Accessorizing After 60: Why Scarves Are the Perfect Accessory for Any Season
If you are anything like me, then you’ve had scarves in your closet for many, many years. Whether you wear them or not is a different story. But now that the weather is getting cooler and we need extra layers to keep warm, these are great items that work for any age, any size woman.
In the past, I never felt comfortable with the right way to tie a scarf, or if it looked good with the rest of the outfit. But let me say here and now, that once you get in the habit of wearing scarves, then you realize what all of the hoopla is about.
Of course, there are so many different sizes and types of scarves available. Even if you don’t like one kind, there are many others that can be perfect for you. So pull out your collection of scarves and let’s get styling!
If you are looking for specific ways to tie your scarf, I have many YouTube videos available to reference. And if I don’t have exactly what you are looking for, then a quick Google search should bring you the answer.
Advantages of the Scarf
Let’s take a minute to talk about the advantages of the scarf. These lovelies are the perfect addition to your suitcase when you are packing for a trip. Why, you ask? Because they are quite small and packable and they can change the look of an outfit so easily.
In addition, they are also a fabulous souvenir to purchase when you are traveling. Who wants to schlep around tons of trinkets that will never be appreciated? But a scarf will get worn over and over and they are so lightweight.
Another great point to consider is that they are easy to put on and then take off depending on the temperature. Many mornings I will throw one on just because it’s quite chilly. But by the middle of the day, it’s warmed up enough that I can take it off without feeling like I’m undressing.
I will admit that if I think I might be taking off the scarf later that day, I’ll also add a necklace under it so that I will have some kind of accessory on no matter what.
Sizing is also not a concern when you are buying scarves. For this reason, they make a fabulous gift for any woman – and even some men. Even if you gain 5 pounds, all of your scarves will still fit!
They can also be handed down from generation to generation. I have one from my mother-in-law that brings up her memories every time I wear it.
For those of you that would rather wear solid colored tops, scarves can add some pizzazz to the outfit. Even if you like your print tops, there are always some solid colored scarves as an option.
Scarves also can create a fun way to try out print mixing. My favorite look this season is a striped t-shirt with a floral scarf.
Truly, I think that scarves will never go out of style. There might be ways of wearing them that seem more modern, and there might be styles that are more popular. However, when it comes right down to it, a scarf is a classic piece.
So let me review a couple of the styles of scarves that I’ve seen lately in my blogging and shopping.
The Small Scarf
One of my favorite newer ways to wear a small scarf is around your neck. Many of you will relate this style to the uniforms of the flight attendants of the past.
However, I don’t consider that a bad thing. Didn’t most of us want to be a flight attendant when we grew up because it was such an elegant and adventurous job?
Let me say that small scarves are a great way to add color near your face. This especially holds true if you happen to be wearing a top whose color isn’t the best for your complexion.
Scarves also can keep you plenty warm considering that’s such a small piece of material. Besides, around the neck is one of the easiest methods for tying a scarf. There aren’t many options in order to change this up, so you don’t have to worry about tying it incorrectly.
And if you don’t enjoy material around your neck like this, then it’s just as fun to add them to the straps of your purse for a little extra decoration.
The Blanket Scarf
The other scarf that has been making an appearance everywhere is the blanket scarf. Now this scarf is definitely more challenging for most of us. It’s quite big and bulky and can be hard to figure out.
But really, it’s no different than a wrap, or even a poncho. If you start off trying to wear it that way, then in no time you’ll also be slinging one of the ends over your shoulder and feeling very glamorous.
I always think these blanket scarves are the perfect piece to take on the airplane when traveling. They can act as your blanket if it’s cold, or you can use it as a pillow for your head.
Another fun tip for these larger scarves is you can add a brooch (or two, or three) to either hold them together or to add some bling to them.
The infinity scarf is relatively easy to wear. It’s already ‘tied’ so you don’t have to worry about what to do with it. Just put it over your head, and it’s like a fabric necklace. But in saying that, sometimes the ends still seem too long, so you can create a couple of twists and ties with this scarf as well.
You can always make an infinity scarf out of almost any other scarf, too. Just tie the ends of your long scarf together in a small knot, and then loop it around your neck.
This may seem obvious to many of you if you’ve been experimenting with scarves for a while. Yet, sometimes the easiest ways to wear your scarves, are the best ways.
I hope this inspires you to grab some of those scarves you already own, and style them with your next outfit. And don’t be afraid to wear more than one at a time. I’ve seen two scarves tied together and then wrapped around the neck, for some great variety.
I’m sure each and every one of you has at least a couple of scarves in your wardrobe. Tell me about your favorites and how you like to wear them. Please join the conversation below!
Jodie Filogomo is a retired cosmetic dentist turned style consultant. After over 20 years as a successful dental practitioner, she enhanced her styling talents by taking fashion, interior decorating and design classes. Jodie loves to share with others her passion for putting together outfits for women of all ages. Visit her blog Jodie’s Touch of Style and connect with her on social media.