“Why is everyone wearing babushkas right now?” a friend asked me recently. We were walking around the city and had just spotted a young woman wearing a scarf around her head in the style of Strega Nona. “Isn’t this supposed to be ‘hot girl summer?’”
Had I had my wits about me, I would have taken the time to respond: “Why do they have to be mutually exclusive, huh?” Who says a scarf can’t be hot? Thelma and Louise had a pretty hot girl summer, no? The beauty of a scarf is its versatility: You can wear it as a hat or an anklet. You can use it as a shoulder strap for your bag. You can even tie a bunch of scarves together and use them as a rope to climb into your apartment when you inevitably forget your keys, or maybe lasso someone you want to talk to at a club. There are a million different ways to transform a small square of silk, which is what makes them so magical. And if you spend $400-something dollars on this luxury Hermès one (above), you’ll want to make the most of it.
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