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How to Wear a Silk Scarf – A Guide for Tall Women

October 12, 2010

When most of us think about tall women, we think about stunning, leggy supermodels with figures to die for. For some of the ‘ordinary’ women of above average height; however, those extra inches are not something to be envied, but rather something that they would prefer to disguise.

Selecting the right kind of shoes is, of course, one of the most obvious ways for tall women to avoid looking any taller, and kitten heels make for a practical, modern and extremely attractive choice. Not adding to your height and creating an illusion of being shorter, however, are two entirely different things, but there are items that taller women can incorporate into their look which will make them appear less lofty.

Silk scarves are fabulous and incredibly versatile accessories which can be worn by women of any proportions, but for taller women, not only are they the perfect thing for jazzing up an outfit, providing a look of exquisite elegance and making a strong personal statement, but they can also act particularly well in terms of deceiving the eye. Here are just a few dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing the style in which to wear them.


wear your silk scarf so that it hides your neck. By hiding your neck you will effectively give the impression that your whole body is shorter. Try wrapping a long silk scarf several times loosely around the neck until most of the fabric has been used up and so that the width of the scarf covers the whole of the area from the chin down to the collarbone. Either tuck the ends of the scarf out of sight completely or leave no more than a couple of inches to hang in front of or behind your shoulders. Alternatively, fold a square silk scarf across the diagonal and then roll the fabric into a cylinder and tie it so that it hugs the neck with the knot to one side.

DON’T wear your silk scarf in any style which creates vertical lines down your body. Whilst this works well for shorter people, it will only make you appear even taller.


create horizontal lines across your body using your silk scarf. As well as wrapping a long scarf around your neck to create a horizontal, you can also break up the length of your body by using your scarf around your waist or hips. Another great look which also helps to interrupt the flow and stop the eye in its tracks if you are wearing a dress is by tying a silk scarf underneath the bust to create an empire line. This effect works especially well in terms of flattering a pear-shaped form.

DON’T tie your silk scarf around your neck in any way that creates a V or a Y shape. If you look at the shape of both of these letters, you will see that they automatically draw the eye downwards. Essentially, where the two sides of the fabric come together to form the knot, it is almost as though they create an arrow which invites the eye to continue on its downwards journey.


October 12th, 2010

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