Scarves are easy to collect and cheap when buying second hand. This post provides reason why you should start a collection now.

  1. Scarves Are Always a Great Idea
  2. Use Your Scarves to Up an Outfit
  3. Scarves Provide Ideas on Outfit Color Combination
  4. Silk Scarves Are Very Versatile and Timeless
  5. Further Reading

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Scarves Are Always a Great Idea

Whenever I am in a thrift or consignment store, I browse the scarves.  Some of my best thrift shop finds were brands I couldn’t afford at the new price tag (see a list of designer brands to look for in thrift shops; opens in new tab). Sometimes one can score really high like my LV, Oscar de la Rente or Gucci scarves. My finds were all somewhere between $5 and $30. Not bad, not bad at all. On ebay, I got a lot of scarves for $15 with one Dior, and one Oscar de la Renta scarf. Ok, I have a great collection, but I agree with my granny

A classy women can never have too many scarves! #Style Click To Tweet

even when one has so many that one could build an escape rope. Well, I still can keep shopping for scarves as the rope wouldn’t yet work in the Empire State Building. 😉

post banner for why you need a scarf collection showing the Empire State Building with a scarf as escape rope

Use Your Scarves to Up an Outfit

When starting a scarf collection, look for good quality in silk or cotton in colors that work with your wardrobe. Actually, most of my scarves are not high end. Many of my scarves were gifts from my husband, parents, and friends. They all know I love scarves. Thus, my collection keeps growing like the intent is to make an escape rope from the Empire State building. 😉 I have to admit, I don’t mind the growth. Accessorizing with scarves can turn a good look to awesome. See this guide on how to up your style with scarves.

casual work outfit with oblong scarf
GNW Luxe cashmere sweater with Halogen A-line leather skirt, GNW tights, Manolo Blahnik booties, cat cameo pendant necklace, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and thrifted floral print silk scarf (all own). The scarf picks up colors of the skirt, sweater, tight, necklace, watch band, and shoes


Don’t fall for a brand name. Look for scarves in a vibe that works with your personal style (Use this free personal style finder if you don’t know your primary style). Scarves can really update, polish, alter or make an outfit! For example, a scarf with – shirt and jeans immediately yields a posh casual look vs. just jeans with a Tee.

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casual outfit with oblong floral print silk scarf
Side view of above work outfit of GNW Luxe cashmere sweater with tan Halogen A-line leather skirt, green GNW tights, red Manolo Blahnik booties, Hermes Medor watch with green leather band, and multi-color thrifted silk scarf (all own)

Scarves Provide Ideas on Outfit Color Combination

In today’s OOTD, I used the colors of the scarf to tied the different colors of the outfit together.

Use the colors of a scarf to design an outfit. #styletip Click To Tweet

Silk Scarves Are Very Versatile and Timeless

Here are some examples how I wear my scarves and how to fold them.

Oscar de la Renta scarf Oscar de la Renta scarf (thrift-store find). Put the middle of an oblong scarf on the front of your neck, wrap the ends around the back of your neck and knot them in the front. Use your thumb to ensure the knot stays flat

how to tie a square scarf Printed silk scarf. Fold a square scarf in the middle to an oblong. Fold one end of the oblong over the closed fold. Take ends of the closed part, put the scarf around the neck and tie a double knot. Use your thumb to keep knot flat

Anne Klein leopard print scarf Anne Klein oblong silk leopard print scarf knotted in the front

#scarves Gucci scarf Paloma Picasso x belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Gucci scarf (thrift-store find). Fold the scarf over to an oblong, then one corner is folded over to build a collar. Then the corners are tied in the front to obtain a collar-like illusion

#fashionover40 silk scarf folded and tied at the ends DIY pendant necklace, Orvis suede blazer, GNW cashmere sweater, and classic print silk scarf (gift from my husband) folded to a triangle. The ends are double knotted in the front using the thumb to keep the knot flat

#styleover40 oblong scarf with pearl necklace Akoya saltwater pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source with own Hermes collier de chien bangle, coin charm necklace, oblong floral silk scarf (thrift-store find). Wrap an oblong scarf around the neck and tie with a double knot in the front. Use the thumb to ensure the knot stays flat

Do you collect scarves?

red blazer with scarf
Outfit as above, but with a red blazer. The scarf ties the various colors of the outfit together. See how the scarf’s colors are reflected on the sweater
woman in work appropriate outfit with scarf and green beret
Red pea coat worn open as cape over closed red blazer with Halogen leather skirt, scarf, GNW tights, Manolo Blanik booties, green leather gloves, green beret and Sak bag (all own)

Further Reading

The following three links lead you to more posts on second hand shopping. They illustrate how to look like $1000 for just a couple of dollars with thrift finds. In consignment, one woman’s trash can be another’s treasure. You can learn  how to score high when shopping on eBay.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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