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Discover how to tie a scarf

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Discover how to tie a scarf

Scarf: Top 16 ways to wear it

Scarves are, along with bandanas my favorite fashion accessories. They are so versatile and go with every style and outfit.

Scarves are the wardrobe staple that spice up neutral or somewhat bland outfits, add a fashionable touch to jeans and jackets, and frame our faces in flattering colors (no lipstick needed). You don't have to be a fashion stylist to wear it well.

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But then how to tie a scarf? That's another story! We have gathered for you 16 of our favorite methods and different scarf tying ideas that you can try.

Just read this article to learn how to tie each one like a pro.

This makes scarves an ever-practical fashion accessory to have on hand, for those days when you can't wear more than the most basic outfit. You can up your style game by tying these scarves in unique ways... 

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All you need is a large square or rectangular scarf to create these 16 different looks. You'll find scarves and wraps in a variety of sizes in the photos, but you only need one scarf to do the majority of these styles.

Obviously, a shorter scarf is best for tie styles and basic knots, while a longer scarf is best for more complicated knots.

1. The Chaperon

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Place your scarf around your neck so that one end is much shorter than the other. Wrap the long end around your neck twice, then tuck the loose ends in. If you're using a scarf with bangs, adjust it so that some of the bangs hang down in front of you.

2. Bohemian Style Scarf

bohemian style scarf

Place the scarf on your head and tuck one end behind your shoulder. Let the other end hang in front, you can also tie a knot as you prefer.

3. The shawl

women's shawl scarf

The easiest way to wear a scarf! Just wrap it around your shoulders and let it hang on each side in front.

4. The braid

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Fold the scarf in half and place it around your neck. Take the loose ends of the scarf and pull them through the loop, making sure not to over tighten. Then turn the loop and pull the loose ends through again. Continue to turn the loop with one hand and pull the ends until you have no scarf left.

5. Knotted Necklace

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Take a lightweight scarf (silk is great for this one!) and place it around your neck. Tie a knot on one side and then the other. Gather the loose ends and tie them together. Turn the scarf over so that the ends are in the back and the knots are in the front.

6. Classic Loop

Classic Loop

This is a classic because it's so easy and so beautiful! Fold the scarf in half. Put it behind your neck and bring both ends forward. Pull the loose ends through the loop.


7. Double Bandana

double bandana scarf

Fold a long scarf in half lengthwise. Grab the diagonal ends and knot them together. Put it on your neck, then twist it and make a new loop.

8. Faux knot

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Wrap the scarf around your neck. Take one end and wrap it around your hand. Pull it through to make a loose knot. Take the other end and pull it through the side knot, under the loop of the knot, and then over.

9. The French knot

The French knot

I discovered this French twist last winter and I still love it! Simply fold the scarf in half and put it around your shoulders. Take a loose end and pull it over and under the scarf loop. Take the second end and go under and over the same loop.

10. Around the neck Hidden knot

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Wrap a long scarf around your neck. Make a half knot with the long ends, near your neck. Pull the fabric of the neck loop down over the half knot.

11. Around the neck: Single knot

women's scarf around the neck

Take a small scarf and wrap it around your neck twice, so that the ends meet at one shoulder. Tie the ends together once and toss one end over your back while the other stays forward.

12. Spiral collar

Spiral collar

Twist the scarf before wrapping it around your neck. You can wrap it tightly to look like a turtleneck or leave it loose for a more relaxed look.

13. Twist around the neck

women's twist scarf

Take your favorite scarf. Wrap it once around your neck, tie a simple knot and twist the fabric so you can see both ends.

14. Single side knot

Wrap the scarf around your neck and cross one side over the other. With your right hand, make a loop with one end of the scarf. Wrap the left side around the loop and pull it down through the hole, almost as if you were tying your shoelaces. Tighten the knot and turn the scarf so that the knot rests on your shoulder.

15. The scarf loop

women's scarf loop

I love wearing this knot under a blazer or jacket because it looks like a man's tie, but with a feminine touch. Wrap the scarf around your neck, so the ends are even in front.

Pull the left side over the right, then bring it behind and through the hole around your neck. Take the right end, pull it to the left and push it up through the loop you just created. Adjust the knot until it is like a loose man's tie.

16. Turtleneck

Place the scarf around your neck evenly. Wrap one end of the scarf around your neck, then repeat with the other end (the ends should hang slightly down to your chest). Tuck the loose ends inside the scarf.

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That's it! We hope you enjoyed the article and got some ideas of styles to try.

When choosing a scarf, start by buying a soft scarf. They have a more contemporary feel than the "designer" printed squares we craved in the 80s.

Choose a blend of natural fibers like cotton, silk or cashmere, synthetic fibers like rayon or modal (derived from wood pulp), or synthetic fibers like acrylic or polyester. This allows the scarf to drape and resist wrinkling. Go for lightweight blends for seasonless indoor-outdoor versatility. Then choose your quick fix.

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