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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A SCARF, SHAWL, WRAP AND STOLE

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A SCARF, SHAWL, WRAP AND STOLE

People often ask me what are the differences between a scarf, shawl, wrap and stole. There seems to be a fair amount of confusion about these terms and no wonder as they are frequently used interchangeably. For those who want to be fashion term savvy, here's the scoop: All four names represent finished pieces of fabric that are worn. They can be made from natural fibers such as silk, cashmere, wool, cotton and linen, or man-made fibers such as acrylic and polyester. Often for decorative purposes, natural and man-made fibers are used in the same scarf; for example, a metallic...

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Scarf Maintenance

Scarf Maintenance

Once you are done wearing your scarf, fold it and let it lay flat or hang, but don’t just stuff it on your coat pocket. We find folding is the easiest, most convenient way. When you are out and about, hang the scarf over the coat hanger and don’t just stuff it in your sleeve because that’s how most scarves get lost. If your scarf gets wrinkles, you can steam iron it gently at low heat. If you want to ensure not to ruin the surface, use a thin cotton cloth in between the iron and the scarf. Sometime simple...

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Types of Scarves

Types of Scarves

Types of Scarves There are many styles of scarves in a wide variety of shapes, patterns and colors, made from many different types of materials. There are five primary categories that scarves fit into when we discuss men’s attire. They are the following: Casual / Winter Scarf Often worn for protection from the elements, these scarves are made primarily of wool, cashmere, alpaca or polyester and are intended to be worn during the cold winter months. They can be printed or in various patterns and are often knitted and thick to the touch. Sport Scarf Often made of a thinner, yet...

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The History of the Scarf

The History of the Scarf

The scarf certainly has some religious connotations but has also enjoyed use for warmth, cleanliness and of course fashion. While many credit its history to use by the Terracotta soldiers in China, the scarf dates all the way back to ancient Rome where it was originally called a Sudarium, literally translated to mean “sweat cloth”. It was used in Rome for cleanliness, and the cloth scarf was often worn tied to the waist of the man, or loosely wrapped around the neck on warmer days. In the event of a formal affair, the scarf was almost always worn, and various...

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How-to: The Scarf, 7 Ways

How-to: The Scarf, 7 Ways

What do Jackie O and old-timey bank robbers have in common? They both really know how to pull off a scarf. Whether it’s cotton or silk, square or skinny, here are a few ideas for how to style yours, with illustrations by our women’s designer (and epic Instagrammer) Julie.   The bed head cover-up  Best accompanied by a very strong cup of coffee. 1. Fold the scarf in half diagonally. 2. Place the folded edge at your hairline.  3. Tie the two folded corners behind your head. The wilderness knot Pairs well with s’mores. 1. Roll the scarf up diagonally. 2. Tie it around your neck and double-knot it in the...

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