I have never owned much jewelry, but those items I do own are very precious to me. Not for their value, but for their memories. Since living here in France, I have come to realise I rarely wear any of my jewelry anymore. Rather, French scarves have taken over in my accessory drawer.
Scarf = Versatility
Of course working with animals, digging in the garden and rarely getting an opportunity to dress up these days plays a big part in it. Dangly earrings and a cat simply do not mix, and a necklace is just begging for one of our ducks to try to eat it. But a scarf, a scarf has shown me its versatility in all areas.
It was a baby duckling sling when Maggie was tiny and couldn’t keep up with me on her little feet, so she nestled into my scarf at my neck and I did everything with her there. In the garden I learned to use it as a sun hat or protection for my neck. I have used them for gift wrapping or packaging. And even when I do get the opportunity to dress up, I still seem to reach for a scarf. A scarf can not only decorate, but in summer a light scarf can cover the shoulders if the evening turns a little chilly. In winter, I can snuggle into it at a restaurant if there is draft from an open door or if we are feeling intrepid and sitting outside under heat lamps with our aperitif.
With the French eye for design and quality, finding scarves here has been easy. Too easy. They started to build up in my wardrobe. And I have a rule, if I don’t wear it regularly or at least in the past 6 months I don’t get to keep it. (Luckily, I wear a lot of scarves.)
When I opened my shop on Etsy, it was no surprise then that scarves soon found there way on to it. In fact, I have had to limit my buying days as I kept finding beautiful and unusual ones. I love researching the scarves, looking up designers, or simply knowing that someone somewhere will like the design as much as I do.
What I also found was why the French like their scarves so much. They go with everything, or they tie the outfit together. In the past, I used to pick a colour and my whole outfit, including jewelry, would be built around that colour. In adopting the French style, which is actually much easier, I now wear two colours, maybe three at a pinch (after all I am still a little bit of a rebel), and use a scarf to bring the colours together. I hadn’t noticed even that I had submerged myself in French scarf culture until the other day. I realised that I had put together a blue and tan outfit and it dawned on me it was because I had just the scarf to compliment it.
So, if you have scarves languishing in your closet, or have always thought about buying one, give it a try. Discover its versatility, and in so doing, discover why the French like scarves.
PS: Have you ever noticed how hard it is to spell Jewelry? Jewelery? Maybe that’s another reason I prefer a scarf.