When you walk around Paris, you notice one immediate difference from America: Everyone — young and old, male and female — seems to be wearing a scarf. And, because they are Parisians, they look ridiculously stylish in doing so.
There apparently are many different ways to wear a scarf. Almost no one goes for the “flung over the shoulder” look I remember from my youth. Instead, the scarves are nattily tied around the neck so that they gather there in attractive bunches and bulges that complement the entire outerwear ensemble. Russell, with his practiced artist’s eye, explained that one of the approaches involves doubling up the scarf draping it over the neck, and then sticking the end through a loop.
I couldn’t figure that technique out, but I did bring a brightly colored scarf from home in preparation for our Parisian adventure. I wore it knotted around the neck yesterday, and hoped that it helped me fit in — even if just a little bit.