How Not to Look Like a Human Marshmallow In the Winter: Scarves

Stay-puft-marshmallow-manI have a long, puffy winter coat.  It’s not the prettiest winter coat but it’s the one that keeps me  warmest in this Polar Vortex Winter.  The bulky silhouette of my coat is not flattering.   Without proper accessories, my winter coat makes me feel like Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. (Indeed, it’s much easier to find a fall coat with a flattering shape than it is a winter one. )  But the reality is:  We’re going to be featured in our winter coats in most pictures taken during the winter.  Thankfully, I’ve found a way to not look monotonous and marshmallow-y despite the limitations of winter coats.  Solution: Scarves!

2 Ways Scarves Work:

  1. Color:  Most people’s winter coats are black.  1656087_572933396124686_88134907_nMost winter gloves are black as anyone who’s ever left lost a pair of gloves knows.  Finally, most winter boots are black.  So when I’m wearing a black coat, a nice wool red scarf injects some life into my outfit.  A colorful scarf also adds some warmth to the face in close-up pictures.  By picking  a color different from my coat, I draw attention away from the unflattering silhouette and bring attention to my face.
  2. Prints:  Another way to inject life into an outfit is a patterned scarf.  photo-77As far as dresses, shirts, and pants go, I stay away from prints because they can be unflattering on Prednisone.  However, if the print is in an accessory like my scarf, I don’t have to worry about “The Prednisone Effect.”  (Real quick explanation of the Prednisone effect:  What you wear on a medium/high dosage of Prednisone–steroids used by millions of people for cancer, autoimmune, and other diseases–doesn’t always look the same in real life as it does in photographs.  So I once wore a lovely brown and white floral dress to a wedding.  But when I saw myself in pictures, I looked like a human Tootsie Roll!  I learned my lesson about prints from experiences like that.)

As an example, here are three scarves from my closet:


–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

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Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

2 thoughts on “How Not to Look Like a Human Marshmallow In the Winter: Scarves

  • February 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks so much, Abigail! Glad to have you as a new reader. Blessings, Jessica


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