Scarves can be found all around the globe, especially around this time of year. One of the most common uses we see today is worn around the neck to ward off the cold. There are other ways to wear the garment, like over the shoulders, around the head, and even around the waist. We see scarves as a fashion statement, and as a way to display our own personal style and tastes. There was a time, though, that scarves weren’t used for fashion and weren’t meant for everyday style for just anyone.
One of the earliest uses for scarves was for warm weather. The heat would cause people to sweat, and scarves were a way to wipe it away. During this time, the scarf was often tied to a belt, but was also worn around the neck in a very lightweight material. In other cultures, scarves were often worn to distinguish class or profession, using different colors to signify who was who. Different materials were also used to distinguish person from person, such as silk for higher ranks and cotton for lower ranks. Head scarves were popular in other cultures, used for fashion and function. During the late 1800’s, fashion scarves began to outnumber function scarves and started to be used as style accessories in a similar way that we wear them now.
Today, scarves are still used for fashion and function. Some people wear them to keep their hair from becoming a mess, some wear them for warmth, and others use them as a statement piece. These days, though, a scarf can be used for both practical and aesthetic purposes! Our scarves this season are great for keeping warm, but they can do much more. Their bold prints and colors are perfect for adding a special touch to your outfit. One of my favorite wool scarves for winter weather is our Perla scarf, a soft wool piece with a fun splash of color!