scarves Here’s to the start of a new week ?. I have made a few theme changes on my blog in an effort to explore my options. Hope you like it. Our current undecided weather got me thinking about all the various ways that we accommodate the changes in our fashion and style. This in turn, got me thinking about my scarves and how I wear them when it is cold to counter that or when it is warm just to add a little something to my outfit of the day.

Did you know that scarves have their roots in Rome, where their primary function was to keep the men working in hot weather dry and clean? They were originally designed to keep the wearer warm and cozy but have gone from a functional statement to a fashionable one, as they are now worn regardless of the season as accessories. Their use as fashion items started in the 1800s and they were usually made of expensive silk. Scarves can range from skinny to chunky and can be made of various materials from silk to cotton to wool.

Photography by Neil Mitra.

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I would describe scarves in 5 ways:

Versatile– They are both functional (they can keep you warm without layering too much) and fashionable. They can be worn by children, women and men.

Understated– You can use them to tie your look together and make it work by linking otherwise different pieces. They can even be used to dress up  a basic jeans and T-shirt combo. People with minimalist style can still wear them without feeling intimidated by the trend.

Personal– They can be styled according to an individual’s personal taste and there is one for every type of taste and style.

Fun– They can be tied in so many different ways, to give a different effect to your ensemble. I found this simple and fun tutorial here

Affordable– They can do all these things and not break bank. In fact, for the three scarves I feature in this post, I bought two for Ksh. 100 (1$) each and the third was a gift.

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Fashion can be expensive, style doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to maintain affordable style. Some of the ways that I use include: Thrifting, even when I do this, I get different pieces at different times. Not everything at once. It makes the experience more fun. Bargaining is also something I have learnt from this. Saving up, I put away some cash when I feel the urge to splurge on something coming on and by the time I go hunting, I have something saved up. Asking, if I find something that I absolutely love and it is an expensive piece, I find out if it is possible to pay a small amount to reserve it then pay for it in intervals (some stores allow you to do this). Gifts, I definitely incorporate those in my style ?.

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It all comes down to individual style on a budget. One can get not so expensive items, put them together, be confident and look like a million bucks. But, if you have the budget to splurge, you can get the 500$ a piece Hermes scarves, or maybe even consider the most expensive scarf in the world sold at an auction for 4.8 million dollars… ?

Do you incorporate scarves into your style? If not, maybe look into it.

Enjoy your week everyone. ?