I was reading a post about how a girl thought wearing scarves in the summer is a crazy new trend.
I wanted to post a comment saying how crazy her post sounded, but I chose not to. Instead, I am writing this post to explain to you why wearing a scarf in any season (especially summer) is not only fashionable, but more importantly, functional.
Now lets get on with this, shall we?
The scarf is a beautiful accessory. It is quite versatile and adds flair to most outfits. However, not only does it look great, it also serves great functions.
The Headscarf (style 1)
Yes! It is none other than Alexis Bledel! …wait, no, it’s Rosie the Riveter! Yes, yes, good ol’ Rosie the Riveter. She was an icon in the 40s of strong women who had to fill in for men in the business of producing munitions and all that was needed for WWII.
Her headscarf is used to tie back her hair while she works. Also, if she’s out in the hot sun, her scalp won’t get burned. And if you notice, the scarf is not made of heavy material. It’s sturdy, but breathable cotton.
The Headscarf (version 2)
The fabulous Audrey Hepburn. Of course if she wore it, it has become a classic. Audrey Hepburn sported this headscarf in the 60s. It was all about cat-eye shades, headscarves, and shiny red muscle cars.
The purpose of her scarf was to keep her hair nice and orderly; she didn’t want the wind in her hair, because that causes unruly tangles. I’ll admit, this one’s a little harder to pull off. But if you do it just right, you could look oh-so-classy.
Daphne from Scooby Doo! Her era is the 60s. She wears a green silk scarf around her neck. These silk scarves were also worn by the earliest war pilots because they often had to turn their heads from side to side to ensure their own safety.
This would cause chafing of the neck, so the scarf prevented that. The scarf also covered their faces and acted as a shield from the nasty pollution created by the engines. This one is now worn mostly because it’s cute. A chiffon or silk fabric is perfect for those humid months.
The Sari (or large scarf)
A shout out to my Indian friends… thanks for the sari. Okay, so the typical American probably wouldn’t wear it unless she was of Indian ethnicity. But it’s the idea of a large scarf wrapped around a woman as a garment.
In the Middle East and India, they basically wear scarves. And they have hotter weather than us, most of the time. I think people are just closed minded to scarves. We go with our first impression of a scarf, our first idea of a scarf. But scarves are actually ideal for hot weather. It’s a thin layer of fabric that protects you from the sun, but at the same time it’s flowy, and therefore quite breathable.
Not only are scarves acceptable to wear all year, but they are ideal. Keep your mind open to “new” ideas. Just because scarves haven’t been worn in the summer for a while doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be… (ouch, double negative) The point is, wear a scarf. You don’t have to wear one of those freaking bibs if that’s not what you’re into. You don’t even have to wear a scarf. But just keep in mind that they are (as I’ve said a million times ) fashionable and functional!
If this sounded at all interesting to you, check out this video where you can learn more. The girls of SugarRockCatwalk.com elaborate on different things that I didn’t even mention.