I live in, what is called in French, a bobo neighbourhood. Bobo stands for ‘Bourjeois Bohemian’, an ironic name for people living in certain parts of Paris — namely young, middle class, hip, left-wing with a certain income.
I have been recently elected parent representative on the school council and attended my very first school council meeting. One of the subjects brought up by the teachers was that they needed to forbid children wearing scarves at school. One of the reasons was because when the little ones were playing catch, they would pull on each other scarves and choke each other. But there was also another reason: there is a fashion this year for kids being wrapped in extremely long scarves and so the child gets his feet caught in this own scarf! I could hardly surpress a giggle in the meeting, because a three-year-old with a scarf dangling down to his knees is a serious case of style over practicality. You cannot get more bobo than that!
So scarves are now banned and kids are encouraged to wear woolly collars (I have looked it up and they are called ‘snoods’ in English, if I am not mistaken). These collars are actually quite hard to find! The prettiest one I have seen so far is a Bonton (arguably the most bobo children’s clothes label of them all!). It is soft and snuggly and comes in some lovely colours. By the way, if someone knows of a good pattern to knit one of these woolly collars, I would love to have it!