No matter the decade, a simple stylish scarf accessory has never gone out of fashion. Be it a thin silk scarf or a thick wooly scarf, sporting an elegantly tied scarf isn’t as hard as it may seem. Check out these fashionable step-by-step scarf tying techniques that anyone can pull off.
Learn To Tie A Scarf The Easy Way: Traditional Scarf Tying Styles
Traditional scarf tying may make you think of icons like Grace Kelly or Jackie O. Both of whom really knew how to tie a classic silk scarf.
Silk scarves are great for upping your style factor. And though they’re not used for warmth, they can certainly keep your neck protected from a breeze.
Here are a couple of classic scarf tying techniques for an iconic Hollywood style.
The French Twist
A Parisienne classic neckerchief pairs beautifully with any ensemble. Try it with a shirt and skinny jeans or a stylish dress.
- Fold your silk scarf into a triangle fold
- Have it draped so the large point faces forward around your neck
- Cross the ends at the back of your neck and loop back around to the front
- Tie a double knot, and off-set the neck knot slightly to one side.
The choker gives you less bulk around your neck and more length in your scarf down the front.
- Fold silk scarf into a triangle
- Then fold scarf up completely into one long piece.
- Drape loosely around your neck, then wrap once completely around your neck
- Tie a knot in the scarf beneath your chin
- Off-set knot slightly to one side
- Let the long skinny ends hang loose
Fall Wardrobe Trends: Keep Your Neck Warm With Stylish Scarf Tying
With the changing season comes a change in temperature. And, though you may not need to “rug up” entirely against the elements yet, a good scarf can help to keep your neck warm.
But just bundling a scarf around your neck is boring. Let’s add some style.
The Bunny Ear
- Take a warm scarf and drape it over your shoulders
- Then pull it so that one end is much longer than the other
- Now loop that longer end around your neck twice
- Take the end that you looped around your neck and pull through the second loop
- Try tying a knot using both ends of the scarf and off-set it slightly to one side
- Now pull those loops forward so that they hide the knot but you can still see the long hanging “bunny ear” pieces.
The Blanket Scarf
A popular warm scarf that many people own today is a blanket scarf. Rather than being a long, skinny scarf, it’s oversized and usually in the shape of a square. So how can you wear one with style? Here’s how.
- Simply gather your square scarf together to make it long and thin, momentarily
- Drape it around your neck
- Pull it so that one end is longer than the other
- Wrap the longer end around your neck once, leaving a nice thick loop of the scarf at the front. You can fan this out any way that you please.
- Bring that longer end through the loop in front to hold it in place
This may sound super basic but it’s a classic and also perfect for a blanket scarf.
One step: Loosely drape the scarf over your shoulders and let it hang.
More Ways To Wear A Scarf
Styling your wardrobe with a scarf isn’t limited to neck wrapping. Here are a few other perfectly stylish ideas…
The Head Scarf
There are many, many ways you can tie a scarf around your head, but here are just a couple.
1. The Rosette
- Take a large square silk scarf and fold into a large triangle
- Place the folded edge of the scarf to your forehead
- Gather all the loose ends and bring them to one side of your head
- Twist these pieces together tightly
- Then wrap twist into a bun (like you’d do with your hair) on one side of your head
- Secure by feeding the loose end through the bun (rosette)
2. The Grace Kelly
- Take a large silk scarf and fold into a triangle
- Place the folded side up a little on the top of your head, without being too low over your forehead.
- You’ll want some of your hair to still show.
- Cross the long ends under your chin, bring the ends to the back of your neck.
- Tie knot of your scarf off-center toward one of your ears
- Throw on some big sunglasses and a swipe of red lipstick and you’re ready for your close-up
The Wrist Wrap
- Fold a scarf diagonally into a triangle, then roll into your desired width
- Wrap twice around your wrist – either in one spot or create more length up to your wrist.
- Tie a knot to secure
The Belted Scarf
This can look really great with a pair of jeans, or add some extra style to a dress, or shirt and skirt ensemble.
For jeans: simply fold your scarf into a long band and thread through your belt loops. Then knot off-center at the front.
To sass up a dress or skirt: fold a scarf to your desired belt thickness and wrap around your waist. Either tie your scarf knot off-center and let the ends hang, or tie a large bow.
Make A Fashion Impact And Tie A Scarf This Season
The beauty of wearing scarves is that they come in so many colors, textures, and prints. You can spice up your look by throwing, say, a colorful printed scarf onto a monochromatic outfit.
And scarves aren’t just for women. How about a scarf for men this season? Men look fantastic, and ultra-stylish, with a scarf. Drape a warm woolen blanket scarf loosely around your neck and pair with a leather jacket. Or knot a bandana-style scarf with a classic white tee.
So, why not wrap a scarf this season? It’s far cheaper than getting a whole new wardrobe and you can mix it up differently every day.