Why I Wear A Scarf

Foundation and blush in the wrong colors just draw attention to my wrinkles. I have almost stopped wearing both, but I do wear moisturizer with sunscreen daily and scarves often.






There is nothing special at all in the every day looks I am showing you today, but taking the time to drape one of these scarves around my neck makes me appear much more polished. Note that I am wearing a rose colored blush high on my cheeks and no brownish contour or blush in the hollows. I have significantly reduced the steps and amount of makeup I wear these days. I often throw on a pair of jeans and one of those super comfortable Covered Perfectly tops with a flattering neckline. I add a trench coat or blazer and a scarf to brighten my face, and I am out the door in just a few minutes.






While in my early twenties, I learned many useful styling tricks from watching the elegant women on the streets of cities in Europe. They wore perfectly fitted, simple clothing in solid colors that flattered their skin tone. Accessories including silk scarves made these women look so much more sophisticated than I. My frivolous youthful American style held no sway compared to their regal demeanor. I was captivated by the elegance and effortless style that these women possessed. I have worn scarves ever since






Above, I am wearing almost no makeup and comfortable working at home all day clothes. Mr. Mickey stopped by so I asked him to snap a photo of me holding the bag for size perspective. I tied on one of the scarves I was also shooting for my shopping site. The reason I am showing you this photo is to prove that accessories can help you look well put together with very little effort. Both the scarf and bag can be found here.


The one word I would never want to hear anyone use to describe my style is contrived. It means deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously, organized or arranged in a way that seems artificial and unrealistic. Nonchalant is an adjective used to describe a person or manner. It means you appear casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety. Whenever I wear a scarf, I am very nonchalant about it. In truth, I think all of my looks are very nonchalant. I don’t worry that the scarf I am wearing will move around, it will. I just tie or drape it in a way that fits well with the neckline of the top or jacket I am wearing and accept the fact that the scarf will move with me.


Being comfortable in our skin means we have learned what works for us. My hair was always the wrong shade when I had it colored, so I stopped the coloring. Dresses make me feel very uncomfortable, so I don’t wear them. I don’t like showing my thick waistline or all of my neck, so scarves are perfect for me. I wear one almost every day. Sometimes I wear a scarf to stay warm. On another day it might be to add a pop of color near my face when I am wearing my comfortable old jeans and a simple jacket. In yet another look, a scarf may be just the right accessory to take the emphasis away from my neck and or my tummy. I was looking back over my old blog to see some of the different ways I have worn scarves. The photo below is from 2012.






Last month, I was wearing the look in the photo below while picking up lunch for my staff. Two women passed by me, and as they did, the younger woman leaned in toward me and said, “My mother and I think you look so elegant.” It thrilled me to think I might be following in the footsteps of those well-dressed women I admired so long ago on the streets of European cities.






Please note that the style conference scheduled for next month is almost sold out. It will be held at the Carnegie Hotel at 1216 W State of Franklin Rd in Johnson City, Tennessee 37604 on March 18th from 11 AM until 2 PM. We will discuss styling tips, nutrition, and health. Lunch will be served, and you will get to spend part of the day with like-minded, kind, intelligent women who enjoy being the best they can be. This will be the first of many gatherings across the region to celebrate the beauty and wisdom of women. The cost per person for this event is $75 and will include lunch, notepads, a pen, and a free satin scarf to complement your coloring as well as a drawing for door prizes. I have created this link so that you can pay for and reserve your seat at this event using your charge card or PayPal. When you get to the payment page, just scroll down to Pay By Debit Or Credit Card to use my PayPal account to give me the authorization number for the transaction.


Thank you!
Susan






The fabulous necklace I am showing you here will be one of the door prizes. This Giulio and Lorena’s Venetian Glass Heart of Silver necklace was made in Italy, and it is from Uno Alla Volta. It is available here for a special price until February 15th.


I have created a video to go along with this post. You can view it here.


Susan Street

Blogger for SusanAfter60.com

42 Comments
  1. If my face looked like your face, I wouldnt wear much makeup either!Thank you for your interesting posts. I look forward to them every day. Yesterday as i was getting ready for work,I was struggling with my blush…first it was too much, then not enough, then in the wrong place…so i found todays post especially apt. Thanks for being a voice for classiness.

  2. Great tips! I’m also a Susan, 3 months younger than you, the same height and trying to stay near the same weight! I’ve lived in Spain 32 years where scarfs are worn almost year round (too hot in the summer for me). I love your posts and ideas!

  3. I think you are one of the, if not the very classiest, women I’ve seen. The conference sounds lovely. Will you post pictures of the ladies after the event?

  4. Thank you for talking about eliminating make-up from your routine. Long ago I stopped wearing foundation because even with a moisturizer underneath, it began to look cakey on my skin. My skin texture has changed and the foundation seemed to emphasize the flaws rather than cover them up. Hearing you say you’ve stopped also sort of validates my decision. I don’t wear scarves except for warmth but you definitely show that they can polish up an outfit and provide color near your face.

  5. Thank you, Susan, for sharing so many things on your blog and FB page! I read every one but have never commented before! I, too, am a scarf gal and seem to wear one almost every day! Thank you for making me feel “good” about that!! I am in my late 50’s and am noticing things are changing with the way I use cosmetics also. I am working on a weight loss program that, hopefully, will allow me to wear those cute skinny jeans/pants you share! I do have to say that I absolutely LOVE your hair from the 2012 photo!!! If Minnesota wasn’t so far from Tennessee, I would love to attend your conference! I hope you will share alittle of it with those of us that couldn’t be there!

