Friday, May 4, 2012

Capsule wardrobe # 57 - how to wear a scarf in a simple half bow knot

When walking past this statue, I thought how similar the drapes of the fabric looked to the horse mane pattern of the Quadrige scarf I was wearing.

With DS going back to school next week, it was about time to get him into town to buy a few summer shorts and t-shirts. Shopping is not one of his favorite activities, and so were are all glad that it's done.

Capsule pieces: blue jeans, navy t-shirt and navy blazer
Shoes: Converse sneakers
Accessories: Hermès 'Quadrige' 90 Carré, chaine d'ancre enamel bangle and Bleu de Prusse Bolide
Scarf tying method: Scarf folded in the basic bias fold, placed around the neck and tied in a bow, with one loop pulled out (see photos below)


The Quadrige is a perfect example of how important it is to choose a scarf with the basic bias fold (marked in pink) in mind. Even though it appears predominantly dark, the light mane of the brown horse illuminates the face as soon as the scarf is placed around one's neck
(the opaque parts get folded away, or disappear in the knot/behind the neck)
I remember that I wasn't drawn to it when I saw it for the first time at my local Hermès boutique, it appeared so somber. Folded into a small rectangle nestling in the scarf counter, there was no way to imagine how illuminating and light it would be when worn,

especially as the light part of the pattern was further hidden by the overlapping way the scarves are displayed.

So very glad I eventually asked to see it unfolded (although it was some time later), it has since become one of favorite and my most loved scarves.

How-to for the simple bow knot: Fold your scarf in the basic bias, then place around your neck. Tie a bow (in the same way you tie your show laces). Pull one of the loops out, et voilà.
Featured scarf: Coupons Indiens


Wishing everyone a most wonderful weekend! x


34 comments:

  1. As usual, beautiful ensemble and charming post. Tai, I hope that your birthday weekend is wonderful, creating buckets of smiles and lovely memories that last a lifetime. Lots of love, Jan

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  2. Thanks so much for the sweet good wishes, my dear friend! Have a most wonderful weekend too x

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  3. No spring colours? But very apt for the currant weather here. Spot on re the way this scarf lights up your face, a perfect neutral.

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    1. It was overcast in the morning and felt cold, so the white Converse felt like a sufficent concession to the season ;) Our sky is filled with dark clouds now, hoping for some better weekend weather to come for us all us!

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  4. You know I love navy on navy so I love this outfit. Quadridge is one of my favourites in your collection, and one I'll always regret passing up. You are so right even though the colours are dark, the cream really works it up. Nice touch with the 'connies' very casual chic! Did someone whisper its a birthday weekend??? Its a very special birthday at that! Congrats and wishing you the loveliest weekend. Ax

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    1. Hope a Quadrige will come your way one day, will definitely keep my eyes open :) Thank you also for the sweet birthday wishes. It was last Saturday, but the really big one will come only next year. Here’s to all good things in life, and especially to wonderful news!

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  5. In the horse riding world, that is called a quick release knot, which is quite fitting as there are horses on your scarf :-)

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    1. What a perfect name for this knot! Thank you for sharing :)

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  6. You look so lovely, especially in the photo with the cell phone held up to your ear.

    Best wishes for a Happy Birthday, dear.

    Warm hugs,
    CS

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    1. Many thanks, my dearest CS. It was such a very happy day indeed <3

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  7. Merci pour votres idées! )

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    1. Avec grand plaisir, chère Lara :)

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  8. Gorgeous casual chic in action, MT! Have a wonderful birthday weekend! xx

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  9. Hi! So funny that you are commenting today on the quadrige: I stumbled a couple of days ago on a picture of our soon-to-be-future-ex-future-first-lady Mrs Carla bruni where she was wearing the same model in a different colorway as a sash around the waist in the courtyard of the Elysée on some occasion. I immediately thought of you! But I have to add that she wears it nearly as elegantly as you do!
    Love, love your blog!
    Béa in switzerland.

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    1. So happy to hear you enjoy my blog! Many thanks, and a warm welcome to you :) Carla brought so much style and elegance to the Elysée palace, will certainly miss that. The Quadrige is beautiful tied into a sash, I’ll remember that for the next time!

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  10. Your posts are so uplifting! Enjoyed the photograph of the lovely statue. They are also very informative. I read the explanation of evaluating the open scarf along both axes to choose the colors against your face in one of your previous posts (I think you used Fleurs d'Indiennes to illustrate). It has completely changed the way I look at scarves when purchasing, and before folding them to wear. The half bow knot is one of my favorites, I usually do it with your Grande scarf ring. Thanks! Have a great day!!

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    1. The half bow knot is one of my favourites too, it dresses up instantly, and is so quick and easy to tie. It is truly lovely to know that the posts are helpful, and if one looks at the picture with the blocked out parts, one knows where the great body and volume of the scarves comes from! You wear yours so beautifully, thanks again for the gorgeous pics!

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  11. ohh, very nice outfit, cool! http://katefashionstyle.blogspot.com/

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  12. What a useful reminder to look at the centre bias fold - the scarf looks so different on you to how it looks folded. I love it too!

    Good luck to your son for the summer term. xxx

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    1. It is always amazing to see how much the character of a scarf can change... all it needs, is for those small stripes to be different from the rest of the scarf. Many thanks for the sweet good wishes for DS <3

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  13. Happy birthday dear MaiTai! Thank you, my dear birthyear sister, for another year of wonderful posts and inspiring style. Sending hugs from the south (soon to be relocating to the west coast :)!).
    XOXO

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    1. Thank you, my dear! Birth year twin hugs to you, and good luck with the move! xo

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  14. Dear Tai,
    Very happy birthday,
    What a lovely post. You are right about the special way we need to consider a design before buying. Also some designs lend themselves better to one knot than another. Reading your blog has led me to be more adventurous.
    Wishing your son a happy and successful term at school.
    Much love to you,
    Terese

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    1. So lovely to see you here, my dear friend! Merci for the lovely good wishes, too. I had a most wonderful day, spent with my two men by the sea. It could not have been more blissful. DS and I are blowing bisous <3

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  15. Happy B-day from me as well!!! :-) You look trés chic (as always) and are making me long for a classic dark blue bag (DH say 'Thank you' on that one ;-) - hugs and a huge toast, Macs

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    1. Thank you, my dear sweet Macs! Re the bag, hasn’t blue been on your mind before? Hmmh.. red, blue, green... You’d rock them all!! <3

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    2. Yes it has (how sweet of you to remember even the green ;-), but it's been "pushed aside" due to other wishes on my list. Every time I see you though with your bolide, especially when wearing such a classic, chic ensemble, the lust returns. :-))

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  16. Great tip about looking for the brightness or a particular colour in the bias fold. And thank you again for the knotting Cards download!

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    1. Happy you liked the post, and wishing you much fun with the cards!

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  17. Hope you've had the most wonderful birthday celebration, my dearest MaiTai, thought of you all weekend <3
    As always, your keen eye for beauty and art is second to none. So true re the fold, in the bias or in a drawer, giving us never-ending surprises. You look just so beautiful!
    Wishing you the happiest week ahead. Sending you all my love and big birthday month hugs and kisses xoxo

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    1. Your sweet good wishes and lovely words brought some extra happy sunshine to the celebrations last weekend. Thanks so much, my dear friend! Much love to you, and wishing you a most wonderful and happy week too x

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  18. I found your site in pinterest and I love scarfs. I am going to attempt this bow tie scarf ensemble today.

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