Some of my all-time favorite thrift store finds are scarves. There's the floaty ombré grey scarf that looks like smoke or mist. There's the square silk with abstract splotches, like a Calder mobile came to rest in two dimensions. And this black scarf shot with gold thread and tiny, jewel-tone flowers, like cloisonné. I like scarves because they're an inexpensive, easy way to add flair and interest to an outfit, and can be used in so many ways.
For Christmas this year, my best friend gave me Fifty Ways to Wear a Scarf, by Lauren Friedman. I really enjoyed the whimsical illustrations and fresh ideas for scarves. I tried the scarf braid, giving it the unique twist of pulling my braid to one side.
To begin, part your hair one side, then gather your hair and pull it to the opposite side.
Next, take your scarf and place it about two inches back from your hairline, and place it so the ends rest along your ears. The end that is on the same side as your part should be about two inches longer than the end that is on the same side as your gathered hair.
Pull the end that was on the same side as your part across the nape of your neck and under your gathered hair. Let it rest a sec.
Bring the front section of your hair, the chunk that is in front of the scarf (and your ear), forward and out of the way. You can clip it or hold it with your mouth if you need to.
Make sure both ends of the scarf are about even and tie them together once - in other words, into the first half of a square knot.
Now put the front section of hair back with the rest. Separate your hair into three sections, and put the scarf into the front section. Braid away!
When you reach the end, put an elastic around the whole thing, scarf included.
Now tie the scarf in a square knot over the elastic and let the ends dangle!