Thursday, March 31, 2011

More 'Cheap and Chic' - Capsule wardrobe #33

Over time, I had a few requests asking for ideas how to wear oblong cotton scarves, the ones which are long, have some volume, and a slightly crinkly/crushed appearance.

Not owning one, I went for 'cheap&chic' scarf shopping trip and found a perfect one at C&A..

The colour and pattern is really pretty, and the dimensions great: 180cm x 80cm. As for the price, I had to look twice.. an unbelievable 7.00 EUR!

This post combines more series than ever, reader's style challenge, scarf it up, caspule wardrobe and cheap&chic.. such fun. And it gives a mini preview on the MT shawl ring for GMs and stoles, which will (if everything goes well) be launched in a few more weeks.

Capsule pieces: navy blazer, purple sweater, beige jeans
Shoes: chocolate loafers
Accessories: Cheap&Chic scarf, bourgogne clic clac H bracelet and Kelly in ebene
Scarf tying method: Criss-cross knot (with scarf wrapped once around neck before) and MaiTai Collection shawl ring in honey

Same as above, only with the scarf wound closer around the neck, and the criss-cross further down. I also tried the new criss cross bow, which is a lovely variation and works beautifully too.

Another idea is a low twist wrap knot. For a how-to, please click here

As above, only with the stole wrapped once around the neck before

Ideas without a scarf ring:
Double knot
Hacking knot
Loop knot
Ascot knot
Friendship knot
Weave knot (picture below)

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  1. The print on this is quite beautiful. It recalls ikat and Missoni all at once. A great scarf, and you style it wonderfully.

  2. Ikats are so wonderful and special, and this scarf reminded me of both references too. Happy you like it :)

  3. You had me at shawl ring...quite excited for it to be launched as I know it will make the larger scarves so much easier to manage. I have such a hard time with them!

    Funny enough, I had the exact reaction regarding the C&A scarf - very Missoni and a steal at € 7

  4. Your post proves the fact that the learner is always one step behind the teacher. Namely, I was in C&A, bought a classic blue dress from their Yessica line and went directly to the cashier desk past the accessories, as I was sure I would not find anything worth my attention there. How wrong I was! Moral of the story - it is important to keep the eyes open and be flexible. Obviously, I missed one rule at a general level. Will not next time. Nice combination and needless to say you look fabulous, I could write it every time and it would always be true. Love, Lilian

  5. Your new "cheap & chic" is about the same size as a few c&c that I bought in Prague several years ago. Thank you for reminding me different ways of tying these scarves. I'm off to practice the weave knot now....
    Hugs, CS

  6. What a find, this cheap and chic is just lovely and what a great intro in the market post earlier in the week. Looks fabulous with navy blazer and beige jeans (one of my favourite combos). Eagerly await more news on the shawl ring...!

  7. This scarf is a great find! It reminded me of Missoni prints too. I'll have to check the C&A store next time I go to S....I love the knot with the scarf ring. Lovely cheap and chic look.

  8. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE....a shawl ring!!! Once again you fill the gaps that Hermes skips over. Can't wait!!!!! I will of course, but I don't want to. ;-)

  9. beautiful and so creative. I already am dying to get my hands on the big scarf ring. Can't wait for it to be launched....put me on the list!


  10. This might be a repeat, but I can't help myself: Just when I've finally settled on a favorite look, you come back and top it once again!! Nothing else to add ;-) - xox, Macs

  11. Ooh... thanks for the shawl ring preview. Can't wait! I admire your creativity and I am thankful that I get to benefit from it.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  12. It´s difficult to find words. You did it again, my dear MaiTai! Look stunning even with a cheap scarf. Beauty comes from inside and you are beautiful regarless of what you wear.
    The scarf reminds me of Missoni.
    I am looking forward to the GM scarf rings and the bracelets!
    Wishing you lots of sunshine!
    Hugs, Manuela

  13. Truly très chic, my dearest MaiTai! What an amazing find - such lovely colors, so full of energy and incredibly versatile, and most perfect with our beloved Ms. Criss-cross <3 As always, the total effect of your outfit is phenomenal - the vibrant scarf pulls everything together in the most harmonious and complimentary way. I am overjoyed to hear the wonderful news of big sister scarf rings on their way - keeping my fingers crossed tight - you've given us all so much, dear MaiTai. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend. Sending you much love with warm sunshine hugs xx

  14. Many thanks for the lovely comments, and the warm welcome to Ms Cheap and Chic, dear ladies <3

    Dear Julian.F. thank you for sharing the excitement, although with spring and summer coming up, the timing could have been better!

    But my dear Durdica, I learn from YOU! I walked straight passed the dresses (and I need a blue dress!), will make sure to check all that is left and right next time! :)

    CS, have fun playing with your c’n’c scarves! Prague is such a beautiful city, but I have not been in ages..

    Belle de Ville, thank you!

    msT, here’s to navy and beige!! It was fun to test drive the scarf in the market, glad you enjoyed it too :)

    booksnchocolate, we all seem to have the same associatians re the c&c! Wishing you much luck on your hunt in S.!

    Laura, aww you made me laugh... they should be coming soon, fingers crossed!

    Chantal, thank you.. it will be yours, your name is on the list :)

    Macs, so sweet of you, thank you!

    SMR, so happy to hear you are looking forward to it! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend too!

    Manuela, really pleased you enjoyed the post. The cheap and chic scarves are so dear to me, as I hope they put a special highlight on the principal of coordination and a little knotting effort..

    Scarf Enthusiast, oh the magic of the criss cross! The colors of Ms Cheap and Chic truly could not be lovelier, they pick up on all the pink and purple spring flowers! Thank you for your sweet finger crossing, very much hoping it will help towards a smooth launch <3

  15. Mai Tai,
    i love this "ecnomy budget" style inspiration.
    it´s so missioni style...
    ...and missoni is one of my favorite designer brands for fabric inpiration!

    Happy weekstart & cheries cherry picks!
    enVie, yours Ni scarf fan & fabric artist ;-)

  16. Many thanks, dear Ni! Happy you enjoyed the post :)

  17. Hello,
    I am working on a budget and need a little style advice- i have a black birkin and etoupe evelyne as my go to investment pieces. I now want to purchase a hermes scarf and don't know where to start.

    I want something to work with navy/ black blazers white and blue jeans- all the hermes scarves i look at seem to be so brightly coloured i don know where to start.

    Can you offer any advice.. please

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  23. It is true, for some seasons brightly colored scarves seem to dominate the scarf counters chez Hermès, but you can still find some which have calmer colors/designs. Availability varies from store to store, but there is always the option to buy online at

    For general advice on how to choose a scarf you could check these posts
    How to choose a scarf - part one

    How to choose a scarf - part two

    Hope this helps, good luck!