10.21.2009

Valley of the Scarves

Given my less than statuesque height, you would think that I would seek out pieces crafted only with lengthening my frame in mind as opposed to overwhelming it; and I do. It is only when I dip into the accessory pool that I truly look for items that will make a statement, and provide some semblance of volume and ferocity to my typically neutral canvas – a knit that goes on for miles when hanging limply over my shoulders, or swells with sophistication when coiled tightly about my throat. Something that fills me with the desire to cast my tube scarves aside – if only temporarily – and traverse…the Valley of the Scarves.

Alexis “Billy Extra Long Solid Knit Scarf” Darlings it wasn’t too long ago that I was introduced to the decadent designs of Alexis, and I have been smitten ever since. The dainty draping, the Southwestern prints, the champagne hues – it’s enough to make a girl want to overhaul her entire wardrobe and stock it only with the finest from Alexis. But I digress, I won’t be doing such a thing – or rather, my bank account won’t allow me to – but it will allow me to make goo-goo eyes at the dark as night, floor-sweeping Billy Extra Long Solid Knit Scarf in Black. Who needs a shimmering bauble dangling from their neck if they can sling a midnight colored knit such as this around their shoulders? As with all of Alexis’ neck accoutrements, Billy is angled at both ends for a wing-like silhouette that will keep you soaring until the wee hours of the morning!

BDG “Cable Knit Scarf” Nothing says cozy like cable knit and a warm mug of hot chocolate; BDG’s Cable Knit Scarf covers half the battle. At over five-feet long, the plush, vibrant, thick-knit has the ability to keep you warm no matter what the weather by ensuring you look effortless, ravishing, and chic every time you toss it on; while the fringed ends contribute a flirty, flapper-inspired flair to your entire look. Just remember dolls, now that you have the cable knit, it’s up to you to find a cute boy to buy you some hot chocolate – don’t forget the mini marshmallows!

Marc by Marc Jacobs “Valley Sweater Scarf” There’s something truly quite charming about being swallowed by an accessory. An Olsen-like je ne sais quoi that is part glamorous part mysterious and all-around enchanting. And what better piece of fashion to be swallowed by than Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Valley Scarf? My beloved Marc always knows how to make a girl’s heart pitter patter, and he has not failed me with the veritable inky shades marled within the body of the versatile Valley. Turquoises tango with ocean blue hues that seemingly twinkle and sparkle in the sunlight courtesy of metallic thread embellishments interwoven here and there; while the subtle color changes produce a hypnotic ambiance with the power to lull even the most fashion-resistant person into a trance-like state. How can one really resist stylish magic as powerful as that?

Alloy “Paige Knit Scarf” I have spent years trying to crochet scarves all to disastrous results; perhaps that’s why I adore Alloy’s Paige Knit Scarf so much. The stitch is sophisticated enough to make you look polished, yet simplistic enough to make it look as if you made it using your own two hands – as opposed to your AmEx, mind you. While the acrylic knit – ideal for keeping you warm yet comfortable enough to toss on when you simply want to add an accessory to a plain white tee – and the full, six-inch fringe are enticing features; it’s the range of colors that Paige is available in which truly thrill me. Flirty fuchsias, radiant reds, tantalizing taupes – each shade works to spruce up even the blandest of ensembles and keep you looking your best come cooler days!

Nordstrom “Braided Knit Scarf” Blame Alexander Wang and his bevy of long-legged beauties parading down the catwalk for my current obsession with all things braided. While Wang’s braids were slung haphazardly over the shoulders of models in the form of hairstyles, however, I plan on donning mine about my throat in the form of Nordstrom’s Braided Knit Scarf. The five-foot long tightly woven knit slightly resembles the type of blanket we seek out to take the chill off during snowstorms that blow into town just as quickly as they blow out; therefore it is destined to be the perfect way to outfit yourself on blustery days. And just think of how posh you’ll look donning the calming camel color (my personal favorite of the quartet) over an entirely ebony ensemble. Darlings, the mere notion of such style gives me goosebumps!

Care to join me on my valley voyage, kittens?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Zeny’s Boutique, Urban Outfitters, Shopbop, Alloy, and Nordstrom for the pictures.


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38 comments

Jacqueline said...

I am in love with that Alexis scarf. What a fab find! Perfect for the snow here today =)

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Keith said...

I love scarves. They can really spice up about anything. These are some beautiful ones that you posted. Hope you're having a great week so far. Cheers!

The Pocket Stylist said...

I love scarves. There is something so lovely about wrapping a scarf around your neck and feeling your whole body warm.

Jaime said...

I love scarves.. for all seasons! I am not a huge fan of big chunky ones, so my fave is the first one.

