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Don’t Know Her Size – Buy her a Scarf: 9 Different Types of Scarves

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by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

If you’ve got a girlfriend, a mother, a sister, or a woman friend, but you don’t know what size she is, and you want to buy her a gift that she’ll wear… buy her a scarf.

Really. Scarves are hip and chic these days, and even if you DO know a woman’s clothing size, every company and every cut is different, so chances are good that if you buy her a garment, like a dress or a top, it is not going to fit. Hey, even necklaces and earrings can be tricky.

Different Types of Trendy Scarvesscarves add color

I’m not talking about buying an old-lady shawl or some wooly thing with snowflakes. I’m talking about a hip and fun infinity scarf, a super long rectangular scarf, or a scarf with embellishments like beads, tassels or crocheted edging. (Okay, I'm 61, so these scarves will look better on your friend, girlfriend, or wife, but we took these shots quickly as the sun was going down, just to show you how a scarf can add interest and color to an outfit. Hey, it's me. I'm a free model.)

Hot scarf styles:

1. Leopard Scarf: Leopard is chic for all ages, but a nice, natural (golden brown) print is timeless… and I think that most leopard patterns look better on older women than on younger chickadees. It’s not that teenagers can’t wear leopard... especially leopard in fun colors like purple or blue... but if you want to buy something really nice for your mum, you can’t go wrong with a brown or gray leopard scarf (or a Liberty of London vintage floral scarf or an Hermes scarf, if you have money to burn).

2. Floral Scarf: There are tons of different types of florals. Two hot trends are:

  • Folkloric, ethnic flower prints
  • Pink or red rose prints (which look Ab Fab with rustic, boho folk outfits)

Other trendy flower prints include geometric (repeating) florals, abstract florals, Asian florals, baroque florals, and tone-on-tone patterns (almost all the same color or with same-color stitching or embroidery).

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3. Mixed-Print Scarf: I love the look of mixed prints, but it takes a good eye to get a wonderful mix. One easy way around this is to wear a scarf that already has the mix-and-match (mismatch) thing going on. This means that someone else has already done the mix-work for you. Some examples of cool mixed prints include leopard with floral, tribal with geometric, plaid with plaid, floral with baroque scrolls, or floral and tartan. A mixed-print scarf will go with almost anything, if it has colors that go with your friend’s wardrobe.

4. Infinity Scarf: Infinity scarves, also called snoods or circle scarves, are super easy to wear because they don’t require tying. Longer infinity scarves are the most versatile because they allow a woman to loop the scarf around her neck two times or three times, giving her the option of wearing the length that looks best with any outfit. Longer styles also make it easier to twist a scarf in more ways.

5. Long Skinny Scarf: Long skinny scarves are very Gatsby in style. However, long thin scarves can also be worn other ways for non-flapper women: tied in a floppy bow over a blouse, tied around a hat as a hatband, tied around one’s head as a headband (Alice band), or tied around the waist as an obi-style belt.

6. Embellished-Edge Scarf: Trendy edgings include tassels, pom poms (best for boho chicks or super-trendy women), crocheted flowers, frayed edges, and any kind of fringe. Large, heavy tassels also help to keep a square scarf in place. (article continues)

Keep reading about fashion scarves for women on page two.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. kay kerns

    Scarves are great I have a very soft fleece one I just bought for $1 at the nearby consignment store in a dark hot pink color that will cheer me up in the dark cold months ahead...nice article especially the point that a plus size woman needs a longer scarf...I use small thin ones to tie on my ponytail or on a purse, but long ones are definitely more versatile for wearing on my neck