Scarves hold a special place in the hearts of prep school girls, similar, in a way, to Topsiders. However, the versatility of the scarf make it a dangerous accessory, and one that is bound to be scrutinized and judged. Scarf prejudice has actually led to a sort of ‘scarf scare’ and quickly led prep school girls to buy great quantities of scarves around the fall of ’08.
There seemed, at this time, to be an explosion of scarves across campuses everywhere. It was quickly established that unlike gloves or a hat, scarves could not be worn in repetition and instead, girls found themselves trying to have a different scarf for every day of the week. Walking into a girls bedroom, many would now feature some sort of housing apparatus, dedicated solely to scarves. I’ve even heard tell of scarves being housed around the banister of the bed, and becoming incorporated in activities I won’t disclose here.
The extent to which girls took scarf fashion quickly made it something guys were unable to participate in. Getting your significant other a scarf was out of the question because with all the judgements flying around, it was guaranteed that she was opposed simply because it was you who had found it and not her. The competitive drive scarves instilled in girls became fierce.
As the years went down and the fad dwindled to some degree, some guys even picked up scarves to accessorize. Although they were far and few between, those who were bold enough to try it were seemingly well received, though I won’t believe for a second they ever felt completely at ease decked out with a scarf. To me that is the irony: no one wearing a scarf ever seemed quite at ease, but rather was always brutally conscious of the fact that they were wearing a scarf. The humanity.
I might add, the most useful application of the scarf typically came in covering up hickies from an eventful Tuesday night.