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Strike a Pose

Old Hollywood Style

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Alluring, glamorous, captivating and beguiling are words that come to mind when I think of old Hollywood style from the 40s and 50s. More specifically, an image I cannot get out of my head is of a woman driving a convertible with her hair wrapped in a sheer scarf tied under the chin and then the ends pulled to the back of the head and tied again.

I vaguely recall the scene in an old movie of the convertible, head scarf, and large sunglasses but for the life of me cannot remember the title or the actors. What I do remember is the confidence of the character portrayed.

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Scroll Print Scarf

The closest I ever got to a convertible was a beat up silver Honda Prelude with red interior and a sun roof. With well over 200,000 miles on the vehicle, it may have been an eyesore to the casual onlooker but to me it was a precious gem. A five speed stick shift with bucket seats, AM/FM stereo and a rebuilt engine that purred like a milk-satisfied kitten, this car was a beaut.

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Falling Poppy Print Scarf

Since I didn’t get my driver’s license until I turned 30 the Prelude was only my second car, the first being a four speed Chevy Chevette. And no, I never drove a stick until the Chevette but I bought it because it was blue and had AM/FM radio. The fact that I didn’t know how to drive it was secondary to me, I’d learn.

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Geometric Floral Print Scarf

Back to the Prelude – every time I got behind the wheel I felt glamorous and the fact that it was a stick only added to the powerful feeling I got when driving the car. The point I’m trying to make here is it takes confidence to invest in a vehicle you’ve never driven. It takes confidence to parade around in what others may see as ugly but to you it’s beautiful because it’s different and here’s the thing, “it brings YOU joy.”

As blind and vision impaired women, striking a pose with our white canes or guide dogs takes confidence. So why not do it in style?

Today, I’m going to give you additional scarf wearing tips. The way you choose to wear a scarf is really only limited to your imagination.

Tie Example
Tie Example

The Tie
I used to wear men’s ties and one day, out of boredom, I decided to tie my scarf like a tie and I got so many compliments. If you already know how to knot a tie you’re ahead of the game. If you don’t know following are instructions:

  1. Place the scarf around your neck keeping one side longer than the other.
  2. Move the long end over the short end so they cross each other.
  3. Pull the long end behind the short end.
  4. Bring the long end around. It should be facing off to the opposite side.
  5. Pull the long end up under the loop around your neck.
  6. Pull the long end down through the knot at the front of the scarf.
  7. Tighten the knot by sliding it up the short end.
Knotted Necklace Example
Knotted Necklace Example

The Necklace
To create a necklace effect take a lightweight scarf and fold it lengthwise until you are satisfied with the width.

  1. Fold the scarf in half and tie a knot in the center
  2. Tie 2 more knots on each end evenly spaced
  3. Tie the ends together behind your neck and you’ve got a knotted scarf necklace

The Purse Strap
You can create a purse strap from a scarf to repurpose a handbag. Or you can take a clutch with a fold over flap and use the scarf as a strap.

  1. Fold the scarf lengthwise.
  2. Twist
  3. Tie one end to the strap holder on the handbag and do likewise on the other side. For a clutch tie scarf ends together and insert flap through the loop abra cadabra purse strap.
Handbag Strap Example
Handbag Strap Example

The Infinity Scarf

  1. Tie the ends of the scarf together.
  2. Place the loop over your head.
  3. Let it hang as a singular loop or twist it in front of you so that the scarf appears like a figure 8 then place the second loop over your head.

The Belt
Using a scarf as a belt looks real nice with maxi skirts/dresses when coordinated with handbag, shoes and jewelry.

  1. Twist scarf lengthwise and tie around your waist or keep folding in half until it’s the thickness you desire then tie around the waist.

The Square Scarf
Fold square scarf in half on the diagonal to create a triangle

  1. Take two of the corners and place around your neck
  2. Cross the corners behind your neck
  3. Bring the corners to the front and let them hang loose.

Perfection isn’t a requirement for wearing scarves. Some of the best accessorized women wear their scarves with casual elegance that looks effortless.

If anyone can remember the movie that I mentioned in the beginning I’d be forever in your debt if you could leave a comment or send me an email at This is the one thing about getting older that’s such a drag – “you know that you know something but you forgot.”

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  ~e.e. cummings, 1955

2 thoughts on “Strike a Pose

  1. I like all the different ways you can wear a scarf. I didn’t know you could use a scarf as a purse strap.

    Rear Window

    Do I get a prize?

    1. LOL!! You’ve funny Sherri. I don’t think it was Rear Window. For some reason I’m thinking Cary Grant was in it but in the images I saw Grace Kelly wasn’t wearing a scarf on her head but it was tied around her neck.

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