Yesterday I was helping a client transition her wardrobe from summer to fall. My first request was to have her pull out her scarves.
There were some oldies but goodies in that basket of hers. My oh my, we traveled down memory lane trying to remember how many years ago it was that we purchased them together. A lot of them were Ralph Lauren shiny silk scarves in traditional paisley prints with gorgeous color mixes.
I’m sure in the past, we probably used them for her business outfits. I’m talking maybe fifteen years ago.
But that’s not her lifestyle anymore. Her work life has shifted and she’s dressing more casually and traveling for business is no longer necessary.
So how was I going to spruce up her fall casual wardrobe? I knew those shiny scarves were going to be the ticket.
Styling scarves and shawls
I’m on a mission to get my clients into scarves for three reasons:
- They’re great as an extra layer to keep their necks from getting chilled.
- They’re great for adding interest to an outfit in lieu of a necklace.
- When working with casual outfits a scarf can instantly bring that outfit up a level to casual chic.
I don’t get into fancy knots. My clients like to have it be simple so I often turn a square scarf into a rectangle one and make one square knot in front. I did a lot of that yesterday. This client wears a lot of basic neutrals so the pattern definitely adds interest.
She had a red sweater that we purchased together last year. She was nervous about wearing that color even though it looked great on her. So I added a print scarf. She calmed down. “I can wear this now,” she said. LOVELY!! Just what I like to hear.
Shopping for scarves
One of the scarves I used to make a great outfit for her was one we got from the men’s department in Nordstrom. I LOVE shopping for scarves for my women clients in the menswear department.
But last week when I was shopping with a male client, I did the opposite: I grabbed a scarf from the women’s department and brought it into his dressing room. It was a lightweight wool like the scarves above and quite large.
The ones above are floral prints in dark colors. The one I picked for him wasn’t floral but an abstract print. He loved it and bought it. More and more men are getting comfortable with scarves.
When I was leaving the store that day I took this picture of floral print scarves because I wanted to show them to another male client of mine who I believe is bold enough to go for a floral print scarf. I’d like to snatch a couple of them for him. He’s always freezing cold and he’s very fashionable. I think these will be perfect!
Wearing scarves to inspire clients
When I start playing with accessories it rubs off on my clients. It’s not uncommon to walk into a client appointment and have her say, “I want everything you’re wearing!”
So right now while I’m on my mission to get more scarves highlighted in outfits for both fashion and function, I’m wearing a scarf nearly every day to work. It’s the perfect way to start the conversation about scarves!
Do you wear items to work to inspire your clients?
Where are you finding great sources for scarves?
Are you buying women’s scarves for men and vice versa? Do share!