Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Reader's style challenges - how to highlight the center of a scarf

The challenge, posted by orange gaga onto a C'est la fête playtime post a few weeks ago

Here is your challenge my dear Mai Tai...create a new tie method for vintage 70 that shows the middle of the scarf.....the horse and rider are so delightful especially with the prune hat and boots but need to be able to wear it so that PART is visible....my money is ON YOUR ability to figure that out!!!
When you do please share with all of us CLF fans!!!
Hugs and kisses.... 

Many thanks for the request, dear orange gaga. Hope you'll like the ideas x


Most of the suggestions are also perfect to highlight the center of 90 carrés or GMs, but I will cover the various scarf formats separately over time. 

Look one: Asymmetrical wrap
click here for a how-to
detail
 
Look two: Basic slide

Start with the basic bias fold, then secure the ends in the basic slide
As above, with the ends flipped to the back
 Variation: wind the scarf once around your neck before securing the ends
 scarf ring info: moyenne in bone
To highlight a different part of the design (below showing the horse instead of the rider), you can 'move' the basic bias fold (start out in the usual way, and when it comes to the last 'folding to the center' stage, fold into the desired direction instead)
 
scarf ring info: grande in dark honey
Note: instead of the basic slide, you can also secure the ends in a criss-cross or double knot.


Look three: Cross-over knot

Start off with a much wider basic bias fold, where both the horse and the rider show
Place the scarf on your front while crossing over once. The ends are secured behind the neck with a scarf ring in the basic slide (instead of using a scarf ring, they can be simply knotted together)
scarf ring info: moyenne in black
The 'cross-over' knot works well in combination with a blazer, jacket or cardigan,
or a sweater with a low cut neckline


Look four: with a scarf fur collar
Start with the basic bias fold, then slide it through the loops of the fur collar in the two-loop method. The ends are secured in an Ascot knot.
 faux fur collar in noir, size S

 
faux fur collar in gris, size S



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35 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to try the different looks at the weekend.thinks I will start with look number two!
    P.s that's a very stylish blazer :)

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  2. Great post with so many new ideas and knots! Love the ' cross over' knot. Such a stylish way of wearing a scarf under a blazer or a cardigan!
    Thank you my dear MaiTaii, and thank you too to orange gaga. Bowing bisous to you, M xx

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  3. Mai Tai, you are a genius! These are great ideas for the 70cm's. I have the J'aime Mon Carre in the red colorway but rarely wear it. If I do it's usually as a necklace. Now I have some interesting ideas to try. The cross over knot and asymmetrical wrap should save the day. I have tried these with 90cm's and GM's. I don't know why I never tied with the 70cm's. A friend also suggested trying the petite pouf where you tie two ends, slide them through to make the pouf and then wear as a choker.

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    1. I call the 'petite pouf' a 'flower knot', but petite pouf sounds just adorable! Your friend is right, the 'pp' highlights the center of a scarf (allthough for a choker the Gavroche format seems better suited) http://www.maitaispicturebook.com/2010/08/how-to-wear-hermes-gavrochepocket.html

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  4. This is just perfect in all aspects! Fresh,new knotting ideas for 2013! Saves $$$, too...no need to shop for a new look! So many great ideas offered here. Thank you for the inspiration dear MT! Hugs, t xx

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  5. Excellent options!
    Quick question....of all the folds, which one (or two) do you use the most often? I find that I gravitate to one fold in particular, so I'm just curious if you, my idol :), do as well.

    Many thnks!!

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    1. I vary the knots all the time, depending on which part of the scarf's design/color I'd like to highlight. The weather, occasion and rest of the outfit play play an important role too. Overall, I probably use the criss-cross knot (incl. the criss-cross bow knot) and basic slide the most. In winter, I love wearing my scarves in combination with a scarf fur collar.

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  6. Fabulous. Luff it how graciously you share your knowledge.

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  7. oh My dear Tai...
    BRAVO...I knew you would be up for the task....but so many fabulous options....only our dear Mai Tai could do that!!!
    Cant wait to find the time to play with my CLF!!
    Continue to inspire all your fans.....your charming talent ( and sweet smile) adds so much joy to this lovely community of H collectors!! Healthy and happy new year!!
    xoxo

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    1. Many thanks again for the fabulous challenge, my dear orange gaga! A very happy and healthy New Year to you too xxx

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  8. Thank you for this wonderful Inspiration! I am allready wearing the Cross over :-) such a great idea!!
    You are so Kind to share your Knowledge with us..
    A happy Rest of the week and a wonderful weekend ahead, Dear Maitai!
    (looking forward to another furcollar playtime this weekend :-) )
    Christina

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    1. Hope the fur baby arrived in time for the weekend fun!

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  9. Bravo!
    Challenge reussi c est tres bien toutes ses idées j adore les dernieres car on voit bien les imprimés des foulards
    Avec mon col j aime que le foulard soit bien long et que j en profite
    Avec le mistral est le froid revenu je vais bien en profiter
    Belle fin de semaine
    Amities
    MYRIAM

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    1. Profitez bien du froid, chère Myriam! Bonne soirée à vous :-)

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  10. the scarf and all of it's variations is/are absolutely lovely - yet you're the highlight! :D xox, Macs

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  11. This scarf is my 2012 favorite! And I am always amazed at what you see and make of a scarf! Excellent! :-) Thanks for all your inspiration and have a very HAPPY weekend :-)

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    1. It's a fabulous scarf, I agree! Happy Sunday night to you :-)

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  12. Thank you! I just bought Chantilly, and I wondered how to show the horses and people in the middle of the scarf. I love the cross-over knot!! Fabulous!

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    1. Congrats on the Chantilly! So glad you enjoy the cross-over knot ;-)

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  13. Merci beaucoup, je viens d'essayer toutes vos jolies idées et je me suis bien amusée avec mon CLF! So lovely and nice ways to have fun and play with our scarves. I just love the "cross-over" knot for 90s. Thanks for sharing so elegantly.
    Catherine.

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  14. Dearest MaiTai,
    Wow, each one so different yet displays the center brilliantly! Your talents are beyond phenomenal. I too am loving the cross-over at the moment - and ITA with dear hair-mess, you're the shining highlight <3 Thank you to orange gaga for a great challenge and to you, dear MaiTai for sharing your extraordinary gift with us. Sending you all my love and big January hugs xxx

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    1. Love the cross-over too, it keeps the neckline so luxuriously warm and cosy! Hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend, and sending bisous for the special hugs <3

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  15. Dear Mai Tai
    Wonderful! You have already inspired me as to what I will wear tomorrow.
    Happy New Year and looking forward to all your wonderful "H" ideas
    Sarah from CH

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, dear Sarah!

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  16. Many thanks for the lovely and sweet comments, my dear tara, Manuela, Karen from Canada, Trudye, Faux Fuchsia, orange gaga, Christina, Myriam, Macs, happyfaceSewingLibrarian, Scarf Enthusiast and Sarah! Hope you enjoyed a most lovely weekend, and have a great week ahead! xxx

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  17. A very happy new year to u MT! I am from India - the country of innumerable saree drapes :) Just subscribed to your blog and am pleasantly surprised to find so much more than just scarf knots !! Though I don't own a Hermes (yet:) I have a collection of "dupattas" - like longer wider version of stoles and various plain, batik, tie-n-dye and ombre pieces which I am now trying out in different styles... Thanx to U !

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    1. A warm welcome to my blog, and a very happy New Year to you too! Your scarf collection sounds beautiful and exotic (I have a soft spot for batik designs), wishing you much fun tying your dupattes into the various knots and drapes!

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