Stiff preowned scarf

Birdonce

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Couldn't find a recent thread on the subject - I just bought a preowned scarf from one of the major reseller sites and when I got it, it felt very stiff and not soft at all. I honestly questioned the authenticity until I compared other characteristics like the hem stitching, etc, to my other scarves and it was the same. I don't know of it was previously starched or if it was improperly washed/damaged or what. I really like the pattern and hadn't seen it elsewhere in the color way I found (Sous Le Cedre, vibrant multicolor) so I'm not eager to return it if I can make it feel like my other supple scarves. Any thoughts? I've contacted customer service (though it was a final sale) but if I can wash it and make it silky again, I'd rather do that.
 
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Several of my older scarves, like from 15 years ago or more, are VERY stiff. I don't know what they used to do to them - seems like they were pretty heavy on the starch.
 

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Couldn't find a recent thread on the subject - I just bought a preowned scarf from one of the major reseller sites and when I got it, it felt very stiff and not soft at all. I honestly questioned the authenticity until I compared other characteristics like the hem stitching, etc, to my other scarves and it was the same. I don't know of it was previously starched or if it was improperly washed/damaged or what. I really like the pattern and hadn't seen it elsewhere in the color way I found (Sous Le Cedre, vibrant multicolor) so I'm not eager to return it if I can make it feel like my other supple scarves. Any thoughts? I've contacted customer service (though it was a final sale) but if I can wash it and make it silky again, I'd rather do that.
Yes, it's common. I have scarves that are stiff like that, and they are authentic Hermes. Most of these are vintage. One I can't even fold it without being too bulky (vintage Cuirs du Desert). The newest one with this characteristic is my turquoise Pique Fleuri de Provence.
 

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It's normal for some older scarves to be very stiff. I can actually make my Azulejos stand straight up on my neck if I want to, lol. On a bright side, it could be waterproof that way. Don't worry, give it a rinse in cold water and it should be soft enough for use.
Stiff feel is not actually a sign of fakes, it's actually the un-supple feel of silk that signals that.
 

Birdonce

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Great, I'll try the water trick. I just know I won't wear it if it feels like that! But it's so pretty - my most vibrantly colored one so far.
 
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My scarf came stiffer after having it dry cleaned (and the dry cleaning shop was the one the SA recommended me)
 

Birdonce

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LOL. Okay, decided to keep it. Also retailer did not respond to my email (grumpy)
Excuse the terrible picture - I have no good spots for selfies so taking this at work. Using my new MaiTai scarf ring too
 

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LOL. Okay, decided to keep it. Also retailer did not respond to my email (grumpy)
Excuse the terrible picture - I have no good spots for selfies so taking this at work. Using my new MaiTai scarf ring too
Thanks for sharing, this looks great on you, birdonce! Very chic ensemble! :smile:

I've also experienced stiff scarves, both newer and older. I do think it's just due to the amount of starch applied to the fabric. I prefer my scarves to have more drape, and I've found a quick hand wash, once or twice, is usually is enough soften them.
 

juss

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My scarf came stiffer after having it dry cleaned (and the dry cleaning shop was the one the SA recommended me)
yes, same here , after dry clean one scarf was very stiff, but others idry clean in the sameplace seem tobe fine!