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Scarves!

I've read so many times that it's a good idea to take a nice colorful scarf to dress up an outfit, cover your shoulders to go into a church or just to tie around your purse for a punch of color. I love scarves...but only wear them in Fall and winter...maybe early spring. We are going to Italy mid September. I found a scarf today at a consignment store that was just gorgeous, tons of great colors and a beautiful pattern. I couldn't pass up the price at $14 and thought I'd definitely wear it even while not on vacation.

I never wear scarves in summer..too hot. I know weather can change, but what typically is the weather like in Italy in mid-September. Is it humid? We will be in Venice, Rome, Positano. I figure if anything I can just wear it tied on my purse with all those pretty colors...sort of liven up my outfit that way if it's too hot to wear around my neck...or even wear it at night if it cools off.

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Last September it was humid in Venice and pretty warm everywhere, if less humid. I think you mostly will wear your scarf in churches and evenings.

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Thanks Laura! Maybe I'll luck out and it won't be so hot this year. I do know last year was unseasonably warm.

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And then there will be the scarves you see in Venice....

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You might find this helpful in your planning: http://www.holiday-weather.com/rome/. You can search for your other cities.

Note the "Annual Averages" link on the right side of the page. By clicking there, you can find lots of information about weather where you are going. But those are averages, so it could be different for your trip.

I think probably the most useful info will be in the predictions (as useful as they are anywhere) closer to the time you are going.

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I think it also depends on what you are used to humidity-wise. I am not sure how humid you get in Indiana but Venice felt very humid the end of Sept to me, but I'm used to dryer air. (Not as dry as Lo, though!) Today it's the hottest day of the year so far and it's 35%. In August we will be around 11-13% during the time for wheat harvest. Anything over 50% feels muggy to me.

There are some ways to tie a scarf when it's very hot weather. Is yours a square? If so, do a bias fold (on the diagonal fold corners to the middle, then fold each side in 2 more times so you have a long strip with 1 of the corners hidden). Tie a loose knot in the center of the bias fold, then knots on either side about half-way up. Tie this around your neck like a necklace. It looks nice, give you some scarf color but doesn't really touch your neck.

Also look at MaiTai's Picture Book. She has wonderful scarf tying tutorials (down on the lower right), even if all of hers are Hermes whereas mine are not and never will be, lol! (Nor will I be blonde and gorgeous but oh, well!!)
http://www.maitaispicturebook.com/

She demonstrates what I tried to describe above.
http://www.maitaispicturebook.com/2012/06/how-to-wear-hermes-scarf-as-necklace.html

Here is another one for hot temps.

http://www.maitaispicturebook.com/2011/08/collier-knot-cool-knot-for-high.html

It's your fault you got me started! I love this youtube video but not sure she does any hot weather scarf ties.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYAEz777AU

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Recently returned from 18 days in France and UK and I can vouch for the usefulness of a couple of scarves. Tie around your hair on a bad hair day. Keep your neck warm. Prevent sunburn on your shoulders. Many more uses. Have fun!

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Pam, It's very hot and muggy in Indiana; maybe a tad less for Lulu b/c she's a little north of me. FYI, I wear a lot of scarves all year round. For summer I have a selection of thin cotton scarves, several that I've picked up at markets in France over the years, a couple I picked up in Chicago when it got too windy on trips. They can be washed by hand, twisted to dry, and worn a day later. I usually stay away from silk in summer.

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Lulu, I feel like yours is the bag that will be packed 5 weeks out, you put a great deal of thought into every decision. Make sure you check back here after your trip and report how it all worked out.

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I brought two scarves, have only worn them a couple of times. I do sometimes tie one around the strap of my messenger bag.

Scarves are something I always buy in Italy!

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It's muggy in Indiana in the middle of summer. Carol, I already know 90% of what I'm taking and I have 3 months to go...although I won't pack until 2 days before as it all might wrinkle! LOL! I love to plan. I have only a few more things to purchase: a pacsafe purse, one more skirt 4, travel clock , compression socks, body glide and some readers to read those darn Streetwise maps.

Then my attention will be on DH....who won't think of anything until 5 HOURS before we leave.

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So now you have plenty of time to try on every permutation of every outfit with the new scarf...tied in various ways!

I like that you know this far ahead. I'm leaving Sept 5 and had ~thought~ I had everything planned but yesterday decided on a possible color change based on a new short sleeve sweater. I do need to do a trial hand wash on it to check the drying time and will be back to the old color scheme if it does not make the team!

And of course we want a Trip Report including how everything worked...shoes, skirts and now scarves! + your rolling suitcase etc! By the way, your several-months-ago thread on the RS 20 made me purchase last week when it was on sale again! Dithered too long last time...

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Pam, don't be shocked when you see how small that 20" bag is! But one day, just take out everything you think you will take and start rolling it and packing. I did a trial run of shoes, clothes, underwear, bras, purse, pJ's....everything I could think of. i was just AMAZED at how much I got in there and didn't even use the straps and nothing was pushing at the top yet.

I did purchase the veloce bag (it is on sale for $54 now...darn it). I will be able to use that, also. I like how it slides over the handle of the 20" bag. Plus, it fits underneath your airline seat and can be used as your personal item and foot rest.

I will be interested in seeing from what I'm taking how much I use. I know I am taking more than the ultra light travelers take, but probably about 25% of what I normally travel with. I am one of those that gets bored with wearing the same colors over and over, so do have a couple break out outfits...but they at least match my shoes! Will definitely do a trip report when I get back...you, too. Oh...FWIW, I changed my color scheme at one point, too. The colors for 75% of my clothing are beige, white, grey, black and red. I have 2 break out maxi dresses in a different colors and two evening halter tops in different colors. Plus my beautiful scarf with all the colors you can imagine :)

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Last Fall when I was gone for 8 weeks I thought I would get bored with my clothes as well so took 3 cardies. What I was shocked to find is that I was so busy and blown away by the sights that by the end my only concern was what was clean and what needed to be washed! I packed in the RS 22" convertible that time and I know I can overpack that so it will be interesting to see what fits in this.

On your white wardrobe element, hope that is just a shirt/top as pants, skirts and jackets get pretty grungy on public transport. On a previous trip I had a cardie with a white background and a bigger open floral print which I felt was pretty yucky by the time I was headed home and that was just a 2-week trip.

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Yes, the white is just one white T-Shirt top and one sleeveless Tank.

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Hi Lulu,
My mom & I were in Italy at the end of September & I took a couple of scarves, just in case...

As it turned out, we ended up buying a couple of beautiful scarves in Verona. My mom whom I'd never seen with a scarf, loved them so that she wore a scarf almost everyday!

We purchased more scarves for us in Padova & then we decided to buy them as souvenirs!

We rolled the scarves & managed to stuff them in our 22'' suitcases.

Happy pre-trip shopping!