Wednesday, March 23, 2011

On the Street…..Piazza Oberdan, Milan

This is one of my favorite shots in a while.

I love shooting older people not because I think they are more stylish than any other age, but rather because they have different design references than someone 20 or even 50 years old.

For instance, I have never seen a scarf rolled under the chin like this Milanese woman has done. So chic and so subtle; I love the waves of fabric cascading over her shoulder. Maybe in her younger days all of her girlfriends wore their scarves this way but I’ve never seen it.

This is pure inspiration for me, and inspiration at its most powerful because it doesn’t cost money for anyone to recreate that element.


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  1. My Heart Blogged

    March 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    The waves on it are so beautiful. She looks so chic, and not overdone.
    My Heart Blogged

  2. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Lovely shot. Amazing moment captured.

  3. Wida

    March 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    She's very lovely!

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  4. tallulah

    March 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Such a gentle, serene face who has seen life and experienced so much. What an inspiration for older years.

  5. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    It's a common look in New York and California with the older crowd as well. Wait for summer – I love this look, and I'm in my 20's!

  6. That's Not My Age

    March 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Its pure inspiration for me too – absolutely lovely – thank you.

  7. Sarah Weal

    March 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I just think it is wonderful that you spotted this. You have a keen eye. I look forward to seeing all the beautiful young things sporting the rolled foulard look this spring.

  8. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I wish I led a life where discussing the qualities of a scarf was at the top of my list of duties.

  9. Amy

    March 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you.

  10. Prêt à Porter P

    March 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you for this, so austere, somber, elegant…There is even refinement in the gesture that you have captured her in. I found it interesting to look at the styles of an older person because they have grown more into themselves; the clothing becomes a part of them and not just them being a mannequin for this season's whatever. It never occurred to me to realize their references are very different.

    -ps. I remember years ago you did a post on this encounter you had with an older gentleman at a cafe. You ended up missing one of the shows to talk and have lunch with him. Did you ever see him again?

  11. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    She is just an "amore"!!! The world is not filled with young beautiful people, it is also filled with old beautiful people… What a great example!!!!

  12. Blog Informativo

    March 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I love this blog!

  13. Denise Laborde

    March 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I love this too. Love imagining that this is how she wore a scarf as a young woman. I'm going to pin this photo – I think this look would work great for the windy spring days ahead in Toulouse.

  14. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    It almost has an Amish look to it.

  15. berkshire mems

    March 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I'm 61 and I love your blog, and love that you don't ignore older women and men. Thanks.

  16. caribbelle

    March 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I like this shot. Many women still do this and I've seen more of them doing it with the terrible weather we've been having. It's a nice alternative to wearing a hat. It's very chic in a Jackie O sense.

  17. The Photodiarist

    March 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    So true. As someone who wears a scarf over her head often, I will be using this new trick to tie them. Very inspirational indeed.

  18. Thanks so much for sharing this one! I feel like society is so quick to make anyone over a certain age "irrelevant" to a degree. It's heartbreaking to me because, as you say, they are able to afford us a peek into times and experiences that can never be relived.

    Love it.

  19. ladykatza

    March 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you for this lovely photo!

  20. ania

    March 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    if you've never seen this before, come to poland. especially to the small village. almost every old lady is wearing such scarfs this way. i think it's quite popular in east europe in general.

  21. comme fraiche

    March 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    She has probably worn the scarf that way all her life, perhaps something her mom taught her

  22. Monroe Steele

    March 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love how she did the scarf as well so sophisticated and delicate. I also love her gloves.

    xoxo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

  23. The Fancy Teacup

    March 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    She looks so graceful. I'm in love with how she effortlessly styled her scarf, too.
    much love.

  24. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Do you think everyone references a certain (influential) period in their life style-wise in some small way? I like this idea a lot…

  25. Particulière ♥

    March 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    She's a really beautiful woman!
    So inspiring!

  26. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    You know the picture shows more than just waves of her scarf. It's great composition consistet of light scarf, but also hair, dark coat, gloves and bag. This picture really shows that being eldery doesn't mean ugly, non-elegant or non-stylish. I love it. But one thing to add – this way of rolling scarves is a normal and very common thing in polish older women.

