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Silk Scarves - Dressing for the Workplace

Updated on August 24, 2015

Dressing for the workplace requires a delicate balancing act.  At the same time as ensuring that your outfit portrays you as a smart, professional woman, you also don’t want to feel as though you are disappearing in a sea of black, grey, navy blue or beige.  You still want to retain your own sense of individuality, but without going over the top.

Most career experts who advise on the subject of women’s workplace attire recommend avoiding brightly-colored or heavily-patterned items of clothing, but instead to aim for a plain and slightly understated look.  Vivid colors and fussy designs at work can often be distracting and simply take too much attention away from what the individual has to say.  By adding a splash of accent color to an otherwise plain outfit, however, you don’t have to look like a corporate drone, but you also won’t drown out your own voice.

When it comes to dressing for work, few of us want to spend vast sums of money, preferring instead to save our investment for clothing which will be worn on those special evenings out. By adding a range of hand painted silk scarves to her wardrobe, however, a woman can transform less costly, simple outfits into something which looks both chic and expensive.

Although silk scarves for women can be worn in a variety of different ways, in the workplace scenario they really come into their own when used around the neck, as a belt around the waist or under the bust to create an empire line.  In these ways, they can be teamed with plain business suits, dresses and skirts to give a unique and flattering look.

As women’s silk scarves come in a wide range of different shapes and sizes, a number of looks can be achieved when they are used around the neck.  For those who don’t like to feel restricted in this area, a longer, narrower scarf simply hung around the neck will look classy and elegant.  Another alternative arrangement for longer scarves can be achieved by doubling them lengthwise, placing them around the neck and feeding the free ends through the loop which is created by the fold.  As the fabric is not pulled tightly as would be the case if it were tied, many women find this an attractive and comfortable style of wearing.

Simple dresses can be given a new and highly fashionable look by using a long silk scarf to create an empire line, and this works particularly well for women with pear-shaped figures.  Even the plainest grey, black or navy dress can be utterly transformed when a scarf of a coordinating color is used in this way.

Waisted dresses, skirts and pants, meanwhile, can be given a complete face-lift by a long hand painted scarf worn around the middle.  Not only does this help to accentuate small waists, but it also draws attention away from larger busts.


The ultimate fashion accessory, a stunning silk scarf adds a touch of elegance to almost any outfit.  In the workplace though, it has a classic appeal which looks highly professional but still lifts work attire out of the doldrums.

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      Semyon 

      5 years ago

      hey ty for the advice but i was lnlokiog for more like a jap style bow tieyou know like a bit puffy and you can see the middle holder you know the middle part between the two loops of the bow :3

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      umbrellamom 

      7 years ago

      This is the best scarf article I have seen so far. Kudos to you. A true inspiration.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Julie-Anne, for this beautiful hub with gorgeous silk scarves. They certainly outstanding and so dressy..

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