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It’s finally October - can I get an amen? Bloggers and college fashionistas alike are rejoicing now that we can finally break out our fall wardrobes. Say hello to sweaters, jackets, and boots galore!
One of the most iconic fall accessories is none other than the scarf. Scarves areincredibly versatile and can be styled countless ways to take your outfit to the next level. After spending some time in Europe and observing all the effortlessly chic women accessorizing with scarves, I became fascinated by the various ways you can tie scarves to complement particular outfits.
I’ve decided to share my scarf wrapping expertise with you by providing instructions for five stylish ways to wear scarves, as well as some outfit ideas that complement each method.
If you’re interested in more ideas, I recommend this video by Anne Le of Anne or Shine. Also, check out the College Fashion archives for a wonderful post on fashion blogger inspired ways to tie scarves!
1. Double Loop
The double loop is a fairly simple and versatile way to style a scarf. It looks good with almost any kind of outfit: a blouse and jeans (as shown above), a dress, or even a plain t-shirt.
- Fold the scarf in half with one hand in the loop you’ve created and the other hand holding the ends together.
- Place the middle of the folded scarf at the back of your neck and wrap the ends to your front.
- Pull the two ends of the scarf through the loop you created.
- Tighten around your neck and adjust as needed.
Thank goodness for the infinity scarf! This type of scarf is the easiest of all to style. In fact, it’s so self-explanatory that you really don’t even need instructions. Nonetheless, I'll break it down below.
- Insert your head through the scarf. You can stop at this step if your scarf isn’t very long or if you want the scarf to hang long over the front of your body.
- Create a figure eight with the scarf in front of your body and pull the lower loop up and over your head.
- Repeat this last step as many times as you desire or the scarf length allows.
Pro tip: If your scarf isn’t an infinity scarf but you want to wear it that way, simply tie the corners of the scarf or fringe together with small knots to create a temporary infinity scarf. If you know how to sew, you can also try sewing the ends together for a more permanent look.
3. Classic Wrap
This is probably the most classic way to wear a scarf, but it is also incredibly timeless. This is ideal for medium length scarves, because it keeps your neck warm while still showcasing the scarf pattern beautifully.
- Drape the scarf around your neck so that the ends are of equal length on either side of your body.
- Wrap each end around the opposite side of your neck and across the shoulders.
- Wind the scarf around the back of the neck, then wrap it back around your shoulders so the ends are in front of your body again.
- Fluff the loops around your neck to give them a little volume.
4. Braided Knot
Similar to the double loop, the braided knot requires a few extra steps, but creates a more intricate woven look that will channel your inner Parisian. Once you get the hang of it (try practicing in front of the mirror if you have trouble) it'll take you no time at all.
- Fold the scarf in half longways and loop it around your neck, letting both ends hang in front of you.
- Take the loop in front of you and cross it over to create a figure eight loop.
- Take one end of the scarf and pass it through the top of the figure eight loop you’ve created.
- Take the other end of the scarf and pass it through the bottom of the figure eight loop you’ve created.
- Tighten and adjust the braid as needed or fluff it up to create more volume.
5. Sophisticated Wrap
I think this is one of the most sophisticated ways to wear a scarf. It’s also perfect if the weather is chilly and you’ve forgotten to bring a jacket. This look works best with long, wide scarves.
- Place the scarf around your back with the ends around your shoulders.
- Leave one end hanging and wrap the other around your back over the opposite shoulder.
- Secure the scarf using a pin in the back to keep you warm and cozy all day long.
What do you think of these suggestions for styling scarves? How do you like to wear scarves? Sound off in the comments, I'd love to hear what you all have to say!