  27. Sinead

    March 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This look is really common in Ireland with elderly ladies also!! Particularly women from rural areas. And the like wearing the scarves multicoloured! Beautliful

  28. Cecille

    March 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    yes, old people are very inspiring in all ways!

  29. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I love it to. Very much.

  30. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    the scarf puts me in mind of grace kelly – perfect for zipping along a mountain road in a convertible!

  31. Rose

    March 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Magical. Thank you yet again for using your unique eye to bring us inspiration in places we might not have seen it.

  32. Vanessa

    March 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    It's a beautiful shot, really. I love it.

  33. Madame Awesomepants

    March 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I remember my grandmother, who is now 80, always wore her scarves like that.

  34. Jane

    March 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Agreed! I'm loving anew your pictures at the moment.

  35. Anna

    March 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    so beautiful!

  36. Sandra

    March 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I can't be more agreed!

  37. Stylethusiast

    March 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    most of the old women in the Romania countryside wear the scarf exactly like should definitely pay a visit to Transylvania :)

  38. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I have your book and 2 others. It seems that noone ever comes to Portugal!!! The Portuguese are very stylish people. Please put us on the fashion map!!

  39. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    This reminds me of photos of my Italian great-grandmother… She wore a headscarf the same way.

  40. Augusta

    March 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Our grandmothers here in Italy always wear their foulard like that. My Grandm, in her 60s and all the way through her 90s never went out without it.

  41. The Minx

    March 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I absolutely love this.

  42. Jessie

    March 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    i couldn't agree with you more! such a true statement. what a great photograph.

  43. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    you are so right, the scarf rolled into gentle folds really is inspiration… what a wonderful inspiration indeed-

  44. rossana

    March 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    i'm so happy that you are back to shoot people and not only skinny models. so cute! congrats!

  45. ashton

    March 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    lovely :)

  46. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I enjoy nearly all your photos of fashion and beauty, but I must have a thing for older people, because their faces and fashion are most absorbing to me. The others I might flick through, but I always stop and savor an old face, man or woman. Thanks for posting such a diverse group. – Jean

  47. Anna-Fee

    March 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    look at the gesture of her hand…. like and extension of the waves of her scarf, that frames her gaze and thoughts?..

  48. Prutha

    March 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    she defi has a lot of style in subtle ways… beautiful pic

  49. Maureen French

    March 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I really applaud your ability to see the beauty in the everyday look of this woman. In our youth obsessed culture, it is always refreshing for someone to appreciate older individuals…

  50. pinky

    March 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm


  51. pinky

    March 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    you are so finely tuned….

  52. Vasilieva

    March 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

  53. Kathy

    March 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I love that you saw this…appreciated it..shot it…and shared….I love it as well….k

  54. jae

    March 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    i understand what you mean about older people, they really are amazing and that scarf is just devine.

  55. RFOD

    March 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm


  56. inspirefab

    March 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I Love this. She looks so classic and classy without trying…People don't dress like they did years ago…too bad..

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  57. jackie

    March 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    absolutely beautiful post. i didn't see the waves of fabric in the same way, until you mentioned it- so true- so subtle and lovely. also, the way you pointed out that she has different references than someone younger is very interesting as well. maybe she was inspired by the movie stars of her era and the way they wore those scarves over there heads with sunglasses on… like audrey and sophia:


  58. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    i bet her scarf was place on her head for functional reasons. it looks nice. and, it's nice that you include older women in your fashion blog.

  59. Maggie

    March 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    That it's white makes it even more interesting. Think of all the fashion icons of the early sixties and their scarves: Grace Kelly, all the Kennedy women, Marilyn Monroe….

  60. 2heels1flash

    March 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    so tenderrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Interesting point Sartorialist, I suspect it works both ways – this lady minght be surprised that you singled her out at all and still more for something she might have thought a purely practical way of dealing with an item of clothing that was therefore invisible to her. I wonder if we have sartorial habits today that in 30 years time will seem worthy of interest? It would be fun to travel in time and review you blog and see which looks feel current and which "period" in 2041.

  62. Alyssa Trivelli

    March 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Perfection! im going to wear my scarf like this next time i visit my nonna and find out if women in sicily used to wear them like this too.

  63. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Very nice photo and caption. I often see such an impressive post. That is why I visit here everyday.

