Even though the daily COVID Briefings are no longer, there was a lot of style on exhibit and one of the ladies, in particular, had some classic style – all done with one accessory.
She wears shawls and other types of neckwear, but her scarves are what put her apart. I’ve loved scarves and they can add that pizazz to a classic outfit when the classic might seem a little blah. This is a favorite French technique, used by lots of stylish classic people of the past.
The classic way of dressing for many European women has always included a scarf which can make a classic turtleneck and skirt into a glam outfit and can be worn again and again.
Although scarves are the most common way of jazzing up a classic outfit, shawls work as well, and Dr. Birx wears them with as much style as her scarves.
One of her favorite color combos are orange and blue. If you look these two colors up on the color wheel, you’ll see they are opposite each other and why they are used for so many logos.
From FedEx, Firefox Browser to Syracuse College, and Oklahoma City Thunder (my favorite) Basketball, blue, and orange make a very classic and dynamic color combo.
But even when the colors are in dynamic contrast with each other, a scarf can be that much more important.
Here are two clear examples. The one on the left is a plain ordinary blouse with a little strip design in the weave of the blouse, but otherwise a very unremarkable blouse. But add that scar, and suddenly the whole outfit comes alive. More important it directs all the attention to the face which is where we all want the attention of our garments to go.
The second is all orange and although monochromatic can seem a little boring, but it’s anything but. It’s more subtle than boring. After all, the purpose of this lady’s appearance is to impart very important information. If her scarves take away from that, they defeat the purpose.
Even when they aren’t worn around the shoulders, the whole purpose here is to keep the attention to the face, and each scarf does exactly that.
This one is positively patriotic with the bright red (always a “come look at me” color) and the dark navy, looks classic, patriotic, and fulfills its purpose.
Scarves are a fabulous way to dress up an outfit and they always add a special touch. For we sewists, this is even easier because this takes usually 1¼ yards of fabric. Usually, the fabric is about 45″ wide and that makes a square – a very generous square. I highly recommend you get a silk fabric because it makes the scarf that much more luxurious and remember, a fine silk scarf will cost from $150 to $500 and up, so you are ahead of the game and have a classic piece that will always go with any outfit.
After a very quick search online for “printed silk” here are some quick results, and any one of these would make a gorgeous piece to add to your wardrobe. Stay in your color palette and you’ll always be able to wear it with anything you have. Of course the black and gold chain and the gold, white and black print above are two classics that would go with anything, but I can easily see the black ground with colorful flowers and the colorful patches being a classic with a black turtleneck.
Scarves are like jewelry only a lot more flexible, fun, and frugal! So don’t think you can’t afford it or that they wouldn’t look good on you. Not only has Dr. Birx brought back this classic look, but she’s given us lots of ideas on how to wear them!
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