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The scarf is the thing in Spain



ScarfToday is my first day at work after a three-week honeymoon in Spain. Boo-hoo.

I set off with great hopes of returning with a fabulous European wardrobe. But have you seen the Euro-dollar conversion rate lately? I could do little more than window shop and admire street fashion.

The good news, dear Divas, is that the the world is flat. While Spain has Zara's by the dozen, that's not such a novelty anymore. I encountered relatively few stores with unfamiliar names, from Chanel to Tommy Hilfiger. The vendor of a scarf that I bought at a street market in Barcelona proudly shared how he has sold the same item in India, Washington DC and Budapest.

Rachelrayscarf_2Whatever the origin, the scarf is the thing in Spain. Looped or billowing, this is the all-occasion accessory for every age and body type. Older women wear silk squares knotted neatly over simple blouses. The younger set is heavily into the Yasser Arafat look, like the scarf that landed Rachel Ray in trouble in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial.

We're blogged before about how to wear scarves, which you see more in major cities like New York than in Tampa. But I'm determined to work this look into my wardrobe. A scarf can transform a minimalist black shirt and jeans into a chic outfit. Best of all, it detracts attention from the extra pudge around the waist that came home with me. Fashion may be everywhere, but tapas, paella and fabulous table wine are not.

~ Deal Diva Letitia

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