This summer has seen an explosion of goodness in my scarf drawer as you’ve all noticed. It wasn’t planned. For a long time, I’ve been focused on editing down the scarf selection to my best, as well as on building a bag wardrobe. The closely guarded secret—that of course I’ll share with you—is that many, if not most, of these Hermès bags cost less than a boutique-sourced Hermès shawl. Yes, it’s true. As a result, scarves can seem frighteningly expensive in comparison—which they are. Expensive, I mean. Absolutely.
So upon diving into this scarf fervor, I made sure to know what I want. Part of that has been listening to what I need (sartorially, not existentially—I’m no minimalist) in the process of getting dressed. Since late spring, this has been light-colored scarves. Things to go with white, ivory, cream, and blush pink/peach. That’s what motivated the first rush of scarves arriving in the mailbox, from the yellow Au Fil de la Soie to the Rosée shawl to the handwoven Jamdani.
I’ve loved having such light-colored pieces. They get used often because so easy to grab, stuff in a bag, or drape around the shoulders while also feeling very fresh and summery.
So when the opportunity arose to acquire a second Jamdani, I didn’t hesitate, even though it is very similar to the firs. Rather than weaving the jamdani motifs in brown, this second weaves them in with golden threads. I find the difference striking despite the closeness of the two. The gold is dressier, more refined; the brown feels more solidly connected to the fingers that hand-wove it and the earth cleaned by monsoon rains.
Do you wear pale shawls and scarves in the summer?