RHYS BOWEN: Like most of the Reds I do a lot of traveling to give speeches. I am trying to simplify my travel wardrobe so that I only carry one or two jackets and dress them up with scarves. The trouble is that I'm not that good with scarves, Cara Black always says that Parisian women are born knowing how to wear scarves. I drape one over my shoulders and it promptly slips off. I tie it around my neck and I look as if I have no neck. I loop it in front and the tassels drip into my soup.
So I am not a confident scarf wearer. However this summer I was given a fabulous gift at the end of my Tuscan workshop. It's a big Ferragamo silk scarf, absolutely gorgeous:
The only problem is: I have no idea how to wear it.
I could drape it like a Russian peasant woman
I could try to knot it
I could hope it might stay put around my neck
In the end I'll wind up doing what I always seem to do with scarves. Hang them around my neck and hope the wind doesn't blow it away (as happened once when I was boarding a regional jet in Charlotte and my favorite silk scarf was whipped away in the wind. As I watched it disappear across the tarmac the flight attendant said to me, "Don't even think about it."
So ideas and instruction please: how do I wear this new scarf?