Scarves are easy to collect and cheap when buying second hand. This post provides reason why you need a scarf collection now, and how to create one. Plus tips where to find resources to tie them various ways.

  1. Why You Need a Scarf Collection
  2. Use Your Scarves to Up an Outfit
  3. Scarves Provide Ideas on Outfit Color Combinations
  4. Silk Scarves Are Very Versatile and Timeless
  5. Further Reading


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Why You Need a Scarf Collection

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.


example outfit with color combination inspired by an 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.

Scarves can really up your look. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet


look with a floral scarf from scarf collection
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



Scarves Provide Ideas on Outfit Color Combinations

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.


fashion blogger wearing leather joggers dressed up classic by tieing a square scarf
Vince leather jogging pants with Ann Taylor cashmere sweater, printed silk scarf, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes enamel bangles, Michael Kors pony-hair camouflage wedge sneakers (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source. 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



mixing a printed scarf and plaid
Anne Klein oblong silk leopard print scarf knotted in the front to create interest on a blazer sweater combo



fashion accessories
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


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


Do you collect scarves?


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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