Indian women don’t wear scarves! They have no use for them. Right! When you have a five-metre-long flowing drape that you can play with even as it covers your curves, who needs a scarf! Even for those who favour the salwar kurta, the dupatta adds its touch of movement and has a multi- purpose role. However, the scene is changing fast. And when you are in structured ensembles, which in turn can mean anything from a power suit to jeans or pedal pushers and a tee, a little bit of whimsy makes a world of a difference to the way you look.
Scarves have come into their own internationally. Designers like Ralph Lauren and Versace are joining the ranks of Hermes, and spending some thought over what was till recently a much neglected, archaic piece of clothing that went out with Grace Kelly.
It’s time we think of ways to introduce your wardrobe to some of these very adaptable helpmates! Ponder over it, and you will see how many ways a scarf can enhance your life.
Invest in a selection
Scarves come in all shapes, textures, sizes. Buy a couple in each, large ones for a statement, long ones for a romantic addition to your clothes, a kerchief sized classic to knot around the neck on workdays.
A scarf is to a girl what a tie is to a man But without the discomfort. Scarves tell others something about you. Bright colours lift your mood. Reds and stripes can look corporate and grab attention. Soft muted colours can contrast beautifully to add depth to a plain tee. Learn to experiment Scarves can be worn lightly around the neck, or in parallel lines in front; double a slim scarf up and loop it like a muffler.
Invest in a Hermes should you need to impress, but own a few pretty but inexpensive ones for regular wear. Carry a pastel one in your purse, you never know when you might need it.