I adore shawls.
They add color. They add detail. They add interest. And of course, they add warmth.
What’s not to love?
I was so inspired by my shawls recently (when I received in the mail the very lightweight wool scarf I’d been raving about from Virginia Johnson), I decided to take a picture of them all nicely rolled up. You can see them better in the second picture, especially the paisley shawl.
Whenever I’m complimented on something I’m wearing, it’s often because of how I’ve added a shawl or scarf to the mix. I rarely add one that’s expected; instead, for myself and for clients I add a shawl or scarf that is what you wouldn”t expect, usually in color. I wear the pink and brown one on the left with a plummy red coat. The gray and ivory shawl on the right looks great with one end thrown over my shoulder over my purple velvet pea coat.
And people always want to know where I’ve found them. I’ve definitely found shawls and scarves at antique shows and on eBay, but there’s nothing like that here. My current collection consists of (from top left):
A recycled cashmere patchwork scarf by Claude
The new Virginia Johnson (in navy, with the ASL alphabet)
A gray peony shawl from last year, by Virginia Johnson
A random apricot colored shawl, probably from a New York street stall of an airport shop
A huge paisley shawl
A vintage Eileen Fisher ombre wool shawl, and
A boiled-wool scarf from Anthropologie, bought a couple months ago; it looks pretty unusual but I see it’s by Echo
My personal style would be a lot less interesting without these shawls! Do you love shawls and scarves as much as I do? What’s your go-to accessory? Tell me about it! (And please, subscribe to this blog.)