Several folks asked for help on creative ways to wear scarves. They can be tricky little beasties, can’t they? One poorly executed knot and you look like your gran. But once you’ve befriended the scarf, you’ll see that it’s one of the most versatile, fun, expressive accessories available.
Although I do play around with simple knots a lot, I utilize scarves for more than just neck adornment. Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear scarves:
This works well with just about any ensemble. Just let half of the scarf drape in front of you, and cast the other half over your shoulder. If it slips and slides around a lot, secure with a brooch like so:
Scarves make FANTASTIC belting elements, especially if you’re squishy in the middle. Where a stiff, leather belt will cut into your torso, a slinky scarf will conform to your curves. Try this over fitted cardigans and blazers, button-down shirts, dresses, even close-fitting crew-, turtle-, and v-neck sweaters.
Unless you are a pixie, this look will also require a larger, longer scarf. Especially if you want to have some dangly end bits. But you can also try using a smaller rectangle or square, and knotting it in the back for an obi-esque effect, like so:
There are so many beautiful, graceful ways to knot neckerchiefs, but I really do love the look of a giant bow, nestled just under the chin. It’s the easiest scarf tie imaginable, and is at once sassy and classic. Even if it does look like you’ve gift-wrapped your head.
This looks considerably less superhero-esque in person, and is a striking, modern way to style your scarf. Again, you’ll need a fairly large one to pull this off. Place the center of the scarf at the front of your neck, and just hurl its ends backwards over your shoulders. Drape one side a bit to the front, and tuck the other side behind you. Looks fabulous with dresses, but a little goofy with pants. And, overall, works best with outfits that have some daring, deconstructed, or dramatic elements.
This is like pie. Because it’s SO EASY. Ya know, like pie is easy. Take any rectangular scarf, loop it around your neck, and yank the ends so that one side dangles a bit longer than the other. Be done.
Are you a scarf fanatic? How do YOU like to wear your scarves?