This isn’t a question I get every day: a reader has decided that she wants to buy this particular design of Hermes scarf – Le Songe a la Licorne. (it means the dream of the unicorn – I have no idea why…) She stated that she wears a lot of camel/tan/beige, and was leaning toward a winter coat in either blue or rose. Whew…
But this is really an interesting question – how DO you choose from among a variety of colors (for anything, not just an Hermes scarf), when there’s a wide variety available?
My suggestion is that you think about what the other items AROUND the potential purchase might look like. Do you already own the jewelry, or shoes, or whatever, that will make the outfit all come together? If you already own the complements to your new item, that makes the choice much easier. (unless you really don’t LIKE those complementary items, in which case, get rid of them!)
So let’s start with a warm, simple outfit in the neutral camel. Or tan. Or beige…
Our first choice has a blue border that just jumps out at me, and so I chose a coat in that color, and some earrings too. (notice the triangular shape that echoes the triangles all over the scarf formed by the criss-crossing strips?). And the middle background area of plum is a nice color for a bag and boots. If this scheme is appealing, maybe this is the scarf to choose!
More triangular earrings, but this time I mixed the very prominent red in the scarf with the dark blue inner border. There are a lot of different color combinations possible from any one of these scarves; you should focus on the colors that catch your eye, and that you love most! If the idea of red boots makes you happy, look no further…
The first thing that I noticed about this scarf was the variety of shades of pink. So when a two-toned pink coat showed up in my search, I knew that I was onto something. To keep everything else more subdued, I concentrated on the black background, while not forgetting my view of the triangles that always pop out when I look at this scarf.
Raspberry is a little bit more subtle in this scarf, and there are a lot of tan highlights here, so that’s where I concentrated my attentions. I think this combines subtle and bright pretty nicely!
This coral coat tones down the very strong tones of this scarf well, I felt. And since the scarf has such a strong presence, I kept the rest of the hypothetical accessories very low-key for balance. But I like the way that the rose gold earrings reflect the rosy color of the snuggly coat!
While this scarf is very bright, I thought I’d pull together a muted vignette using the teal/hunter green colors that are the accents of this scarf. This is another ensemble in which the scarf is the star of the show, but none of the supporting characters pass unnoticed. Gold boots! And a jazzy green clutch – nothing timid here.
Okay, I’m the first person to admit that this is a LONG way to go in order to choose a scarf, but this is no small purchase for most people – a good deal of planning might be smart. And it’s always good practice to envision how you’ll wear something BEFORE it’s purchased – this can make all of the difference between good buys and bad ones, or the difference between a great purchase and walking away!