I can't say my love of scarves comes from being French, because I'm not. But I have been collecting and wearing scarves for more than two decades. The patterned silks and cottons slink their way in and out of my closet seasonally, sometimes taking a vacation on a guest room shelf for a few years before returning to regular rotation. The bright colors bring life and variety to a wardrobe made up mostly of dark, solid colors. When it's cold, a scarf knotted close around your throat can keep you incredibly warm. Folded long and narrow they can take the place of a headband. Larger pieces become shawls, or even throws for the living room sofa. And just the other day a strategically tied scarf let me transform a loose and very low-cut bathing suit cover-up into a top suitable for city shopping. Voilà!
Photo from the Hermes Spring/Summer 2010 campaign "Life as a Tale."
"Use the good china for breakfast."