Eight Ways to Style a Scarf

A beautiful scarf is the perfect accessory for any outfit, but you may only know a few ways to tie one. Molly Borter, a content writer for Scarves.net, the largest online specialty scarf store, encourages people to experiment with new looks that go beyond the basic knot or the simple loop.

This simple way to style a scarf is perfect for light weight rectangular scarves

Start with the scarf around the back of your neck with both ends hanging down. Loop one end around the other twice and then bring it up through the bottom of the neck loop and over the knot that has been created. Spread the top end over the bottom end to create the ascot. “I love to do this knot with scarves that have some metallic in them so it shows off the knot.

Four in Hand

Take a long rectangular scarf and fold it in half and place it around your neck so that one end is a loop and the other end is the two ends. Take one of the two ends of the scarf and bring it through the loop. Twist the loop itself so it creates another loop and bring the second end of the scarf through that loop. This look is perfect for a pashmina-style scarf, and it’s an easy way to make a fancy-looking knot. “I teach all my family and friends this one,” Borter says.

Infinity Shrug

Infinity scarves have become very stylish in the last few years, and you might think the only way to wear it is as a double or triple loop around your neck. But you can easily turn that infinity scarf into a makeshift shrug by holding the scarf behind your back and bringing your arms through each loop. This style is great with a sleeveless dress or for a wedding because it covers your shoulders. “It’s very versatile.

Fancy Braid

Take a long lightweight scarf and tie a knot adjusting the loop around your neck so that it is about the size of the finished look. Take the right end of the scarf and bring it over the left end of the scarf at the knot, then bring it through the bottom of the neck loop and over to the front. Take the left end of the scarf and bring it over the right end of the scarf, and repeat as before. Repeat until you’ve run out of material and tie to finish. Stretch out the braid to show off this pretty look.

Muffler

This look is stylish and it keeps your neck and chest extra warm by trapping air inside its natural ripples. Fold a square scarf in half on the diagonal to create a triangle. Bring the folded edge to the front of your neck and tie the ends around the back of your neck. You can keep the ends hanging behind you, or bring them to the front and hide them underneath the muffler. This is a really pretty way to show off a scarf, especially if it has tassels at the end.

Double Wrap French Knot

Take a square silk scarf and fold it into a long thin rectangle that is the width that you want to cover your neck. Place the scarf around the front of your neck and pass two ends of the scarf behind your neck and bring them to the front. Tie a knot on one side of your neck and adjust the ends until you feel like Audrey Hepburn. “This is very French inspired.

Chain Knot

Take a rectangular scarf and hang it around the back of your neck. Twist the two ends twice close to your neck, bring the ends behind your neck and tie them. The look is great for clothes that have a deeper neckline, Borter says. “Gorgeous necklines need to be shown off, so the fact that the chain knot ties at the back of your neck, allows for you to still accessorize with a scarf without covering up your outfit.

Knot Row

Place the scarf around the back of your neck leaving both ends hanging down the front. Tie the scarf into a few knots down the front of your body, making sure they are of similar size and evenly spaced. This is a great look for the warmer months because it isn’t too bulky and it can easily dress up a plain T-shirt or blouse, Borter says. “I love how you can add more knots down the row for a more dramatic feel.