    Again, thank you so much for sharing!
    Brenda

  6. I have quit wearing foundation also and was glad to read this in your post today. I love the scarf idea and it does give a polish to the look.

  7. I love scarves on other women and have bought many but I am just not sure how to wear them. They never seem to be tied right or hang right, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

  8. I would love to have you speak at our club in Naples, Florida! Do you ever get down this way? Love all your looks, I am still following Dr Furhman’s plan, though cheat at times, but the weight has come off and I feel great. Thank you.
    Shirley Gallo

  9. First of all – what wrinkles?? You look beautiful as always. I am quite a bit older than you but am blessed to have pretty good skin. I always use moisturizer and a light application of the Absolute Liquid foundation that you had once mentioned. It makes my skin look more dewy and vibrant. I use a rose blush and full eye makeup but in a natural way. I read a report somewhere that an even skin tone as we age is more youthful looking than even if we have wrinkles. Some good fats in the diet keep our skin from becoming too gaunt. Many anti-aging procedures just add fat back into the skin to plump it out.

  10. Although I originally started following your blog for the fashion, it’s the advice on makeup that has actually been the most useful. I decided to cut back on some of the things that were part of my routine and I have not only been able to save myself a few minutes in the morning,but I think I actually look better (win-win). Quick question-I’ll be traveling to Europe this summer when it will be very warm. I think layers always look classy, but the heat will prevent me from dressing in that manner. I’m also worried that it might be too warm for a scarf. Any advice on how someone in their early 50’s could look chic in Europe in the summer? I’ve seen lots of photos, but they are geared toward much younger women. I don’t want to scream “tourist”. Thanks-love what you are doing.

    1. Take simple, lightweight dresses and flat sandals with straps to hold them firmly on your feet. White pants and plain solid color tops with the same sandals will be a winner too. You could take a soft cotton cardigan to wear over your shoulders if you need it in the evening. A crossbody bag will be good for daytime. You may want to take a small clutch to carry at night.

  11. Hi Susan, Can you please tell me what brand of moisturizer with sunscreen that you use? I can’t seem to find one that is not too greasy. Thanks. I follow your blog daily and always pick up great tips from you!

  12. My fave is a tinted moisturizer with mineral sunblock. Mineral sunblock works best for me, but I look like a ghost. The tint coorects this. I tend to redness in my complexion now, so no blush is required. I must apply a mineral powder to take down the shine.

    Thank you for these looks, Susan. This is attainable. I can do this (if I remain mindful and make the effort).

  13. When wearing slacks or jeans I absolutely always wear flesh-colored knee-high hose with any shoes that show my ankles. In my book there isn’t anything appealing about bare legs! Unless you look right up close, you can’t tell!

  14. Susan, I hope you can arrange a conference in Naples Fla. during the month of March or early April. I will be in Naples then and would love to attend. There are a lot of older women there and sure some could use your advice. You are so good at giving so many helpful tips. And, we could finally meet each other and maybe have dinner together. That would be great. Let me know the schedule when you have it ready.
    Thanks for all you do.
    Barb Fields

  15. The conference sounds interesting and fun! I wish I lived closer so I could attend. I agree, a scarf really adds a lot to an outfit. There are so many types and ways to tie a scarf that would suit anyone. I have a collection of the small square silk scarves from the 50’s and 60’s. I wear them frequently with jeans and a blouse or little tee. The designs are colorful and fun. These suit me well since I’m petite. Best to you and Mr. Mickey!

  16. Your 2012 look is quite stylish, but your newer look is contemporary and fresh and makes you look years younger. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  17. Susan, with or without makeup, you look beautiful. If I may, I recommend RMS Beauty organic makeup. It looks wonderful on us galls!

  18. You look lovely with all your scarves.I absolutely cannot wear scarves- no matter what the fabric is…
    Do you have any recommendations of what I can substitute?
    I would love for you to show options of what can be worn with your beautiful outfits.
    Thank You

  19. Susan, I have followed your blog for years and have always wanted to tell you how much you inspire me. Your posts and tutorials have been so very helpful. I want you to know how much I appreciate the time and effort you give to your website. Thank you again for all you give to your readers and for all of the fashion inspiration you have given to me as I join you in this new decade of our life.

  20. This is a great blog. You are a smart and very engaging writer. And your obvious entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen inspires admiration–and, honestly, a fair amount of envy from this salaried professional worker bee. I’m a dude and I know little about fashion and less about the fashion industry and even less about fashion blogging, but I stumbled across this blog randomly and have returned occasionally because it’s really well done, and because I am an advisor/consultant in another (much less glamorous) field who wants to hang his own shingle–who has to hang his own shingle, for the sake of his sanity!–and entrepreneurs have smart things to say about entrepreneurship.

  21. I personally have noticed that one of the parts of your wardrobe that makes you always look so well put together are your beautiful shoes!

  22. Thank you for this post! I love reading your blog. It is the only blog I read on a regular basis, and it is so relevant to me. I too love to wear a scarf, and now I am motivated to get them organized. We built a new house, and they never got unpacked after the move. I love the real silk ones, but the dry cleaning bill is so expensive. Do you have any tips on how to refresh them at home? Keep up the good work! A lot uf us are rooting for you, and applauding you! You are an inspiration 🙂

  23. You look amazing even working at home. I also love scarves and wear them almost daily since grade 8. I kinda don’t like my neck so sometimes it’s a disguise. I would love to attend your seminars. Do you have a schedule?

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