Be honest. How many scarves do you have tucked away at your house? Dozens? Let’s put them to good use as a part of your fashion for women over 60 plan. 

The Right Scarves Are Essential to Fashion for Women Over 60

If you’re like most women over 60, it probably feels that way. When I spoke with fashion expert, Melanie Page, during our fashion filming in Milan, she explained that scarves are one of the most popular, and least understood, items of clothing in our wardrobes. And, this is especially true for women over 60.

For some reason, many women over 60, including myself, are like magpies when it comes to scarves. We are drawn to the beautiful colors and eye-catching patterns, regardless of whether a particular scarf will be useful in our particular wardrobe. Unfortunately, this indiscriminate buying leads to, at best, wasted money, and, at worst, a less optimal look.

During our filming, Melanie mentioned that there are several simple tips that you can apply to get the most from your scarves. Here are a few of the many ideas that we discussed.

Be Cautious with Multicolored Scarves

In most cases, multicolored scarves are too “busy” to contribute to our look in a positive way. Instead of drawing attention to our faces, they actually do quite the opposite. They pull people’s eyes downward, away from our best assets – our beautiful eyes and radiant smiles.

Fashion for Women Over 60 - Be Cautious with Multicolored Scarves

Multicolored scarves are especially harmful to our look when we combine when with a multicolored top or jacket.

Unless you are extremely comfortable with an eclectic look, it’s much better to choose a solid color that can accentuate your look instead of overwhelming it.

Fashion for Women Over 60 - Be Careful with Multicolored Scarves

Don’t Tie Your Scarf

I’m sure that many women in the community will disagree, but, according to Melanie, tying your scarf is not only unnecessary, but, it may actually harm your look. Honestly, I was ready to fight Melanie in this one, until she showed me the difference that a more simple approach can make.

Just like makeup, you want your accessories to be just that – accessories. It may be fun to tie your scarf in an elaborate way, but, more than likely you will end up drawing way too much attention to this one element of your look. Like a woman who is clearly wearing too much makeup, you may end up with “too much of a good thing.”

Fashion for Women Over 60 - Don’t Tie Your Scarf

If you want to use your scarf to cover part of your neck, a better approach is simply to drape it over your shoulders from front to back. This will give your neck a bit of coverage, without overwhelming your outfit.

Don’t Buy Scarves Because You “Love Them”

Many women my age love to collect scarves. This is totally fine. I love scarves and so does Melanie. The problem comes when we choose scarves as standalone items, rather than as a complement to one of our outfits. Take a few seconds to think about the scarves in your collection. How many of them have you worn in the last 12 months? If you are like most of us, you probably haven’t worn more than 20%.

Melanie recommends that we by our accessories with intention. Thinking upfront about which outfits a particular scarf will go with will help you to create looks that you will be proud of.

It will also help you to avoid wasting money on accessories that you will never wear. These resources can then be redirected to activities that really make a difference, such as tailoring.

Fashion for Women Over 60 - Don’t Buy Scarves Because You “Love Them”

Avoid the Scarf “Cross-Sell”

Scarves are a shop assistant’s dream item. Why? Because they are easy to “add on” to almost any outfit. The problem is that sales people are paid to sell. As a result, they often care more about getting your out of the store with as many items as possible, than making sure that your outfit is truly optimized.

It’s almost always a good idea to shop for scarves separately, when you are in a calm state of mind. This will allow you to choose your accessories objectively and without pressure. This simple step can help you to avoid one of the biggest mistakes when it comes to fashion for women over 60.

Focus on Clean Designs and Simple Colors

When it comes to scarves, simplicity is beautiful. There is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing vibrant colors that accent your outfits. The trick is to give people one thing to focus on at a time. Once again, the goal of a scarf should not be to draw attention. Scarves should quietly and appropriately add to your outfit by adding a radiant splash of color where it is needed most.

Fashion for Women Over 60 - Focus on Clean Designs and Simple Colors

When it comes to fashion for women over 60, scarves can be our best friends or our worst enemies. The good news is that if you choose simple colors, stick with clean designs and choose your scarves with purpose, you have a great change of creating a look that you love!

I hope that you found these tips useful! Our scarves video has plenty of examples and is available in our fashion for older women video series. Plus, the series includes dozens more videos on topics ranging from colors and clothing essentials to body types and accessorizing.

Do you love scarves? What did you think is the essence of fashion for women over 60? Do you have any questions for Melanie? Please let me know in the comments section.

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