It was a great question – thanks for sending it on – “I want an Hermes scarf in black and white, but there are SO MANY of them – how do I choose?”
Note that she also let me know that she’s pretty committed to a strict black and white wardrobe…
I’ve chosen these six scarves to use as our possible purchases. I strongly encourage you to click through and admire the details on these scarves if you have the time. There’s a reason that these scarves are so terribly expensive – they are exquisite.
For illustrative purposes, I’m going to use a couple of simple outfits – a very neutral black dress, and a white silk blouse and black silk pants.
The first scarf, Fleurs et Papillons de Tissus, feels soft, fluid, and feminine. So if you wanted to consider this scarf, you might be a person who likes the emphasis on the floral, and on the softly silver and rose highlights of the scarf.
This scarf really would suit someone who adores the graphic, op art, and angular/woven nature of a black and white wardrobe. Pleated earrings, woven bracelets, and a few extra stripes…
This scarf might be for someone who likes angularity with a world art aesthetic – crafted, natural materials, and a relaxed sense of being ready to hit the road at any time.
The difference between this scarf and the first one is subtle, but this scarf shows a rectilinearity the suggests a fondness for squared-off shapes. The small details in the scarf are suited for someone who likes subtle details – the woven textures in the jewelry and sandals show this.
To me, this scarf is perfect for someone who uses a simple black and white wardrobe as a springboard for bold accessories, including animal prints and vivid colors. If you like the feel of warm natural materials, this would be the scarf to choose.