Scarves to build an escape rope from the Empire State Building

Scarves are always a great idea

Whenever I am in a thrift or consignment store I browse the scarves. Sometimes one can score really high like my LV, Oscar de la Rente or Gucci scarves. They 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. ūüėČ

#fashionover50 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

Use your scarves to up an outfit

However, 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. ūüėČ I have to admit, I don’t mind the growth. Scarves can really update, polish, alter or make an outfit.

Scarves can really up your look. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
#fashionover40 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)

Use scarves for 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

How to fold and wear a silk scarf

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

Oscar de la Rente scarf Oscar de la Rente 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

#styleover40 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

#accessoriesover50 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?

#styleover50 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
#fashionover50 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)

These links lead you to more about great thrifting and consignment finds as well as shopping on eBay.

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