As we age and our coloring softens, making the contrast of black against our hair and skin seem harsh. That may be true, but I am not ready to give up some of the beautiful black pieces I’ve collected. All this week, I will be sharing how I make my favorite black items work for me.
The first tip is to add a silk scarf folded on the bias, then tuck it under the jacket front’s edges. Add a handbag that picks up one of the scarf colors to pull the look together and soften the whole effect. Choose a lip color in the same tone. Mine is Currant here. My hand cream is here.
Bring the scarf’s ends near each other, but not at the same level, to avoid creating a horizontal line. I used magnets to keep this lightweight scarf in place. I only use the EP310 15mm dia x 2 mmA magnets here. They have the smoothest finish and the strongest hold. Place one magnet under the lapel and the other under one of the folds of the scarf.
Photos by Mr. Mickey at the First Methodist Church in Johnson City, TN.
A great tip using disc magnets for keeping a scarf from moving out of place. I had been using double stick tape. Will be much easier to remove a magnet than the little strips of tape. I have a few very soft scarves and they tend to slip, magnets to the rescue! And I am so glad you have not given up on black. Looking forward to all the tips wearing black.
Is it EP 310 15 mm x 2 mm or EP 107 15 mm x 3 mm?
Also, is that your home church in Johnson City?
The magnets I have are the EP310 15mm dia x 2mmA N42 – NiCuNi plated, pack of 10 magnets. That is the church that Mr. Mickey attended as a child. We have attended services there together as well.
Thank you, I have ordered some and hope they work out.
where in the US can I find magnets like you are using for your scarf?
Look for smooth magnets on Amazon.com.
hi Susan love my new Sheec’s!!! thanks so much.
What a brillant idea, using magnets to hold a scarf in place! One of the reasons I love the internet and your blog! Rushing to Amazon to order. Also, do you have any of the scarves left? I have 2 and receive compliments every time I wear.
Your magnet idea is abreast one! Have ordered the purse hangers for myself and friends! Thank you!
Liked your black outfit very much. The dinner looked amazing as well.
Can the magnets not be bought in the US?
There are other options on Amazon.
I wore one of the beautiful silk twill scarves to an event and came home with a food spot on it. The cleaners said they spot treated it but it is still there. Do you have any tips for home treatment?
Try hand-washing it. Read more about that here.
Quick question to verify magnet- on the website the EP310 says 15mm x 2mm, but you referenced 15mm x 3mm, which appears to be the EP107. Which one would be best to use? Such a great idea! And I’m excited to try.
Pardon my mistake. Either size would work well. Mine are 2mm.
I’m not giving up on black either!! Too many black pieces in my closet that I love. Looking forward to your posts this week as always, Susan. You’re the bomb
I would like to know the size of the scarf you are wearing. It seems such a perfect proportion in how you are styling it. Thank you for the magnet information, which is new to me and very useful!
The square scarf I am wearing here measures thirty-five inches across.
Just a gentle reminder about magnets of any type: Magnets may interfere with the operation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
If a person has either of these devices, don’t use anything magnetic on your body without checking with your physician.
That being said, I don’t have any devices to be of concern and have used magnets for years to hold both scarves and jewelry. Brooches with magnet backings are wonderful for holding jewelry without poking holes in delicate fabrics!
Thanks for the health tip! Another warning, don’t put them near your watch. They can mess up the workings.
The magnet tip is brilliant!! Thanks for sharing it!
Your magnet tip is BRILLIANT–thank you for sharing.
The grey tie-up flats – can you PLEASE tell me where you purchased those?
They were from Marc Fisher a couple of years ago.
Yeah for winning the sheec gift certificate (ignore my email i sent you earlier … I figured it all out). I have already ordered my socks and I CAN’T WAIT to get them and try them out.
Thank you for not abandoning your black. Ive gone more salt than pepper by now in my hair, however my dark eyebrows haven’t really changed. I own many black pieces and am not ready to give them up. The addition of color makes all the difference. Fun jewelry near the face doesn’t hurt either
You always offer logical advice and your readers greatly appreciate it.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving
I’ve re-thought my views on black over sixty. My darling husband gave me a stunning necklace that just screamed for a black cashmere bateau neck sweater. Found a great tunic one at Chico’s online. So I channeled my favorite style icon, Dina Merrill and paired it with skinny gray pants and black velvet pointed toe slipper/shoes (heron by Birdies). Ultimate comfy at home look to wear hostessing for the holidays. Who wants to be uncomfortable? So I agree black is back.
Magnets? Wow! What a great tip. Also, I love each and every scarf I have purchased from you. Can we still buy them?
I’ll send you an email now to share all the ones I still have available. Thank you!
Hi Susan, If you still have any scarves left for sale, will you let me know which ones?
Ok…so how to you put/keep magnets in place? Sew them in?
They are very strong magnets. When I join them together they stay in place.
I am lucky in that I have turned 50 but have only about five grey hairs on my whole head, so I can still easily wear black. These days I often prefer to wear navy instead but I still have a lot of black jackets etc so glad I can wear them for a long time yet. I love the way you wear the scarf here.
Hello Susan, could you please advise of scarves still available. Thank you 🙂
I’ll send you an email right away.
Hi Susan. I have been using the purse hanger/hook for years and love it. It takes care of “what to do with purse” when in a restaurant. Many people comment about it being a great idea. Also, it is compact and fits in purse nicely. Thank you for scarf information also.
Perfect timing! I plan to wear my new Chico Travelers black slacks with my Perfectly Covered black zip tee top and a new Soft Surroundings animal print scarf in black/rusts/blue and a touch of deep red to a holiday party. I’ll finish it off with my three-year-old, Keene black leather booties, silver earrings, collected silver bangles and I am good to go. Thank you for the great inspiration.
Susan, black may or may not be harsh on some as they age, but it still looks stunning on you. Glad you aren’t abandoning something you enjoy. And thank you for the socks. They will be well used.
I’m not sure how to use the magnets??-and also once you had sleeve cuffs? where can I buy them?
Thanks in advance–Marie
You may be able to find Sleeve Garters on Amazon.com. Put one magnet in the folds of your scarf and the other under the lapel of your jacket. Touch the two areas together.
Susan, I’m also interested in an email about any remaining scarves. Great ideas about how to keep using our favorite black pieces.
I never thought of magnets! Brilliant!
I never thought of using magnets to hold the scarf in place. Genius!
Do you have a brand name for the scarf you are wearing?
It is several years old. Radical Chic is the only name on it.
Love the magnet idea. If someone finds some good ones on Amazon, please share the information.
I would like to win the Native Nordgreen with the navy dial. Happy Thanksgiving!
Love the scarf and the great magnet tip. Could you let me know what scarves you have now? I appreciate the time and effort you spend on your blogs and videos!
Susan, thank you for the magnet tip! My magnets arrived and I used them to the compliments from friends. The magnets work wonderfully and take away so many nagging little worries. Thank you again!
Susan, where can you buy the magnets you use for your scarves?
I found those magnets from this blog post.
What a great idea about the magnet. Never heard of that