  64. life is happy most of the time.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    i hope to be this amazing as i age! you are never too old to have a bit of true style right!? xxx

  65. carole

    March 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I completely agree with you. A beautiful touch and anyone can do it.
    Wouldn't that look great with an Hermes scarf?

  66. Mariana Filippe

    March 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Great shots. Out of the cliche, careful choice, and an authentic personal view.

  67. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Wouldn't it be fun if you had a section on your page where people could show you and each other their own interpretations of what they have seen here. It wouldn't/shouldn't have to be a literal copy, the looser the inspiration, the better. Oh fun!

  68. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    So many faces aging with grace and style

  69. Arthurs House

    March 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Beautiful post Scott. Thanks for sharing your vision and how this is inspirational for you.

  70. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Great shot in my hometown and it reveals your kindness that goes so far from fashion and taste.
    The woman reminds me of my grandmother and my aunts: the smell in their bags and those silk scarves they put around my neck when I got a sore throat.
    That's why I love this blog.

  71. hibou

    March 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Posts like this are what make me really love your blog.

  72. KatjaB

    March 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    You've got a great eye, you are so right! I love old people as well, they are so beyond any insecurities and have this special charisma. Can't wait to get there!

  73. Liv

    March 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    feels like another century

  74. Jocy

    March 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm


  75. LA Film Actress

    March 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    This is a beautiful and touching photo. This lady reminds me of a subject in a Dutch Old Master painting. Her black outfit and the white scarf around her hair could have emerged directly from the quiet, refined classicism of 17th century European art. She looks like she belongs in Alain Corneau's wonderful film "Tous les matins du monde."

    Thank you for these photos of ladies of all ages, Scott.

  76. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    captivating shot. refreshing yet galvanizing. j'adore.

  77. Lucy

    March 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    A true inspiration to all. I love the creme-colored scarf and how she put it over her neck like that. I also love her leather gloves. It really shows how fashionable a women can be by going so simple.

  78. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Ok … the photo is amazing but more amazing is the sensibility and the words you choose to describe!
    I'm a huge fan by reading one post!!!
    I will be here every day… fashion and poetry do you want more inspiration than that!
    Thank you

    Michelli Buback

  79. Julie Khuu

    March 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Beautifully said, beautifully captured. The scarf look can be duplicated, but I don't think with this kind of panache…Definitely one that's been honed over time…Love this shot!


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  80. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Molto molto bella. This is why I admire your work!! Keep it up!!

  81. Amy Creyer (

    March 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I love the way you explain and contextualize photos that are important to you.

  82. Bella

    March 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring a set of older citizens who have are so chic and have elan!!! It's high time we celebrate the wiser and older set who have many fashion statements to teach us! Perfectly lovely and long overdue! Thank you for your beautiful eye!

  83. Christi

    March 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    This is great. I only hope I can be half as classy as I age.

  84. Carol Markel

    March 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    The scarf tie works because the fabric is chiffon, not a slippery silk.

  85. Cathy

    March 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Beautiful! I willing to bet she has many fabulous stories!

  86. como una aparición

    March 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Absolutely elegant.

  87. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I love this, the way the scarf rolls under her chin is so chic, so feminine and elegant, and such a beautiful surprise as your eyes move down the picture.

    I also always enjoy reading your personal commentary on a photo, would love to see it more!

  88. Erica

    March 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love seeing "older" people on your blog. Fashion is for everyone. She looks wonderful.

  89. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Bravissima. Thank you for this.

  90. Angie Muresan

    March 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I love the way she looks! So natural and elegant.

  91. Miss French Navy

    March 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Such a lovely post – and I love the way you describe the the clothing and talk about the person you have photographed. It's always a lovely and inspirational read.

  92. Julia

    March 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    It is because of pictures like this that I love your blog.

  93. SPEAKcreativity

    March 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Love this photo! She looks effortless and the scarf seems to be a signature of hers…

  94. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    My grandma in Bosnia would wear a scarf like this almost all the time. She had lots of them, different colors, patterns and quality – those for around the house, for outings and those for church. She passed away two years ago. Before she died two years ago she asked me what I wanted from the little that she had and all I wanted was one of her scarfs. I keep it in the top draw of my bedside table. Thank you.

  95. Iphigenia

    March 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    My greek grandmothers used to wear their headscarves like this. I miss those days. The lady on your post is beautiful.

