Accessorizing is an art. Ask any woman who looks well put together. Accessories transform an ordinary outfit by adding an element of style, colour or sparkle. Scarves are among the most versatile, in their many variations. There are so many choices; warm ones, pashminas in every hue imaginable and decorative silks and other fabrics. Scarves are the accessory of choice of many women as they age. A colourful scarf worn around the neck can mean the difference between looking vibrant or like a walking cadaver. Of all the visible body parts, necks do not – as a rule – age well. A scarf that conceals that sagging flesh is a more cost-effective alternative to expensive and painful plastic surgery. Scarves make ideal gifts. One size fits all. You never have to worry if your gift fits the recipient, so the return factor is negligible. Making a scarf purchase for you can prove to be a much needed pick-me-up that registers fairly low on the guilty pleasure scale, especially when compared with buying a Prada purse. So, what’s the big deal? Why nominate scarves for C.R.U.D. (Completely Ridiculous Useless Debris) status? The answer lies in the relative ease in which they are acquired. There is a high degree of vulnerability to gravitate towards excess capacity. When a collection crests to a dangerous level, the vast majority are unseen and forgotten. These rejected scarves have to battle it out for space in the drawers with neglected hosiery and lingerie. If hung on hooks or hangers, your scarves are more likely to slip off and be swallowed alive by your own personal Leviathan – the swirling tornado of shoes, belts, necklaces, shopping bags, gym stuff, boxes of tissues-aka your closet floor.
Although scarves don’t come with an expiration date attached, they actually do have a shelf life. We strongly recommend regular editing. Making the cuts should not be insurmountable. You can divide the de-cluttering into two tasks: the winter and the fashion pieces. Eliminate those scarves that have been in your possession since puberty. If you live in South Florida you will not need that basket of bulky, knitted six foot mufflers any longer. You can save one for when you have to visit family up North in the dead of winter. Do you happen to have any of those synthetic fuzzy scarves in lavender that you made when you were first learning to knit? You can let them go too. Those are the obvious ones. The rest of the decisions are up to you. Just keep in mind factors like wear and tear, colour, duplication, sentiment, shape and itchiness in determining your criteria for donating. Scarves are easy to donate and re-sell as they tend to stay in style somewhat longer than other fashion staples.