The Perfect Black Cashmere Scarf

For all the downsides of winter such as going to and from work in darkness, the harsh cruel weather and the pasty skin; I do always enjoy the first signs of the chill as it reminds me of log fires and warm soft clothes. In particular it allows me to unleash my favourite accessory form its summer captivity; the accessory being my black cashmere scarf.

If you dont already own one of these timeless scarves, allow me to give you a few pointers to set you on your way.

Provenance

Although cashmere comes from places such as India, China and Mongolia, you often hear cashmere referred to as English, Scottish and Italian. This doesnt mean that the goats from which the fabric is obtained live in these parts of Europe. The raw material of cashmere is sourced in places like India, China and Mongolia and for the lion share of cashmere products in the world, manufactured there.

However, many companies in Europe will import the cashmere yarn from the east and weave the cashmere in their own the mills. The reason for doing this is because cashmere must be treated with water before it is made into cloth. The reason why English, Scottish and Italian cashmere has such a high cachet attached to it is because the water used in the treating process is of very high quality compared to water used in China and India and other cashmere producing countries. The soft water gives the cashmere that added opulence that is essential in a cashmere scarf.

What to Wear with it?

The beauty of a black cashmere scarf is that it can be worn for both casual and smart occasions. During the week, I tend to wear it with my suit and winter coat tucked neatly underneath the lapelles. On the weekend I like to wear it with my grey or black cashmere crew neck jumper and light jeans in the traditional knotted style.

What to Accessorise with it?

What other accessories you team with your black cashmere scarf again depends on the occasion. When Im dressing for formal events or for work I like to wear lined leather gloves in either cashmere or silk. For casual dress, I often create a trio with a black cashmere beanie, black cashmere gloves and my black cashmere scarf.

I hope you have found this beneficial and if it does encourage you to go out and get one for yourself remember one thing; dont let anyone else borrow it.

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