  96. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Our family lived in Germany in the early 60's and this was the preferred way to wear a scarf. Very chic (and practical)!

  97. Caddy

    March 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I really like and agree with what you wrote about how older people "have different design references than someone 20 or even 50 years old."

    Thanks for pointing that out. It makes me want to be more aware of how people of a different generation dress so I can take note of inspiring things from them.

  98. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I think its a great photo, she looks chic and elegant and at the same time she inspires that self confidence that comes from living a life full of experiencies. Love your blog and your work:)

  99. Miriam

    March 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Your ability to see beauty in so much of your surroundings is inspirational.

  100. Aubrey and Melissa

    March 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Hm.. It is really interesting to here your inspiration. This is why I enjoy your blog so much, you point out things most people overlook. This is really beautiful in such a subtly way, that cascading ruffles are awesome.

  101. Plain T-Shirt

    March 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Beautiful picture; she doesn't try for style rather than just dress how she normally would. Lovely.

  102. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I think Elizabeth Taylor used to do this; this pic is beautiful.

  103. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    It is interesting. You seem to find yourself through the urban experience, reflections of yourself in the spirit and soul of others. Their beauty, imagination, poignancy, their self-expressive details. May you always maintain such sensitivity. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  104. Mani

    March 24, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I really love this shot! I couldn't help noticing the gloves, too

  105. meenal @ maison marigold

    March 24, 2011 at 1:02 am

    images of older people do have something extra..maybe the hint of life they have lived that peeks through the lines on their faces..i do love the way she had tied the scarf with all its layers showing…lovely image.. xx meenal

  106. Laurel

    March 24, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Unexpected beauty is always the best.

  107. lushgazine

    March 24, 2011 at 2:18 am

    older ladies have built up their own taste and style over the years. they have their 'trial and errors' and the result that they stick to is always charismatic.

    that's the precious thing that makes them stand out.


  108. Sea Angels

    March 24, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I love this picture..she has no makeup on…and looks really fabulous..not overdone and totally elegant..lifts your hopes xxx

  109. pau

    March 24, 2011 at 2:58 am

    how cool for being old :) so so classy

  110. La vuelve loca!

    March 24, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Very good this picture, wonderful!

    Besos desde ♥ La ropa me vuelve loca!

  111. shooting star

    March 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

    yeah!!..and also the way she has paired the off white scarf with the black coat!!

  112. Maryla

    March 24, 2011 at 3:48 am

    You blog is an endless source of inspiration. Thank you for that!

  113. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Thank you for this beautiful photo. I find I am increasingly inspired by stylish older women, particularly those with simplicity and certainty like this lady. In praise of older women!

  114. KC

    March 24, 2011 at 3:53 am

    younger people are actually lucky to still see the best of the past.

  115. arve

    March 24, 2011 at 4:14 am

    You should write more, Mr. Shuman.

  116. Style-a-billy

    March 24, 2011 at 4:18 am

    First i wanted to say how glad i am about this post, everything you said is so true. She is the first woman iv seen wearing that trend(apart from my great grandmother, when i was 4) after D&G introduced that style on their Fall 2008 collection(! It did look great on the catwalk, but appearently noone has dared to pull it off. So big respect to that Lady!

  117. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 4:30 am

    This look is extremely common in Europe among elderly ladies. It is also a trend which has occurred several times in (fashion) history. I'm surprised you say you'd never seen it before, in tune as you claim to be with all things 'fashion'. Maybe you had, many times, but only recently started REALLY seeing it, noticing it.

  118. Andrei Iacob

    March 24, 2011 at 4:33 am

    i love shooting older people! most of them have great style and they all look like good persons


    March 24, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Amo Milano

  120. MELISSA Z.

    March 24, 2011 at 5:06 am

    oh yes, this pic is a piece of art! Congrats!

  121. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 5:20 am

    ..yes, a look you find in every Catholic country…very popular in the 1950's when you were expected to dress up for Mass and also had to have your head covered so slipping on a silk scarf was perfect, and more modern and easy than a hat. Then B Bardot came along in the 60's & tied the ends round the back of her neck…v glam. esp on back of a scooter…

  122. miho

    March 24, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Beautiful shot and chic.
    I like this photo.

