!
Twist it all the way over your should for maximum effect!
4. Too complicated? Undo the fancy-schmancy rectangle and fold your square scarf in half diagonally to form a triangle. Put it around your neck, point facing downward on your back and tie a double knot down by your boobs. This particular fold covers all manner of breakfast/coffee/tea stains and highlights a heavily patterned scarf nicely.
5. Take the triangle again but, this time, put it around your neck, loosely, and lay the point on your chest with the ends down your back. Bring the ends around to the front of you (they will cross behind you) and, loosely, tie them across the triangle on your chest. This is very JonesyVonAscot but excellent at hiding an ageing neck. Trust me.
6. A BONUS. Tie the triangle over your NOSE and leave the ends to float freely - you are now a scarf desperado and can move about the office incognito!
Special thanks to my IT guy who got me a new iMac last week. The camera feature is proving helpful.
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