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How To Wear Scarves: A Guide on How To Tie A Scarf

Updated on January 16, 2016
Different ways to use a scarf
Different ways to use a scarf

Scarves Are Versatile Accessories

A scarf can be one of the most versatile accessories in your closet. It can keep your neck, and shoulders warm. It can double up as a cute handbag, and can even be used as a beach tank-top or a warm cozy! It's all about tying it correctly, in this article I'm going to show you the many ways you can transform your scarf into a chic accessory by learning how to tie the scarf and experimenting with different types of knots.

A Simple Neck Wrap from a Square Scarf
A Simple Neck Wrap from a Square Scarf | Source

Neck Wrap

A neck wrap will not only do what its name implies (keep your neck warm), but it is also one of the simple and ironically, the most chic of ways to wear a scarf. This is the basic use for any square scarf, but a square scarf, as well as a large pashmina, can also be used to create a handbag (see below).

  1. Fold your square scarf in a triangle.
  2. Let the pointed edge hang on your chest
  3. Tie the 2 long ends behind your neck.
  4. Adjust the under part of the scarf to make it appear “voluminous”
  5. Tighten as needed to create different lengths.

Tying a handbag out of a scarf
Tying a handbag out of a scarf | Source

Scarf Handbag

  1. Lay your scarf on a flat surface spread out.
  2. Put a magazine in the middle of the scarf (or something else relatively flat and hard), to give the handbag a sturdy base.
  3. Take the opposite diagonal ends of the scarf and tie them together.
  4. Take the 2 remaining ends of the scarf and tie them together over the other 2 ends.
  5. Make sure the knots are tight, and voila! A scarf transformed into a bag!

The hollywood Knot
The hollywood Knot | Source

The Classic Hollywood Knot

  1. Put the scarf around your neck and let one end hang lower than the other.
  2. Put the long end over the short end
  3. Wrap the long end under the little triangle that forms between your neck and the scarf.
  4. Pull the 2 ends in opposite directions
  5. Loop the long end under the little triangle again, underneath everything.
  6. Now tighten the knot that forms
  7. Spread out the top part of the scarf to give it volume.

More Creative Ways to Tie a Scarf

Pashminas are warm and cozy and can be used as a wrap to keep you warm.
Pashminas are warm and cozy and can be used as a wrap to keep you warm. | Source

The Shawl Wrap

  1. Take a pashmina or a large square scarf.
  2. If you are using a pashmina, drape it around your back and tie it in the front at your chest.
  3. If you are using a square scarf wrap it in half first and then drape it around your back
  4. Add a pretty broach where you tie the 2 ends in the front to complete the look.

Tank Top From the Back
Tank Top From the Back

Tank-Top Scarf

  1. Take a large square scarf.
  2. Fold it into a triangle
  3. Wrap it from the front to the back with the pointed side down.
  4. Tie the ends of the scarf in the back where your shoulder blades are.
  5. Double knot the scarf or secure with a safety pin (to avoid embarrassing accidents).

The European Loop

  1. Fold the scarf in half so that the ends meet.
  2. Wrap the scarf around your neck
  3. Loop the 2 ends of the scarf through the loop that forms.
  4. Tighten the ends and adjust the scarf.

The European Loop

The European Loop Knot
The European Loop Knot


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  • Londonlady profile imageAUTHOR

    Laura Writes 

    8 years ago

    That's a really good question! The way I did it was by taking some old plastic rings that used to hold up a shower curtain and I stuck a few scarves through each hook, linked them together and then hanged them off a shelf in my closet. When I need to take one out I just pull it out from the ring. I've also been told that in boxes is a good way to keep them, so the dust doesn't settle on them if you happen to not wear them for a long time.

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    8 years ago

    How do you store scarfs?

  • Ingenira profile image


    8 years ago

    I love scarfs too, and often looking for ideas to wear them. Thanks a bunch for this hub! Voted up and useful.

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    8 years ago

    Cool, I knew 2 of these

  • IreneMarieW profile image


    9 years ago

    This was a fun hub. I can't wait to try these out.

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    9 years ago

    I love scarfs too. Great hub and couldn't agree more with you.


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