  123. Maryla

    March 24, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I'm one of the "fans of a certain age" of your blog and I have to say that many of your shots are a great inspiration for me. Thank you very, very much for that!

  124. Sara G.

    March 24, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Precious words, and precious job you've done!
    Thank you!!

  125. mego

    March 24, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Yes, the point is in the material of the scarf…is an old one, maybe? i tryed to find something like this but now is all 100 % polyester..hers might be some sort of silk / shangtung / crepé ? i don't know, just saw it in my grandmother's closet…

  126. mhs

    March 24, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I think she has the same reference as my aunt and my mother: Grace Kelly in her film star days. An association with open top cars comes to my mind..

  127. Zephyr

    March 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

    It's a very common look here, in Hungary, fol elder people, and it is not seen as style at all… It is the sign of the LACK of interest in fashion, the OPPOSITE of style. I was very surprised to see this here, on this blog… I can understand that if someone is not familiar with this look he may find it interesting, but… it's not style for me, sorry.

  128. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 6:40 am


  129. la casita

    March 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

    great photo. In Italy the scarves were used a lot in the past. I remember my mum and I were wearing scarves in the same way in the '70's (only mine were kid's ones with flowers or something). Unfortunately nowadays are very much associated with old people! a shame really…bring the head scarves back!

  130. Titou

    March 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Great post and picture. Real elegance doesn't need to be taught.

  131. Janet

    March 24, 2011 at 6:53 am

    older people have class and wisdom that you can see through their eyes, eyes that have seen war, death, birth, and years of beautiful things. They have timeless elegance that we should all capture before its too late.

  132. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

    My grandma used to wear the scarf like this. This picture remainds me her. Besos desde España

  133. CICIDI

    March 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

    The classic head scarf look it so beautiful. Sometimes we overlook the style of old people.

  134. cattiegirl

    March 24, 2011 at 7:49 am

    my grandma always does like this, she's 89)

  135. Jack Daniel

    March 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I'm surprised that you haven't posted pictures of well dressed older people while you were in Florence. When I was in that city last year, I've never seen such well dressed people in my whole life. 95% were old people.

  136. Luciane at

    March 24, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Inspiration is what we're looking for… more so than fashion.


    Luciane at

  137. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    March 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful woman and photo.

    The folds of the scarf remind of Bernini sculptures on the Sant Angelo Bridge in Rome. Bellissima

  138. Juliska

    March 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

    So very true! I used to live in Milan and always admired the way these old "signore" dressed. So appropriate, so becoming…Always in impeccable style!

  139. Naftali Stern @ The Bohmerian

    March 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

    What a great shot!! Love the whit scarf.

  140. Key

    March 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

    In my opinion, this is where you really shine, Scott – being able to pick up on such subtle nuances in individual style. I always wear mufflers with a crisscross at my throat as you showed months ago (I've never seen anyone else do this) and you can bet I'll use this little accent trick too.

  141. Davidikus

    March 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

    My mother used to wear scarves this way. In her youth, this was the definitive way of wearing a Hermès scarf. (Do people care about Hermès scarves/squares these days?)

    In London, I think this is also fairly common among young fashionable women of Muslim descent. Or so was I told by one of them.

  142. Barbara B

    March 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

    There seem to be so many layers of fabric, does anyone have a clue about how this happened? Not just the rolling, I'd say. I think the layers are at least as intriguing as the rolling. This picture truly moves me, aswell as the fact that it provokes so many commentaries.

  143. Angelus

    March 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Great shot, best words!! Posts like this are what make me really love your blog.

  144. Martina Minguzzi

    March 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

    that's why we love you!

  145. Frank Minutillo

    March 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I don't remember what first drew me to your blog…I am neither clothes conscious nor style concious. But it is posts like this that really keep me coming back for more.

  146. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for the spate of lovely mature faces!

  147. Carole (NY etc.)

    March 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Maybe you should visit the rest of France ? Outside Paris I mean… My grand mother's town is full of these elegant in an old way persons… :) I agree, the company of the elderly can be very inspiring.

  148. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Lovely…in Ireland where I hail from, women of a certain age wear headscarves like this esp when they go to mass or in inclement weather (which is quite often :). Every Christmas I send home a headscarf and or a brooch of some discription to my Grandmother in Ireland..she would nvr dream of entering a church without a headscarf on.


