I was explaining to Mr. Mickey why I have always loved to wear a scarf. He said, “Oh, we have to take pictures!” He loves it when I create a tutorial to share with you.
A rather dull combination of classic pieces suddenly looks more exciting and complete with the addition of a scarf that ties the colors together. I draped a square scarf folded into a triangle over my shoulders and then put on my jacket to anchor it in place. I can wear the jacket open, which allows for more comfort, and the neckline is filled in and softened by the colorful scarf. This is my all-time favorite way to wear a jacket and scarf.
One of the reasons this technique for wearing scarves works so well is that it will not make my roundish face look more round. I always keep my face shape in mind when choosing my sunglasses, earrings, or anything that creates a new neckline, such as a necklace or scarf. If I am wearing the correct V-neckline blouse, but then I add a choker or scarf tied into a high bow, I have defeated my purpose. I never repeat round in the shape of my glasses, jewelry, or the way I tie my scarves. Another reason for me to wear a scarf this way is that it isn’t adding bulk to my bust or tummy area. Long and lean is always my objective.
Notice that when I wear a scarf tied near my face, it is very loose and relaxed. It is also not a bulky scarf, which adds volume where I do not need it. I never try too hard with a scarf. I put it on and then either tie or drape it in a way that makes sense with what I am wearing. I accept the fact that it is going to move with me and the wind. In the same carefree way I wear my hair, I don’t worry about putting my scarf on just so and then try to keep it that way. If I have to look in the mirror to tie a scarf, I am trying too hard. Scarves should be worn in a relaxed, effortless way as if you have forgotten you have them on. Scarves keep me warm, hide my neck and other jiggly bits as well as finishing my classic combos with a bit of panache.
I always try to keep the bulk of the drape or tie above my bust line. I never want to add more bulk there.
In the photo below, I used an oversized scarf to break up the expanse of the rectangle shape of a plain dress with an unflattering round neckline. The scarf’s length and colors relate to my hair and my shoes. It creates a vertical line, which helped me look longer and leaner.