Enjoy your nineties heat wave- that puts our 70s to shame, haha :)

Couture Carrie said...

Looooove these extra long scarves, darling, especially the first one. Fab post!

xoxox,
CC

Leah said...

I'm taking advantage of the scarf weather here. I know next month when I go back to the Tropics, the weather won't permit me to wear them.

I bought a gray cable knit scarf at Forever21 and a black faux fur scarf at H&M the other day.

Of course, you'll understand my not splurging too much on scarves.

That first photo reminds me of the way I dress... big slouchy top, skinny jeans or tights and a black scarf hanging loosely.

Have a great Wednesday Erika!

Tights Lover said...

All good choices! I really like the BDG cable knit scarf!

nookie said...

scarves are must for winter,they are so warm and cozy:x
love the Alexis one:x

Rina said...

love first scarf so much, looks so chic! :)

ana said...

I love them all!!! This winter is all about scarves, tights and oversized shirts :) thank you very much for your comment darling!!! you are the best!!!

Elizabeth Marie said...

"swallowed by an accessory" hahaha seriously LOVE IT! It is very MK and I sorta love her. The bigger the better...I don't even want to dive into the psych behind that haha, but they make me feel smaller and cozy and I like that!

Couture Cookie said...

The longer, the better! is my motto when it comes to scarves. I think they are extra flattering when worn with skinnies, a minidress or something along those lines....!

So funny you would mention hats under my blog too! I own the longest glittery multicolor cable knit scarf the world ever saw with a matching hat - the only hat I've ever owned that does not ruin my bangs. Too bad they are way too matchy-matchy when worn together! :D

Out of your selections, I would opt for the MJ. Fabulous!

Eggy said...

oooh all those scarves look so warm and cozy. i especially like the berry colored cable knit scarf. i favor the "pashmina" scarves on the streets of nyc. so many colors and they work well in the winter and the summer. oh and they're 5 dollars each. it's great!

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B a la Moda said...

great scarfs! Super long!
xoxo
B* a la Moda

Magdalena said...

The Nordstrom scarf is just beautiful. What a gorgeous color! So glad fall is finally here so we get to wear all these darling scarves.

Paula Lobos said...

Pretty scarves! I use a lot of those! :)
Tyra´s new word...haha... I don´t know... I like fierce too!

St├ęphanie said...

I love all of them ! Marvellous !

Emily said...

I love all these scarves, I've been wanting more scarves to don with T's and stuff.

Kristin said...

An epic length scarf...I dig it! Especially that last Nords one. I am fairly height challenged myself. I don't let it stop me!

The Blonde Duck said...

Everytime I wear a scarf I choke myself on it. I am a scarf klutz.

Stephanie said...

I love the BDG Cable Knit Scarf it is so cute. To me, scarves are such a great accessory to outfits. They can dress up anything and they are super warm. :)

atelier said...

Scarves can be so versatile, I love them, especially the massive warm ones!

Julia said...

I definently love to make statements with my accesories! It's so much fun. I saw a really cute gigantic scarf on urban's website yesterday...you should check it out!

xoxo

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FASHIONconfectionairy said...

I tend to overwhelm my frame but who cares its fun!
XOXOX
Libby
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AudreyAllure said...

haha cute :) i actually recently purchased a scarf, but from a thrift shop

E said...

Oh I love that big blue one! The different shades of color make it so interesting to look at!

Fashionista said...

that purple scarf is awesome!!!

Meg said...

Scarves are very cosy when the weather is cold!

Taylor Sterling said...

I love the thick knit scarfs! They look great in all styles and they are so cozy! Love all these picks!

Tiffany said...

i love scarves :) especially those new circle scarves at Urban and American Apparel

monica said...

love scarves

currently obsessed with my new hooded scarf :)

miriam said...

great guest post!

and yes, one can never have too many scarves. great selection, hun!

The Haute-Shopper said...

Ooh, I'm such a scarf fan. The longer ones are quite practical, because most of the time you can also use them as shawls or wrap your hands in them if it's really freezing cold.

Sherin said...

Scarves are a great accesory for the winter. I love the Alloy one. Its so cute.

Marian said...

great inspiration for me as i need a few new knit scarves for winter.
i really like extra long ones, i also like the testure of that Nordstrom one
xx
marian

Little Red said...

I have such a love for scarves. I have so many! They're so perfect for bundling up in the cold weather.
I'm especially loving the BDG and Marc by Marc Jacobs ones.

The Anthology said...

Such a smart way to wear them to make you (and me) appear taller. Although I always revert to bundling scarves up a million times around my neck.

Can't beat coziness.

* Kelsey

All Women Stalker said...

That's actually the way I always wear them. Because, well, I'm only 5 feet. :(

-meream

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