    March 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    F A B U L O U S.

    You can see her whole life and experiences in this look.

  150. Manuela

    March 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    This is how my Austrian grandmother wore (and still wears, at 92!) her scarf, which is whenever she is outside. When Omama would visit us in the States and walk us to school, she would make me and my sisters wear little scarves (tied like this) as well — we were so embarrassed. :)

    This pic is very nostalgic for me (though I never really thought of it as stylish before).

  151. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    If you ever travel to Tehran you'll be in a for a treat. The mandatory Islamic dressing (e.g. head cover) has made women come up with unconventional ways of expressing their sense of style.

  152. Aimes

    March 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This makes me feel so amazed. Love!

  153. Sam

    March 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    It's a really inspiring picture!

    This is the also the way Romanian women tie scarves on their head when they are wearing the traditional national costume. The only difference is that the scarves are usually very colorful. Here is an example (there are several pictures taken at an exhibition by a Romanian photographer, you'll see two pictures with women wearing scarves):

  154. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    This is a common "babushka" look from the Slavic countries for sure but I bet it was common all over Europe. God knows every adult female in my family including my mother had that exact look.

    Considering how plain women keep their hair nowadays (I came up in the 80's when they were always permed) it would be nice to see the head scarf look come back, especially since we guys sort of regained the brimmed hat.

  155. Luana

    March 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

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  157. theprojectzen

    March 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    If I'm not mistaken, Rachel McAdams wore this head piece in a scene from The Notebook. Along with her 1950's wardrobe for the film, she looked incredibly chic. Either way, it can make any woman (chic or gamine in style) look positively pure and graceful.

  158. Natasha E.

    March 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    В России много бабушек носят платки, завязывая их под подбородком. По-моему, это выглядит очень мило и как-то по-родному.

  159. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 12:53 am

    best shot of the blog, so far. amazing. so chic, so simple.

  160. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Then, you;ve never been to the rural areas of Romania. There, all the women wear their scarfs like that and it's a sign of "ruralism", rather than distinction :)

  161. sofia

    March 25, 2011 at 6:52 am

    It's so true! Especially here in Milan I've seen the most amazing older people – perfectly dressed in the smallest details. It's like they really perfect their style over the years, everything very taught out.

    I think THIS is the real Italian style.

  162. Sam

    March 25, 2011 at 7:24 am

    In response to what Anonymous said about the so-called "sign of ruralism" of older women in Romania, it's sad that he/she doesn't feel any connection to the traditional national style. Yes it is true, that women in rural areas wear scarves like that, but it's a sign of keeping the traditions and it also can be beautiful as you could see in my example a few comments above (about the photography exhibition) and not just plain and uninteresting.

  163. Big Hug Studio

    March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I think if you were to visit Eastern Europe you would find many women wearing this style…it's very much like the look of those matryoshka/babushka dolls.

  164. Kelly Erin

    March 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

    elegance personified!

  165. The Lady Philosopher

    March 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Its hard to make this scarf over the head look modern. Maybe you can bring it back? I love it.
    The right to fashion!

  166. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

    @Sam: i was saying it in a nice way. In the examples given by you it's a sign of tradition since it's being worn with traditional costumes. Otherwise, it's usualy worn by ladies from the countryside. and the word "ruralism" didn't have a critical meaning, it was just the reality :)

  167. Sam

    March 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    @Anonymous: I get your point. I must've interpreted it in a more critical and "decisive aginst" way if you understand what I mean :)

  168. Dani Brasil

    March 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I wish I could know how to do this with a scarf!!! Perfect.

  169. efathk

    March 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    so nice to grow old with grace….

  170. saM tK

    March 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I love the cream color, way classier than a pure white which exudes an elegance that probably runs deep within her…

  171. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I am 53 and live in Ohio.I saw this look plenty as a child in the 60's and the scarves often covered either beehive or very curly hairstyles.Love the look.

  172. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    What an amazing post and commentary.

  173. André

    March 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    What a brilliant shot!

    About the scarf I think it is (was?) very common around Europe back in the day…although here in Portugal you will see some elderly women wearing scarves like that…but they aren´t usually as stylish as this one. Perhaps because usually they are darker (black…brown…)

  174. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    This is very common for older people in my country, Serbia, especially when talking about rural areas, villages, etc.. It's also common a lot in the whole region, so you may see so in Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, etc..

