Thursday: Scarf Collection

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Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar) | Tank: Ann Taylor (similar) | Scarf: Express (similar) | Skirt: Halogen (similar) | Tights: DKNY | Booties: Nine West

I worked for Express from 1997 – 2001 and during that time I think they had some of their very best collections. To this day, I still have fabulous dresses, leather goods, and knits in my collection that look on trend and are still in great shape. They had a period of time when their scarf collection was amazing; this is one I bought during that time and still regularly wear. Their scarves were 100% silk, had unique yet classic patterns, and are a nice big size that makes them so versatile. I never get rid of an accessory unless it's damaged or completely wrong for my personal style and scarves are one thing I hold on to forever. I have a box in my closet full of tiny poly chiffon scarves and long skinny silky scarves I bought at places like Old Navy and The Limited over a decade ago – they look ridiculous on me now, but you never know when pocket squares, scarves as ties, or scarves on ponytails will be the rage and I already have the tools to achieve the look!  No more money spent, and they all fit in an old shoebox!

Daylight Saving Time is obviously putting a bit of a damper on my daily outfit posts.  We're trying to find places in the house where a decent shot can be taken without natural light, but we're just not the type of family to have a bunch of crisp white walls and empty space.  The office (seen here) is a good spot, but green walls sort of make everything… well green.  We'll keep playing around and hopefully will find a good indoor spot!

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  1. You look fab, and yes it’s great to reach back in the closet and re-discover a scarf or necklace. They always fit! : >

  2. For a brief period, maybe back around 1998 when I was in grad school at UMD, there was a style to wear a small skinny scarf tied around one’s neck – it was a small 16 inch square that one folded over consecutive times. It looked so cute with a nice knit tee and pants, which was my regular grad student uniform. It was sort lived, but I’m always hopeful it will come back.

  3. I wish I had more scarves, something to remember now that they seem to be everywhere. I love the buttons on that jacket!

  4. Allie,

    You talk of the Exoress amazing collection in the past tense. Does that mean they no longer carry a good selection of SILK scarves? I love scarves, especially those of silk and silk mixtures.

    I successfully wash silk scarves in cold water in the bathroom sink, with Woolite. I have not had any loss of color or shrinking. That’s just my experience though. I don’t want to recommend my practice and then have someone ruin a scarf because of what I said!

  5. So cute…really a cool fun look!! I have accessories that are at least 20 years old! It is smart to save the ones you like.

  6. Saving accessories was the big take-away I had from your talk on Saturday. I have a TON of scarves that I have not been wearing much over the last couple years (most of them are silk, so if they got dirty I would have to have them dry-cleaned.) I did decide to part w/ one skinny polyester scarf from Old Navy that I used to wear as a belt. I hung onto at least a dozen other skinny long scarves- and felt so indulgent in doing so! The one I put in the “donate” bag was actually kind of ugly, so I know I won’t miss it!

    1. I too have gotten rid of a few that are just cheap or plain wrong, ones like the one you mentioned but come now C, you’re the queen of upcycling, recycling, finding a second life for things and you have little ones? I always think of how my mom let me raid her scarf collection in 6th grade to dress for ’50s day and because of it I won the costume contest! Two scarfs and some fiberfill make an AMAZING pillow, and heck, they take up so little space and they do come back (especially if you have a classic or preppy personal style!). ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I got rid of one and kept so many! The one that I did part with wasn’t cute at all- I don’t think either of my kids would have had much fun with it now that you mention it. E. did get an awesome array of vintage hats that belonged to my grandmother for her dress-up collection. There is one that I like so much I won’t let her play with it- even though I have no idea what to do with it!

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