The Scarf’s the Limit

Post by T.M. 

My grandmother was a lady. That was a fact that was universally accepted and when she died nearly ten years ago that is how everyone described her.

Nana used to venture into town on a Thursday to get her hair done and collect the RTE Guide (for her) and comics (for us – Bunty and M&J in case you were wondering). She was easy to spot amongst the other shoppers. Always perfectly and effortlessly put together, usually in one of her lovely coats (which CM and I now wear) I was always able to identify her from across the busy town square by her colourful printed, patterned or plain scarves.

With a collection to rival the scarf boxes in the vintage shops in and around George’s St Arcade, Nana would wear a different one each week, its main function being to protect her newly coiffed hair. For Nana, scarves were practical as well as sartorially pleasing and I have inherited her appreciation for these most versatile of accessories.

cool scarf girl

Miroslava Duma a.k.a. Mira Duma is a Russian socialite and fashion editor who has embraced scarves like Imelda Marcos embraced shoes. Now I don’t want to open up any Cold War-esque conversations but – well let’s just say there is a suspicious similarity between how Mira wears scarves and how my grandmother used to…

Mira Duma headscarf
Mira Duma
A member of the so-called ‘Russian Mafia’
It’s true! Look it up!

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( I am not blaming anyone for those missing photographs or the strange tapping sound on our landline. )

Take note however; if you are not wearing your scarf in this fashion on this cold and drizzly day (or a day like this if you are not in the same vicinity as me) then you might as well not be wearing a scarf at all!


When visiting Cambodia a few years ago I came across the ‘Krama’. It would have been hard not to notice this particular type of scarf (and in this case I have to use the word ‘scarf ‘lightly) as every Cambodian owns at least one. The Krama is the epitome of multi-functional. It can be your sun-protector, sarong, towel, climbing aid… the list goes on. It has a distinctive look. Of course I bought one.

Actually mine has the exact same colour scheme as this. Gorgeous.

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Thinking about it, all of my scarves are kramas. I use them to jazz up bags, as belts, to cover my greasy locks from time to time and even as neckerchiefs a la air-hostesses or uber blogger Elin Kling – usually when I have a make-up line that I am too busy to fix!

Scarves are the concealer of accessories. 

Earlier on today in London, Simone Rocha presented her S/S 2014 collection with some of her models skulking down the runway dressed as fancy gift-baskets. If the ‘scarf’ material was actually plastic, like with real gift baskets, and if I owned one and wore it today, I would have looked like a walking broken umbrella yes, but I am sure I would have arrived at work without looking and feeling like a kitten that has just been saved from drowning.

Simone Rocha S/S 2014  look
Simone Rocha S/S 2014
Photograph by Samir Hussein/Getty Images

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Scarves are the most versatile of accessories, and can’t really be misused. I am so glad it’s A/W so that I can bring the big (fluffy) guns out of hibernation. I won’t ever have to blend (my make-up) again! Until next summer.


  1. missysteinberg

    It’s interesting to see how scarves worn so differently in different cultures. My own grandmother was also partial to wearing hers wrapped around her head, which she called a “babushka.” I’ve yet to really pull off the look, mainly because my hair is a little too wild most days to be contained by such thin fabric haha I posted recently about reusing my grandmother’s silk scarves as wall art, here:

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