How amazing is it, that I get to write this article about scarves, right at this ‘Scarf Capital’ – Paris – which I nicknamed it since my first visit here in 2002…
Back then, I remember it very clearly, it was a beautiful cool autumn day. It’d be in October I am pretty sure. I was travelling by Paris metro, and where I sat was one of those two sets of chairs facing each other. In total, the four of us – all female – were all in scarves that day!!!
As I found it quite amazing so I looked around, and started paying even more attention to the passengers who also wore scarves. I spotted one gentleman in a dusty pink winter scarf (a very romantic approach I thought); a man who was wrapped up by a bright orange one (which I love), and a young guy, he just let his long, mint green scarf hang… These were a few out standing ones which grabbed my instant attention!
It was there and then, I was convinced that, out of all the cities I’ve been to, Paris, truly deserved to be the ‘Scarf Capital’!
The thing is, not only the amount of people wearing them in Paris, it’s also how they wear them – you sure can get really creative with these pretty things around your neck! Also, how far would they go when it comes to the colours and prints impressed me. Parisians are sure not shy when it comes to wearing colours. ‘Ooh~La~Lah~’ as the Parisian often says, that was an autumn in the scarf wonderland!
It does feel like a full circle now, coming back here and blog about scarves in Paris. Only this time around, in late July when this ‘City of Light’ has been hit hard by heat wave. There is clearly a lack of scarves on sight. I guess it’s a bit hard to wrap our sweaty necks with such delicate silky things, and trying to appear elegantly in a 36C heat when all we care about is where the next gelato shop is…
So, giving it’s 33C outside, should I really, must wear one today just because ‘je suis à Paris’ (I’m in Paris)?
Self portrait with the collaboration of A.K.