Monday, September 13, 2010
Cool Styling Trick: The Belted Scarf
When I was a kid, I loved playing beauty pageant. Probably because I always won.
OK, so things might have been stacked in my favor. Just a bit. My younger brother was always the judge — and he knew I'd kick his ass if he didn't vote for me. More importantly, the tiara was mine. If any of the other contestants even thought about trying to win it, I'd remind them of that. I spent all my Christmas money on that sparkly, rhinestone tiara that I'd admired for months in the glass case at Hancock Fabrics.
For the evening gown portion of the pageant, I always wore the same dress — a satin-edged pink, waffle baby blanket. It was just long enough to tuck one end under my armpit and drape the other over my left shoulder for a very elegant look. That same kind of childhood inventiveness — you make use of what ya got — comes to mind with all the belted scarves popping up.
Urban Outfitters did it in its recent catalog.
Neiman Marcus also belted wide swaths of cashmere on its website.
Simple, effective — you just drape a scarf over your shoulders and belt at the waist. What could be easier? And, more versatile? It's exactly the kind of thing Miss Junior America World would have done.