Word on the street (Wikipedia) is that scarves were originally invented for men, but then women took them over and made them fabulous—because that’s what we do. Now that it’s October and we can no longer use our midriffs as fashion accessories, we must turn to bigger and better things. And that, my friend, is the timeless art of neckwear!
Before winter arrives like the self-aware asshole that he is, and scarves take on the responsibility of protecting our necks from freezing through and snapping like raw pieces of spaghetti,
they have a much more important job: making us look like swanky bitches.
Scarves seem foolproof: toss that sucker around your neck like a boa constrictor and you’re a regular old fashionista, right? WRONG. If you want to look like you know what you’re doing, you can’t just buy any piece of fabric that some chain store is trying to pawn off as a shawl. And as badly as you want to wear that scarf your grandma knit because you can feel the love she wove into it, refrain! This fall weather is too good to not be complimented by a flowy scarf with a killer pattern that screams in the faces of passersby, “I am to be taken seriously!”
Let me make this easy.
If you want a foolproof place to find the perfect scarf, you need not venture farther than the Green Line—New England natives Brooke Garber and Stephanie Nist have gathered some of the best lines of scarves in their Brookline Boutique, Mint Julep.
Mint Julep was started by the Boston University and Holy Cross graduates in 2004. They ventured into Harvard Square in 2006, and most recently, they made the trek to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Aside from scarves, they carry handbags, clothing, and other accessories.
They pride themselves on having something for everyone, and boy do they deliver!
Mint Julep’s fall scarves cover an extensive spectrum. They have light scarves perfect to accent an autumn outfit, as well as scarves thick enough to carry you through the winter months. A good place to start is with Yarnz, from out of New York. Yarnz offers unique patterns every season, and right now they’re presenting us with 100% cashmere and 50% cashmere/50% wool scarves. Not only are these scarves adorned with exciting designs, but they are comfy as all hell.
Now here’s what we love most about Mint Julep: one of their best line of scarves comes right out of Somerville!
What do we love more than supporting local businesses? Supporting local businesses who are supporting other local businesses, that’s what! Whew. Getting dizzy. Printed Village was started by husband and wife Jason Faulkner and Rachel Huang. Their designs range from whimsical nature and animal prints, to classic and refined. Rachel even draws some of the designs herself! My favorite is the skull pattern scarf, which is conveinent, seeing as it—along with most of their line—is a steal at $30.
Stop it, Mint Julep, you are too good to us.
So make the trip to Mint Julep and spice up your neckwear this fall … or your neck will freeze and your head will fall off and you’ll die.
The choice is yours.