How Did I Become A Scarf Girl?

It’s a long, fuzzy slope from normal person to scarf addict.

Bev Potter
3 min readNov 16, 2022


Photo by Alora Griffiths on Unsplash

I guess the seeds were planted long ago.

In junior high, we all wore these weird, skinny scarves that had knots tied in the ends. We wore them year round. They weren’t for warmth, they were just fashion accessories, on top of the ubiquitous vests, popped-collar Polo shirts and tall Valley Girl hair we all wore.

The ‘80s were a dark time in fashion.

The closest I got to a real scarf back then was an eight-foot-long Dr. Who scarf I tried to knit out of orange yarn.

I think I still have it somewhere — it’s not pretty. Geek memorabilia never is.

As an adult, I bought one functional scarf from Fin Feather Fur (they should just call it Dead Animals) which was way too short and basically useless except as a small shoulder warmer.

Here’s a review of my local Fin Feather Fur from user Reality TV Shopping:

I can say that I’ve been here a lot and spent a lot of money. I can also say the staff is arrogant, chatty (with each other),and borderline rude when it comes time to check out. I’m a grown man, I don’t like being fake called “hun”, and I really am not interested in what is going on in the lives of the employees who loudly announce details of what is happening with themselves. If you want to go to an episode of pawn stars this is the place for you. If you want to buy gear as a serious sportsman, prepared to be annoyed. I don’t think I’ll be coming back.

God, I love reviews. At this point, are we ever sure that we’re not in an episode of Pawn Stars?

So I finally replaced the shoulder warmer with an actual scarf, and something inside me cracked open like an alien seed.

I always resisted scarves because I didn’t understand that, contrary to popular belief, most of your body heat doesn’t escape from the top of your head, it escapes from your neck.

At some point I also learned that all of my cares and worries would dissolve if I…



Bev Potter

Legal secretary by day, insomniac by night. Ally. BA, MA. Humor, pop culture, and things that make you think. My weekly-ish newsletter is