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. All I did was drape 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 satin 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 for me is that it creates an interesting vertical detail so as not to 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 do wear a scarf tied near my face, it is in a very loose and relaxed way. 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 just put it on and then either tie or drape it in a way that makes sense with whatever else 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 my 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 so as not 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. By adding the length of the scarf in colors that related to both my hair and my shoes, I used a scarf to create a vertical line, which helped me to look longer and leaner.