  175. Anonymous

    March 26, 2011 at 6:59 am

    No but discussing the qualities of a scarf is EXACTLY what we need to be doing. Our points of reference are so small most of the time. This post offers inspiration, motivation and – most importantly – a reminder to maintain perspective.

  176. Ari

    March 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I couldn't agree more

    Ari Seth Cohen

  177. Anonymous

    March 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

    In Eastern Europe old women (especially at the countryside) wear scarfs rolled like this :)

  178. Fiamma

    March 27, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Actually it is really common between older italian woman. My grandmother used to wear one to go to church.

  179. Edit

    March 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Mi abuela holandesa, ha llevado las bufandas y los pañuelos, toda la vida, de ese modo. Viendo esta foto, la traigo a la memoria, hecha pura ternura.

  180. Anonymous

    March 27, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for the lovely portraits of elderly people who have personality, humour, grace, style, temperament and elegance. It is important for the young ones to know that life goes on after 50 60 70 and even 80 and more!!! Style is timeless and ageless. More beautiful old people please Scott.

    You know your blog is a favourite also for a 65-plus person like me.

  181. Judith Anna

    March 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you for noticing and sharing!
    Bisou Anna

  182. Anonymous

    March 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    My grandma used to wear her scarf like this (Dalmatia, Croatia). And beneath was the most beautiful shiny thick long hair. She was a beautiful woman. Thanks for reminding me of her.

    And do come to coastal Croatia to see our unique style. xx

  183. D. Hodge

    March 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I really love this photo. She's so incredibly confident and she proves that both scarves and simplicity are perennial.

  184. Anonymous

    March 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Deeply touching … your commentary/ eye are so sharp and of the moment – capturing the precious of what is and moving deeply into it …. living in the Now, enlightenment and enlightening! Thanks for sharing and seeing.

  185. fardu' de obraz

    March 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    you should my grandma living in the countryside :D 76…

  186. fardu' de obraz

    March 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    you should've seen my grandma!she's 76 year old and shes allways wearinf this :P

  187. Mads

    March 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    This is the one image on your blog that will not load, and the one that I am SO intrigued to see.
    If ANYONE can somehow link me to see this image, it would be so very much appreciated!

  188. manchester escorts

    March 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    She is sheer elegance and you are right when you say we can pick up inspiration from anywhere, especially the older generation.

  189. Anonymous

    March 29, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Scott you should go to Hungary. Every older woman is wearing her scarf like this. :)

  190. Lisa

    March 29, 2011 at 6:15 am

    You know, your photos are so amazing that you don't need words and often you don't add them. I think you have a great way with words and I love it when you add comments and provide an insight into what you saw and how it inspired you to take the photo. As you did for this shot.

  191. Siblings

    March 29, 2011 at 7:46 am

    i love how your imagination escapes you from this world and takes you to another world, another time.

  192. Anonymous

    March 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Yes yes yes!! Older women very usually inspire me too! Refreshing to see some women are still immune to the latest fashion trends and are still quite classy!!

  193. hazel lethaby

    March 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    She reminds me of Edie Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens. She took her alopecia and turned it into something beautiful.

  194. arlene

    March 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

    She looks as if she would fit perfectly in a Dutch painting – an updated Vermeer, perhaps…

  195. anniep

    March 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

    It's poetry!

  196. ivy lee

    March 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I'm very proud of you right now.

  197. Melanie

    April 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I would choke if I tried this look.


  198. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 1:04 am

    No, you haven't seen women wear scarfs like this!?…ahhh, mais non :). Travel to Romania, country side :) you'll see it everywhere.

  199. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you for showing this beautiful picture. Inspiration, beauty and style is timeless.

  200. amir

    April 29, 2011 at 2:55 am

    i like your point of view .

  201. elaine trouard

    August 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    LOVELY PHOTO! Elegant soul & elegant outfit. I have never seen a scarf tied this way. Everything about her says quality and good breeding, if there is such a thing anymore.

  202. Jennifer

    August 10, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Yes, I was thinking this trend, the use of the head scarf like this or tied at the back should come back. :)

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