If you intend to buy Mum a fashion accessory for the 9th of May, make it a scarf. Whether it is a shawl, neckerchief, foulard or any other kind of scarf, fabricated out of cashmere, wool, cotton or any kind of material, this clothing item can lend elegant pizzazz to any kind of outfit. Plus, unlike most jewellery or perfumes (but you can still buy her some, here and here) you don’t need to know her size or “scent-sitivities” in order to purchase one. Keep Mammy happy, cosy and voguish by draping her in any of these 8 made-to-be-loved scarves to show your love.
Floral-print silk scarf, $285 (USD $216), Gucci X Ken Scott
Wish you could get Mum a luxury brand item but the money’s tight? This one might fit your budget. Aside being a pretty pink piece by Gucci, it’s akin to a limited edition, work of art – its gorgeous botanical pattern is based on the work of the late “Fashion Gardener” Ken Scott, an American artist and fashion designer whose love of gardening permeated through his signature floral prints and vibrant designs. This slender, silk twilly with slanted ends is easy to slip on without weighing the rest of Mum’s Sunday brunch outfit down.
Available at Matchesfashion
Piece scarf, $527 (USD $395), Story MFG
This one’s for hippie mamas and grans. Hand crocheted with 100% cotton (which means every piece is unique), it is an extra long neck warmer (it measures 42cm by 170cm) that features patterns of peace signs, suns, snails and flowers in a hippie appropriate “Salad” colour.
Available at HBX
Black & off-white office print scarf, $372 (USD $280), MM6 Maison Margiela
Trust this experimental brand to come up with an avant-garde graphic scarf that features grey-scale magnified images of shelves holding folders and documents (it’s different on both sides) on a square 47.5 inch viscose-satin scarf. May trigger nostalgia feels in OL mothers about their office days in the 1980s.
Available at SSENSE
Leather scarf, $1,795, Jil Sander
Wait, what? This is a scarf? According to Luke and Lucie Meier, the co-creative directors at the minimalistic Jil Sander say it is. Dark emerald green textured lambskin leather is twisted into a 65-cm-long circular shape that fastens with a concealed snap-button closure. Your matriarch fashionista can always treat this as her statement necklace-slash-scarf-slash-wearable-sculpture.
Available at Mytheresa
Silk scarf with initial, $49.90, Zara
You want “personalised” options for your mother? Well, here’s Zara’s limited edition Alphabet Collection featuring 100% silk scarves that each come with a letter of the alphabet printed in the centre, in multiple colours and patterns, such as a “W” in purple, a “U” in dusty pink, and an “A” in caramel (seen here). Buy Mum one with her initial, or if you are able to, get enough to spell out her name so she can have revolving options, too, throughout the week.
Available at Zara stores, multiple locations, www.zara.com/sg
Cashmere scarf, $94.95, H&M
Even if Mommy’s more the serious, nonplussed-about-fashion kind, she will still love the cashmere feel of this all-black, fine-knit one from H&M’s Premium Selection. At 180 cm long and 40 cm wide, it’s sized right enough and soft enough for her to hold onto and caress all day long.
Available at H&M stores, multiple locations, www2.hm.com/en_asia2
Wool-mix blanket scarf, $299 (USD $225), COS
Really want to wrap Mummy up in all of your love? Then this huge light beige Scandi-inspired piece will “swaddle” her right up. Measuring at 190 cm by 119 cm, this blanket scarf’s woven into a ribbed knit from 64% RWS wool (Responsible Wool Standard that ensures the wool is traceable and ethically sourced) and 36% cotton. Perfect for mothers who feel chilly easily or need the extra warmth during colder days.
Exclusively available at COS’ online store
Patchwork Horse shawl 140, $1,450, Hermès
Nothing says “luxury scarf” than one from this French luxury brand. If you have enough moolah to splash out for a top-tier prezzie, then put your good money down for an Hermès 140 cm shawl, such as this outstanding 70% cashmere/30% silk masterpiece in fuchsia/vert/multicolore with hand-rolled edges. Designed by artist and trained architect Nigel Peake, it features a horse figure standing against a myriad of diamond shapes filled in with chevrons, stripes and checkerboard patterns. And, if the hues of this bright piece doesn’t match your mum’s aesthetic, then are 8 other coloured ones to choose from (but do check ahead on the brand site for the availability of these pieces).
Available at Hermès boutiques, multiple locations, www.hermes.com/sg
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