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With the announcement that the Coronavirus Task Force would be winding down, I felt this was the opportune time to pay homage to one of my favorite highlights of the Task Force’s daily briefings: Dr. Birx scarves.
Seriously. This is a thing. In fact, a couple of Instagram accounts have been created to commemorate the celebrity that is her scarves. According to The Guardian, Vestiaire Collective (a resale site) reported a 1,148% increase in the sale of Hermès scarves from the same period last year. I don’t know if Dr. Birx’s collection is primarily Hermes. However, I would not be surprised given her impressive professional background as a doctor and diplomat.
In case you missed it, Dr. Birx served on the Task Force and appeared on the broadcast of their daily briefings. Every single day, without fail, she wore the most beautiful scarves. The prints and richness of colors felt elegant and feminine, yet bold. I like that combo. It demonstrates – “I’m not only intelligent and qualified to be a leader in this space, but I also embody confidence and grace.” To sum that up, the best word I arrive at is “poise.” The swoop bang is also pretty noteworthy. To have to show up every day with this entire cluster of a situation going down and still make time to neatly accessorize…impressive.
Not only was her collection of scarves stunning, but she also styled them in ways that I have never seen scarves worn! Even a look as simple as this felt inspiring and powerful to me:
Her looks gave me: yachting in the Hamptons weekend vibes. Do people yacht in The Hamptons? Actually, I don’t know…but if they did, I imagine they would be dressed like Dr. Birx in all her scarf-donning glory. I proceeded to ask myself:
“Self, is this look commonplace among women of a particular age, or is this just her? *in my best Wendy Williams voice”
In other words, if I were to travel to The Hamptons (or Martha’s Vineyard or Montauk) during the summer, would other women look like this? I guess I’ll have to figure that out first-hand. In other words, I just granted myself permission to travel to The Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, and Montauk this summer…that’s if we’re even allowed to leave our houses then.
Anyway, for now, she’s earned the award for scarf style of 2020. I liked ALL of her looks but sharing a few here:
Although we bid farewell to Dr. Birx’s daily COVID-19 updates, I walk away motivated to build up my scarf collection and experiment with styling.
I curated a collection inspired by Dr. Birx’s scarves that I really like. Make ya do a double-take. Shop them here!