My experiences with a scarf usually involve freezing temperatures – necessity rather than style! Mum always says if you don’t wear a scarf on cold, damp days then you will surely catch a cold. After numerous chills and bugs I eventually added this item of clothing to my daily dress – winter only. The scarf was usually a reliable M & S number – colourful and woolly – practical but not particularly stylish. A Danish friend started to return back to London from holiday’s in Copenhagen with gorgeous large wrap-around scarves and I guess I took a little notice as I started to search around for something a little more glamorous……
Fast forward to nine months in France and how the tables have turned. Yesterday I was sitting on the beach with my scarf close to hand in case of a little wind (the mistral wind that is, blowing on and off throughout the year – it’s a chilly wind, annoying in the winter and welcome in the summer). What has happened to me….I mean really….the beach!!!
In Aix en Provence and I suspect most of France the scarf is a trusty friend as much as an accessory all throughout the year for style, for comfort and for warmth. It covers every outfit (and also a multitude of sins)! Oh so chic, French women wear their scarves beautifully. A few simple manoeuvres et Voila! c’est parfait!!! It took me a little longer but now I think I have it…the look…the French look!!
Scarves are abundant here, every market and every store: every price, all shapes and sizes, colours and fabrics. Now the summer is here there is a matching scarf for every bikini. And it’s not just the women… the men are at it too. I see the men arrive from other countries and its not long before they too are wearing them….. the French look! It’s a stamp of approval saying I’m not just a tourist anymore.. I’ve moved on….. not a local yet but one step further towards it. As for me…well I’m just thrilled to have a new, reliable and glamorous friend…my scarf!!!!!!