Is it right to say that ties and scarves are clothing accessories? Yes
they are accessories but maybe you can say also they are clothes or
clothing items. They clothe the body in a way that jewelery can't.
Certain jewelery can cover or 'give a second skin' to the body but ties
and scarves do more than this. Ties and scarves also give a finish to a
'look' in a way that a bag or jewelery may not do. So in this way they
are not accessories. Or at least they are certainly different kinds of
accessories to jewelery or bags.
Scarves can be worn outside the outfit, over a
coat. But this article generally considers the 'look' when scarves are
worn 'inside' a coat or jacket or at least over a shirt but without s
jacket or coat. Yes what about the look where the tie and scarf are worn
'inside'? Mention is made in this article of ties ,scarves worn in a
certain look e.g. with a faux fur jacket...or another type of waist
Suppose you have a faux fur jacket with a heavy
lapel and then inside you have a blouse or shirt then the scarf can be
perhaps worn as an extra clothing item. It is worth noting that many
shops don't sell individual looks or at least shops can never sell a
truly individual look to you. You want to create your own look. And here
is a look that incorporates ties, scarves. Indeed it is is doubtful that
a shop sells a scarf next to a faux fur jacket but you can choose to
create a look. You can have the scarf 'inside'. The scarf can be of
lesser weight than the faux fur and the scarf can be worn swinging down
both side of the neck, untied and unknotted. This is a look.
Remember that the tie and the scarf are suited
towards a certain look in that they both accent and 'fill out' the neck
and throat area. You can say perhaps that sometimes they 'clothe' these
areas. Of course you can have a scarf that can accentuate an open throat
Ties are in a way tailored items. Maybe your look
can include a skinny tie so that the role of the tie is not overbearing
and not heavy and perhaps too 'tailored'. When you have a jacket and a
shirt inside, a skinny tie may be a suitable feminine embellishment
which adds sharpness to a look. The tie brings sharpness rather than
masculinity to the overall feminine look you may have e.g. a drapy
jacket or a faux fur jacket or any suitable waist-length jacket.
The scarf and tie are 'for' the gorge area. That is
where they are made for. The knot of the tie is for this area despite
the length and width of the tie itself being important also. And the way
a scarf is worn around the neck and throat too seems to dictate the
overall 'scarf 'look; A scarf worn loose, without loop or knot, gives a
certain look. If a scarf has a loop, other looks may be created e.g. the
college girl look perhaps.
So the tie and scarf are 'clothing' for the neck
and throat area. You might disagree and say that if you wear a loose
scarf, you may leave the throat area bare. However this still shows that
the scarf seems to be some kind of clothing for the throat and neck
area. For as the scarf is worn loose , it reveals the throat area...and
the same perhaps for a tie. A skinny tie or an elastic, ready-made
skinny tie may 'reveal' and 'open' up the throat area in some way.
Jewelery can adorn and sometimes 'cover' the neck
and throat area. However ties and scarves don't just adorn, they cover
and clothe and add 'extra' to a 'look' in a way that jewelery can't.
Suitable patterns and color contrasts can be used. Some patterns are
more suitable for skinny ties or skinny scarves and other patterns are
suitable for heavier woolen scarves. A red scarf can sharpen a certain
look e.g. faux fur jacket with t-shirt inside. For example, you are
wearing a faux fur jacket with heavy lapel and maybe you are wearing a
t-shirt inside. Then a certain kind of scarf will accentuate and give a
little extra to this look.
A tie is associated with a collar which is why it
may be suited to a fitted tailored look.However there are also cravats,
certain light-weight fabric scarves, short knotted scarves and skinny
ready-made ties. If you don't wear shirts with collars, then maybe a
tie/scarf with your t-shirt or collarless blouse.-There is something
possibly chic and sharp about a collarless shirt with tie. There is
something chic too about light scarves contrasting with a heavy fabric
jacket e.g. faux fur.
Silhouette creation may be your aim. You want to
create a specific silhouette or a specific look. A slender silhouette
inside an outer heavier silhouette may be your aim and the appropriate
use of ties and scarves may do that.
This article was written by Joel for
publication on Apparel Search.
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