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July 3rd, 2009

rapha [scarf] fridays

The first time a girl kissed me – a brief peck on the lips – I was left with the sensation [through a drunken haze], that her lips were almost too soft.

That’s sort of what this scarf is like.

Wrapped in plastic and slipped into a envelope, it arrived on my doorstep a few days ago just in time for the newly-instituted Rapha Scarf Fridays. A gorgeous square of black, hand printed silk, I gingerly attempted to peel open the wrapping, only to immediately draw my fingers back. Unbelieveably smooth, my calloused hands felt peasant-like in comparison, and my first thought was:

“I can’t wear this!”


I sat there for a few minutes, thinking about it. Then holding my breath, I took it out of the plastic and wrapped it around my neck. Incredibly light and smooth, this scarf is like a cloud of feathery air that feels like a million soft kisses when the wind presses it against your skin. And while Rapha might be a gentleman’s club, we’re not talking the kisses that come from masculine lips with accompanying sandpaper-y stubble. We’re talking sexy, full, soft, feminine lips. The kind every girl should have.

And every girl should have one of these, too.


Taking a cue from one of my favorite cyclists [okay, I’m just outright copying him here], I dressed it up and down. First, I did the usual tie-around-your-face-like-a-bandit-then-just-let-it-hang deal. This is only the first step in how to wear it properly, Rapha-style, but paired with a t-shirt, it’s a little more casual. Note how I was already half-giggling in excitement.

And being that I was already having trouble taking this scarf off, I tucked the scarf up and over itself [girls will definitely have to retie and tighten it afterwards] and peeled off the t-shirt for a button down.


I thought I did the librarian-esque thing well, but this brings it to a whole nother level. The black will go with almost any outfit, and the design is just subtle enough to work at the office. Top button undone, Rapha corner pointing downwards…you might want to wear this when you “accidentally” run into that workplace crush.

Did I mention how sexy this thing is too? Or how absolutely sexy it makes you feel? And how I’m having kind of a hard time taking it off?


Don’t even pretend like you haven’t thought about it. And for the record, I’d like to think it’s more mysteriously sexy rather than crass and kinky. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s long enough to tie someone up with. But I suppose you can always get two.

All semi-nudity aside, the Rapha scarf is hot hot hot. And not in that flavor of the week kind of way, but – like most things Rapha – with a timeless class that you can be sure will never go out of style.

Get yourself one [or two] here.

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  • 1 Jason Jul 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    looking good!!!

  • 2 pedalstrike Jul 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    thanks jason!

  • 3 Caroline Jul 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Cool! This totally inspired me to buy a silk scarf. I found a cool black silk Valentino one with a big (~12″) Japanese crest on it for $28 on eBay. Maybe we can have a soft-off! Or a softathon?

  • 4 neal Jul 4, 2009 at 2:27 am

    a librarian w/o glasses? unheard of.

  • 5 estratton Jul 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

    “Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s long enough to tie someone up with. But I suppose you can always get two.”

    AWESOME. lol.

  • 6 Adventure Girl Dec 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Here’s one gal hoping that the earring changes to coordinate with mood/styles are optional.