Dame Judi proves the power of the scarf

Layering can lift many outfits from dull to dreamy.

Dame Judi’s scarf secrets

Dame Judi Dench does a lot of things well and always being well dressed is one of them. Fashion editor Rebecca O’Hearn shows how Dame Judi’s careful selection of one accessory takes her outfit to another level.


Truth be told we could dedicate pages and pages to Dame Judi Dench. While she is a pleasure to watch as an actress, it’s her effortless style that makes us sit up straight whenever she graces our screens. Coupled with her iconic pixie haircut, each look depicts a relaxed attitude with a natural flair for fashion. There is the air of someone who may enjoy fashion but doesn’t take it too seriously and would never sacrifice comfort. Sounds perfect to us!

Here, we take a look at how this dame wears her famous scarves with each outfit. Adding in layering to create volume, introducing a new texture or creating long lines is styling smarts and it seems Judi is quite the sartorial brainiac.

Re-wear. If you have a signature style, it pays to buy quality pieces and keep them for many incarnations over the years. A blue paisley scarf slung over one shoulder adds flattering long lines and points of interest. A statement such as a mustard patterned scarf brings an all-black look to life. And best of all there is certainly no time limit on these classic Judi looks.

Matching tones. If you’re after a more uniformed style, then add the same colour scarf to your outfit but be sure to introduce a new fabric. Avoid adding identical fabrics as it won’t add depth and just look bulky. If you’re confident in your accessorising, don’t be afraid to clash patterns either a la Dame Judi.

Lush velvets. Yes, there is such a thing as a formal scarf. Theses divine velvets are perfect for an evening out as they deliver an injection of luxury. The warm velvets also play an integral part in your glamorous look by actually keeping you warm! Evening outerwear can be tricky, so why not follow Dame Judi Dench’s lead and opt for an elegant velvet scarf worn as a cosy wrap.

Pop of colour. There will always be times when an all-black outfit seems like the best choice, however many of us feel it’s a bit harsh when framing the face. If you’re in that club with us, then a simple Dench-inspired scarf added to one shoulder is an easy fix. Pick a favourite colour, plain or patterned is fine, and then complement with lippie. Sorted!

Love your style Dame Judi Dench!

* All images via Pinterest.

Rebecca O’Hearn has had a long career as a fashion and beauty editor at Yours, Woman's Day and FHM magazines and has styled some of Australia's most famous faces. Her mission now is to help women of all ages feel confident that their wardrobe and beauty choices are the best they can be. Her website, smartcasualclassic.com, is packed with fashion, beauty and styling tips. This article first appeared on her website.

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    20th May 2020
    Go Judi Dench. I have collected two full drawers over the years of scarves of all kinds and wear most of them. Known to friends as "the scarf lady"
    20th May 2020
    I know the feeling ! They become a bit of a addiction lol . Yes love Judi Dench too
    20th May 2020
    I have a lot of scarfs, I just forget to wear them. But when I went on a cruise last year to Alaska I made a point of wearing different scarves so it looked like I had different clothes on every day, when in fact, was basically the same clothes but with different a different scarf.
    20th May 2020
    I love scarves and have 2 full drawers! I wonder if Judi uses a safety pin to keep it on her shoulder....I love that look.
    20th May 2020
    Does your fashion writer know the difference between “infamous” and “famous”? Apparently not.
    20th May 2020
    May I suggest that the writer looks up the meaning of "infamous?"
    One definition: well known for some bad quality or deed.
    A better word to describe her use of scarves would be preferable.
    Janelle Ward
    21st May 2020
    Thanks members! Will fix that.
    Pammy the original
    21st May 2020
    Speaking of infamous, did anyone notice Harvey Weinstein in one of the Judi Dench photos? I did like the one with Cate Blanchett though.
    21st May 2020
    Thank you Janelle.

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