All the rules and prohibitions of wearing scarves, scarves and stoles

Sometimes it seems that for the reputation of a stylish girl it’s enough to keep a huge collection of scarves, shawls, scarves and other things and do not stop surprising the public with new sea knots. 

Someone from the public complains that scarfs and neck scarves, for all their attractiveness, can not be worn by everyone – and therefore it is frightening to get involved with this art. The correspondent of SHE asked stylists and image makers about the main rules and taboos of wearing cervical accessories: a usual warm scarf, a light retro scarf, a stole, a “grandmother’s” scarf and a classic silk kerchief.

Rule number one here – too many scarves and shawls in the wardrobe does not happen.

Scarves are thick and thin

The scarf is persistently associated with the European style, and let this concept have the same dubious connotation as in the “European-quality repair”, at least it is clear what is meant.

How to wear? A checkered, striped or monophonic scarf made of thick woolen fabric or its knitted relatives is a thing either purely utilitarian, or – being exhibited – implying a careless city uniform without heels and efficiency. With more solid or feminine things, a simple rough scarf looks rather plaintive. Silk or transparent gas scarf – on the contrary, the thing is very pretentious, hinting at a coquettish retro, and looks pitifully at the sportiness of the image.

The main methods of knitting a warm scarf are the French loop (the ends of the folded halves of the scarf are looped, if the bust is not too bulky, they can also be tied), a simple loop at which the ends asymmetrically hang down and the collar wrapped around the neck several times.

You can find more cunning ways. In any case, those who want to, but are afraid of experiments with scarves, stylists advise to look more fashionable pictures: from glossy magazines and archive photos of beauties of the twentieth century to blogs of street fashion.

So, to learn to carelessly wear simple, warm, coarse scarves with jeans, boots and cardigans, image-maker-stylist Milan Plekhanova advises on paparazzi-shootings of Hollywood and model style icons – like Gwyneth Paltrow or Kate Moss, wandering to the store for a loaf and kefir. As for delicate scarves, waving in the wind or thrown over their hair, here image-maker Irina Lorak advises to remember Jacqueline Kennedy, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn.

Why be afraid?Contrasting scarves – for contrasting appearance: a girl of watercolor type bright scarf simply “eat”. “The loose hair on top of the thick scarf wrapped around the neck gives the effect of Professor Dowell’s head,” notes Plekhanov. “With a large scarf, it’s best to lift the hair up, gathered in a bun, or carelessly hide it under a scarf.” Irina Lorak reminds also that it is not necessary to wear wide, thick and variegated scarves and scarves with very large breasts.


Since the 17th century, furs were called stitches, now they are more often called a large scarf 200 by 70 centimeters – from fine wool, viscose, silk.

How to wear? In cold weather, a stole can be worn as a headscarf. “You can wear a stole like a poncho, zakolov brooch” – suggests the director of the Academy of Fashion and Style “Personnel” Lyudmila Solovyanova. “The palatine is a wand for the adult ladies who have beautiful neck and shoulders – and want to wear an open dress, but the arms above the elbow are full or the skin is sagging – they can be covered with stole. Or throw a folded half of the stole through the neck, and hang the dangling ends under the waist at the waist: it turns out and a highlight, and two vertical stripes, pulling out the silhouette, – comments Milan Plekhanov. – The ends can be moved behind the back, imitating a vest. ”

Why be afraid?“It is absolutely necessary to have a full-length mirror,” advises Lyudmila Solovyanova. Palantine can change the silhouette: it can make bulky the top, and put on top, as expressed by Fima Dogs, “long and wide” – to turn you into a gypsy matron.

“The stole on large women in short dresses is out of place,” adds Irina Lorak. 

Russian handkerchief

Manufacture in Pavlovsky Posad near Moscow produces famous handkerchiefs from the XIX century; Russian fashionista appreciated the treasure of the nation recently, seeing it through the eyes of admiring foreign women.

How to wear? If the type of person allows, a scarf is worn on the head a la babushka, if not allows – on the shoulders, like a shawl, or wrapped around the neck. “The best handkerchiefs look like the ladies of the older type” Russian beauty, “says Milan Plekhanov.

– Young girl, not to look like she escaped from a folk choir, it is better to combine a handkerchief with edgeworthy things. For example, with a monotonous short jacket with broad shoulders, tight jeans, high heels. ” 

Why be afraid? “Folklore is very cunning,” warns Lyudmila Solovyanova. “In order not to risk, you can combine it with minimalist things – for example, a strict black coat.”

Reference: A woolly Pavlovsky Posad shawl 125 by 125 cm costs about 1200 rubles. They are sold in GUM, “Tvoi” trading house and “Oktyabrsky” department store. 

Silk handkerchief

Canonical silk handkerchief – 90 by 90 cm – is considered the invention of the house of Hermes, the date of birth – 1937. By the way, the art of wrapping and bandaging blossomed in the 30-40s: on the one hand, Hollywood chic implied those same fur stoles and bows, on the other – the disasters of two decades left simple women with new clothes for shreds.

How to wear?Most often tie a diagonally folded handkerchief forward at an angle: either tying the ends behind them, or throwing them forward. You can also fold the handkerchief into a long quadrangle and wear it like a normal tie, or wrap it around the neck several times and tie it.

“The Frenchwomen showed us that there is no place where the kerchief can not be attached,” Irina Lorak rejoices. – On the belt, above the knee, on the bag, on the forearm or in the form of a bracelet. The kerchief allows you to quickly transform the image and give a sign to others. For example, if the handkerchief during the party moves from the neck to the strap of the handbag, it will be a sign that you feel relaxed and free. ”

Why be afraid?Experimenting with hundreds of ways to tie handkerchiefs, you need to treat your creativity critically – half of them shortens the neck. But among the mistakes in wearing scarves (and scarves) in the first place – the color. Stylist lectures about color types usually lead to boredom, but Milan Plekhanov explains why it is really important for shawls:

“Everyone sometimes wants to wear something that does not match with the color scheme. The main thing – that it was far away from the person. 

For example, the red-haired man can put on black, separating blackness from his face with a handkerchief of his – autumn – flowers. If the wrong shade – cold for a warm girl – will be the kerchief itself, the skin will get unhealthy color. ” “Colored handkerchiefs with mottled blouses – moveton”, – reminds Mrs. Lorak.

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