A few weeks ago, I posted about fall-winter trendy colors: some easy to wear (such as blue mixed up with black); others quite bold (tangerine) that we’d better wear as enhancing touches rather than from head to toe!!!
We all know how it goes with a woman’s wardrobe. Once in a while, we cannot (we just CANNOT) resist buying trendy clothes, bags or shoes (- Darling, I fell for this adorable little… How do you like it? She says – Hon, if it makes you happy, good for you! He answers… while watching a football game on TV)… BUT, eventually, we all go back to elegant classics we have no doubts about.
Question: What is the beloved and timeless scarf you would pack in your suitcase in case there is fire at home (assuming you have time to pack a suitcase)?
My answer: Besides my dear Hermès silk scarves (can’t accept the idea of taking just one scarf!), I would also grab a black and white polka dot scarf I have had for years…
… because I can wear it in any season; because it looks great with a black dress, a grey suit, a pair of black jeans or a snow-white winter coat or summer blouse.
Do you know many prints as charming and eternal as polka dots? I don’t.
I think Katie Holmes would agree with me. Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to ask her!
Sharing with you a personal memory: when I moved to the US I had no clue what polka dots meant (in French we say “petits pois” / small peas…). Tell me about the fun of languages! As I love to know the origin of weird words – at least weird to my French ears, I browsed the web and found:
“The term polka dot first appears in the magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book of May 1857: Scarf of muslin, for light summer wear…surrounded by a scalloped edge, embroidered in rows of round polka dots.The word polka itself is of certain origin. Two possibilities are commonly proffered. It could come from the Czech pulka, or half-step, pul meaning half. Or, it could be a blend of polonaise and mazurka”
What a lovely term for a lovely pattern!
Are black and white polka dot scarves all the same? No. The pattern varies from tiny dots to larger ones. Up to you to decide the one you like the best and then to create your own headscarf or neck scarf. Lost in (scarf) translation? Here are a few suggestions – more as you know on my CD Playing With Scarves.
What about polka dots with stripes? A little bit daring but absolutely trendy!
Other suggestion: mixing up small polka dots (my dress) with larger polka dots (my scarf that I wear as a belt) to create a nice and harmonious contrast.
Are you ready to dance the polka dot scarf dance too?