10 Ways to Style a Scarf: From Classic to Trendy

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Scarves are a versatile fashion accessory. They’ve become widely popular for this very reason, and people love to find new, exciting ways to wear a favorite scarf. As you’ll see below, there are a variety of techniques you can use to style a scarf, from simple knots and loops around your neck to work it into a knotted ponytail.

1. Simple Drape

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The simplest way to wear a scarf is a simple drape. This is an easy way to dress up an outfit, add some color, or add layers. With this method, all you have to do is take the scarf, and let it rest on your neck, pulled evenly on each side.

2. Front Tie

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After the simple drape, a single front tie is probably the most popular way to wear a tie. To wear a scarf this way, drape it around your neck like you would for a simple drape. Then, cross and tie the two ends in the center of your body and adjust the scarf so one side is layered over the other.

3. The Braid

You can try this braid if you’re looking for a slightly more stylish and elaborate way to wear your scarf. To do it, fold the scarf in half around your neck. Then, pull the loose ends of the scarf through the loop, twist the loop, and repeat the pull-through. Continue twisting and pulling until you run out of length for the process.

4. Loop Through

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Looking for something that keeps your neck warm and looks cute? Try this simple loop-through method with your scarf! To do this, take your scarf, fold it in half, and drape it around your neck. Then, pull both ends through the loop. It’s that simple!

5. Flyaway Vest

No rule says scarves have to go around your neck. In fact, many people style them into vests or shawls as well. One of the easiest options is this simple flyaway vest, which looks cute and adds to any outfit.

To style your scarf into a vest: Fold the scarf in half. Then, tie one of the folded corners into one of the end corners. Once you do that, you have a simple racerback vest.

6. Braided Into Hair

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If you don’t want to wear your scarf around your neck because it’s a warm day, but you still want a pop of color, you can always throw the scarf into a braid. To do this, you’d simply work the scarf like it’s a third section of hair and braid it as normal.

7. Figure Eight

Part of the fun with scarves is that you can do anything you want with them, like this adorable figure eight design. To do it, fold the scarf in half. Drape the scarf around your neck, then feed the top end of your scarf through the loop you created. Twist the loop, create a second hole, and feed the bottom through that second hole you created. Once you’re done, adjust as needed for comfort or looks.

8. Hidden Knot

If you don’t like the look of knots just hanging out, then this is the way you want to style your scarf. To do this, simply loop a scarf around your neck and make a half knot with the long ends. Then, pull the fabric of the neck down over the half knot.

9. Knotted Necklace

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Scarves can also work well as necklaces if you want. To make a simple knotted necklace with your scarf, place the scarf (preferably a silk one) around your neck. Tie a knot on one side followed by the other. Pick up the loose ends and tie them together. Turn the scarf around so the ends are at that back, and the knots are in the front.

10. Knotted Shawl

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Like the vest, you can create a simple knotted shawl with scarves as well. To do this, place the scarf around your shoulders and make a half knot across your back with the ends of the scarf. Then, pull the ends of the scarf high and tight on your back and tug the fabric down to cover the ends.

Scarves Aren’t The Only Fashion Accessory You Need

As you can tell, there are many ways to style a scarf. However, scarves aren’t the only fashion accessory you can work into a cute outfit. You can also find adorable, yet cheap jewelry or add the perfect handbag into the mix. With all of these pieces to mix and match, you can easily create a style that is entirely your own.

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Megan Glosson

Megan Glosson is a passionate writer based in Nashville, TN. She enjoys writing about topics related to health, wellness, and everyday life, especially when the topic has a personal connection to her own life. Megan is currently published on over a dozen websites, including YourTango, Feel & Thrive, Moms.com, and The Mighty. Megan also serves as a content editor for Unwritten, a digital publication focused on millennial lifestyles.