On My Style Radar: Fall Scarves - une femme d'un certain âge

On My Style Radar: Fall Scarves

Fall outfit with a Burberry scarf, jeans and leopard loafers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.As the weather cools down, a woman’s fancy turns to thoughts of….scarves! There’s probably no other accessory that better combines function and form.

Scarf | Top | Earrings | Watch | Fragrance | Jeans | Sweater | Bag | Shoes

  • They keep your neck warm. (Since I began wearing scarves regularly during cooler seasons, I noticed that I got sick a lot less. YMMV.)
  • If you wear a lot of neutrals they can add some color near the face. I often rely on scarves in my travel wardrobes to add variety, pattern, and color.
  • If you wear more color, they can tie together colors in an outfit. (And if you’re going for a very Parisian vibe, match your scarf and top colors.)
  • They’re a way to try out a color, pattern, or trend without a huge investment.

A Roundup of Fall Scarves

I haven’t purchased many scarves in the last year or two, and it’s feeling like time for a refresh. Here are some fall scarves that are on my short list. I’ve featured rectangular shapes here, as I find those easiest to arrange and wear. I’ll do another post featuring silk and square scarves soon.

Rust toned plaid scarf with polka dots. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Plaids always feel Autumnal to me. I saw this one in the store the other day and couldn’t resist. It’s lightweight, but a larger size, so can also work as a wrap. I love the eyelash trim which IMO makes it easy to arrange. Those dots are navy, BTW. ⚓️ 😉

Wool cashmere check scarf in autumn colors. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

For those who live in a cooler climate, this wool-cashmere blend scarf is a little heavier and warmer. I love the mix of colors!

mixed plaid cotton scarf. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s a similar look at a budget-friendly price, and it’s cotton too!

Printed olive scarf with leopard and floral motif. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I haven’t seen this scarf up close yet, but have seen that print on other pieces and it’s really fun!

Blue fall floral wool-cashmere scarf. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you like a fall floral print, this one is another prettier-in-person-than-it-looks-online option.

Wool-free scarf in floral print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Looking for a wool-free option? This one is super soft and washable.

Lightweight silk-modal scarf in chambray blue. Details at une femme d'un certain age.Not everyone wants scarves with prints, though. Here’s a lightweight silk-modal blend scarf in a pretty chambray blue. Several other colors available too.

Do you wear patterned scarves more often or solids? Which patterns do you prefer?

You can read all of my posts featuring scarves HERE.

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  1. karen h
    September 29, 2018 / 5:06 am

    i love large scarfs, i add one to my work bag everyday. they work fabulously for the temperature variations during the day and between office space and conference rooms….and add color/pattern to my usual work outfits. and they are a must for travel! now off to investigate a couple of the scarfs you’ve shown above.

  2. Sophia
    September 29, 2018 / 6:02 am

    Love picking up scarves from NYC street vendors, usually 4 for $20. An easy shot of color and style.

    • Marie
      September 29, 2018 / 6:19 am

      I do that too! They’re great!

  3. Nancy
    September 29, 2018 / 6:08 am

    I love scarfs. It’s getting cold here in the Midwest. Time to get out the coats and scarfs. If my neck is cold then so is the rest of me. Love all your scarfs shown here.

  4. Eileen
    September 29, 2018 / 6:19 am

    I wear a lot of scarves, mostly solids and small patterns. I like to match my eye ( blue) and hair color (grey). Or some color that compliments me. Actually, most of my wardrobe is of this nature. So I search out my colors each season, and work with what I can find.

  5. BeeeBeee
    September 29, 2018 / 6:43 am

    I love scarves too and own more than a dozen. I prefer them to be patterned and most of mine are rectangular. I’m always on the lookout for a new one to add to my collection. They infuse color into my look and give me a more finished appearance while keeping my neck warm.

    I prefer cool weather and always look forward to its accompanying fashions. It will be awhile before we can wear them here in Hotlanta, though. So for now all that I can comfortably do is shift the palette of my wardrobe by wearing light-weight pieces in the lovely warm colors of Autumn.

  6. Mary
    September 29, 2018 / 6:50 am

    The scarf layer adds just enough interest and warmth. I like every single one you show here, although I can’t wear many of them (acrylic breaks me out or oversize is just too much for my short neck, small head)–I’m not complaining, I like seeing them just to see what’s available. Changing the subject–I’m having trouble wearing ankle length/short pants and keeping my ankles warm! Am I the only one? How do you manage?

    • Laura
      September 29, 2018 / 7:15 am

      You’re not the only one! It’s a huge challenge for us in the upper Midwest. Other than wearing booties or unfashionable socks, I spend a lot of time looking for slightly longer narrow pants and they’re hard to find.

    • Victoria
      September 29, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      The current craze for ankle-length pants is driving me nuts. In cold weather, I need to wear socks of some sort which you can’t do under these pants. I am 5’5″ and was able to order a tall ankle pant with success recently (so that it worked as a full length pant), but that isn’t always an option. Plus, long pants are just more flattering to me – I’m not sure why that is but it may have to do with thin calves. I hope this fad passes soon!

  7. Rondi
    September 29, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Scarves are fun. I look forward to your post showing square scarves. I enjoy seeing the larger scarves on others but I feel overwhelmed in them myself. I just like the look of a smaller scarf personally. I recently purchased a smaller triangular scarf in a great leopard print with fringe. Scarf tips are greatly appreciated!

  8. September 29, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I LOVE scarves now. My Bindyas are still my favorite…

  9. Nancy F
    September 29, 2018 / 7:21 am

    I lost my favorite tissueweight cashmere scarf last year, and I’ve been coveting a Chan Luu cashmere-silk scarf to replace it.

    Off topic, a little: the gold earrings in your composite photo are the first French Kande pieces that have tempted me. The website doesn’t give their diameter — do you know how big they are?

    • Susan B
      September 29, 2018 / 9:42 am

      Hi Nancy, I don’t but based on the same stone that’s shown in a ring I’d guess they’re about 3/4″ in diameter.

      • Nancy F
        September 30, 2018 / 3:09 pm


  10. Ksavv
    September 29, 2018 / 10:01 am

    Any chance you could post some fun ways to tie scarves?

    • Susan B
      September 29, 2018 / 10:12 am

      Hi Ksavv, if you check out the link at the bottom of the post, there are some posts demonstrating a few of my favorite scarf ties.

  11. Chris
    September 29, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Scarves tell a family story for me. My aunt worked on 7th Ave from the time she was 18 until she retired at nearly 80 and was often given nice silk scarves by salesmen trying to win her favor. She passed many of them on to family members. I still have the one that went with a coat that I had in my teens! When she died 30+ years ago, I took several of her scarvess and my mother took many, some of which I “inherited” when Mom passed away. They are timeless and I wear them (and the rest of my scarf collection) constantly in cooler weather. Some are the pop of color to brighten up black or grey and other pick up a color in my top layers, I often get complements on my vintage scarves.

    • Janet
      September 30, 2018 / 6:05 am

      What a lovely story!

    • Lily
      October 1, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Chris, what a charming story! Your scarves are priceless! Beautiful and meaningful. You can’t buy that!

  12. Kathleen Ludgate
    September 30, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Not only do I love fall scarves, I also love shawls. Because I knit and crochet, I add the current color trends to my yarn purchases.

  13. Lisa
    October 4, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I have an Echo scarf with a print in all the colors I usually wear. Jade, burgundy. khaki green, navy and black. Sounds a mess but as soon as I saw it I knew it would work with my clothes and it does. I am thinking of buying the Burberry scarf with the small red hearts as just looking at it makes me happy!

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