In Praise of the Thin Useless Scarf

The limp piece of fabric may have a comeback.

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While I was on a recent trip down memory lane to research bicep bracelets, the archive researcher @gw2ku sent me a photo of Kate Moss wearing a metal upper arm cuff. Around her neck was another accessory synonymous with the much-maligned mid-’00s: a thin scarf. Maybe I should be more specific. It was a thin useless scarf, most popular between 2003 and 2007. (We confirmed: the photo of Moss was taken in 2005.) That same week, I was scrolling and saw that Devon Lee Carlson, the unofficial ambassador of the noughties comeback, wore a striped knit orange and pink scarf with a ribbed tank top that boasted the portrait of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. It looked kind of great.

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But tiny scarves get a bad rap. They blend into the amalgamation of oddball trends that dominated the denouement of the all-excess early noughties. Images of Ashley Tisdale and Hilary Duff wearing denim pedal pushers, a weird graphic tee, a newsies cap, and a floss-thin scarf scraping the knees spring to mind. They’ve been meme’d again and again.

This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Liana Satenstein