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How to Wear Fashion Scarves

Updated on March 09, 2017

I have lots of them and you probably do too. You’ve received them as gifts and picked up a few on sale over the years. They’re in your dresser drawer or hanging around your closet just waiting to see the light of day. They come in a rainbow of colors, wide and narrow widths, and a variety of fabric types. You can wear them year round. What are they? Fashion scarves!

You see women wearing them, looking effortlessly chic. Problem is, you just can’t figure out how to properly wear a fashion scarf. It’s time to bring them out and jump on the fashion scarf bandwagon. Here are a few tips to help you rock the style.

On the Hip

If you have long and wide rectangular scarves, like me and are tired wearing them as shawls, have I got an idea for you! You can wear them as a hip scarf. Hip scarves can make an otherwise plain outfit look like you just stepped off the runway in Paris.

This look is great over skinny jeans, leggings or a body hugging dress or skirt. Keep your clothing colors neutral and add dramatic color with your hip scarf. Add a pair of ballerina flats and you’re ready for anything!

Wrap the scarf around your hips.
Wrap the scarf around your hips. | Source

Sarong-Style Hip Scarf


1. Open up your scarf and wrap it around one hip and your rear. The ends should meet on the opposite hip.


Tie the scarf to the side to create the sarong!
Tie the scarf to the side to create the sarong! | Source


2. Tie the ends on your other hip with a basic single, square or double knot, depending on the - fabric thickness. Let the tails fall toward the floor.


Fold the scarf into a triangle.
Fold the scarf into a triangle. | Source

Triangle Hip Scarf


1. Open your rectangle scarf and fold it in half lengthwise.


2. Bring the two opposite corners together to form a triangle.

Double knot the scarf to secure at the hip for a versatile hip scarf for any outfit!
Double knot the scarf to secure at the hip for a versatile hip scarf for any outfit! | Source




2. Place the triangle over one hip and tie at the other hip. Use a double knot to secure.





Around the Neck

There are numerous benefits to wearing a fashion scarf around your neck. A nubby scarf can add texture to a plain outfit and a silk scarf can dress up an otherwise plain suit.

Use scarves to keep up with constantly changing trends. A scarf is much cheaper than an entire outfit. Are bright florals, animal prints or metallics in? Pick up a scarf in your favorite trend, wrap it around your neck and you’ve instantly transformed an ordinary outfit into the latest fashion statement!

Fold the scarf into a triangle.
Fold the scarf into a triangle. | Source

Muffler Neck Scarf


1. Open your rectangle scarf and fold it in half lengthwise.


2. Bring the two opposite corners together to form a triangle.

Bring the ends to the back of your neck.
Bring the ends to the back of your neck. | Source




3. Take two points of the triangle and drape them over your shoulders toward your back, with the third point centered over your chest.



A perfect muffler scarf!
A perfect muffler scarf! | Source




3. Tie the two points behind your neck with a simple knot. Adjust the folds in the front and you’re done!




Fold your scarf and place it behind your neck.
Fold your scarf and place it behind your neck. | Source

Four-in-Hand Neck Scarf



1. Fold your rectangle scarf in half and place it on your shoulders around the back of your neck.


Insert one end of the scarf through the loop.
Insert one end of the scarf through the loop. | Source




2. Create a loop out of the folded end. Take one of the loose ends and pull it through the loop.


Insert the other scarf end through the twisted loop.
Insert the other scarf end through the twisted loop. | Source



3. Take the loop and twist it.


4. Take the other loose end and pull it through the loop.


Voila! A beautiful scarf for any outfit!
Voila! A beautiful scarf for any outfit! | Source




5. Adjust the scarf. It should lie flat against your body.





Other Neck Scarf Options

Don’t overlook the skinny scarf. Knot the ends and wrap it around your neck one time and let the ends hang down each side in the front. You can also tie them obi-style around your waist as a belt. You can also use them as a headband or tied as a head wrap for those bad hair days!

Silk and satin scarves of any size can be used to add color and softness to your wardrobe essentials. Use a square scarf folded into a triangle and tie it on the side. Wear it with a crisp white shirt and blue jeans for a weekend outing. A long silk scarf can be fashioned into a large bow to brighten up a business suit. A dramatic long scarf can be draped loosely around the neck to spice up your evening wear.

Additional Scarf Wearing Tips

Go to your favorite department store and ask the accessories associate to advise you on fun scarf wearing ideas – it won’t hurt to buy a new scarf while you’re at it!

Get your older scarves out of hiding and spend an afternoon trying them with different outfits. You can also take the time to practice your scarf tying skills. This will make it easier to pull together a cool look at a moment’s notice!

© 2012 lindacee

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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I love this and yes I have dozens! I have collected them over the years because I do love them so. Now I have done that around the hips one with an outfit I just have to wear but it fits me a little tight...that hides it!

      Voted up, great hub idea!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      So glad you liked this Hub, Jackie. I enjoy hearing from you! The hip scarf is a wonderful idea, isn't it? I have the same issue with a few dresses and skirts. The hip scarf makes everything look great! Thanks for the votes and visit!

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      krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

      This is really cool! I am such a jeans and t-shirt girl and I own tons of scarves mostly because I'm living vicariously through the thought of wearing them :) - now I can actually put one on! Thanks for the help!

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      Evans4life 4 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestions. I have scarves I've never worn or even thought about wearing. These ideas may put some pizzaz in wardrobe. I love clothes but never have been a big scarf person. Voted up!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      krsharp, happy I could help! I don't know why wearing scarves is so daunting. Maybe it's because I didn't want to go out of the house wearing one the "wrong" way. Now we wear out scarves with confidence!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Evans4life, I have "liberated" my scarves from the bottom of the dresser drawer and intend on wearing them on a regular basis! You're right, they are the perfect accessory to jazz up an existing wardrobe. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Jenny Jones UK 4 years ago from London, UK

      I think there must be many of us who acquire scarves somehow but can't quite feel 'at home' wearing them: thanks for the ideas and encouragement!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      You are quite welcome, Jenny! I didn't realize that there were so many of us in the same boat. I'm so pleased to get these tips out there! :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Just when I thought I knew all the variations out there... thanks for the cool configurations!

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      When I lived in Italy I became a bit obsessed with scarves :) I couldn't help it, they were so beautiful and soft and went with everything all year around over there! Wish I would have had this hub then. Excellent information!!! Voted up and shared!

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      This is fantastic! I never really know what to do with scarves, but they are so pretty and we can really use them in the cold weather here! This is great!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Simone, I was the same before researching this article. I love learning new things while writing my Hubs. You're welcome!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      CassyLu, oh yes, the silk scarves from Italy are to die for! Hopefully you still have a good supply on hand to try out these fun scarf ideas! Thanks for the vote and share! :)

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Leah, glad to hear you'll be trying these scarf ideas for the winter months. It is funny, but here in hot Vegas, you see people wearing fashion scarves even in the extreme heat of the summer. Think I'll wait 'til the weather cools down as well! Thanks for your comment!

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Cute! I actually have only two scarves in my closet. lol I have never been big on scarves, I guess. After reading this, however, I think I want to wear scarves more often. Thanks for the lovely tips :)

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Om, the good news is fashion scarves are plentiful and you can find inexpensive ones in every color and pattern. It may be time to go out and pick up a few more! You're welcome, and thanks for commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting this hub on scarves. I have a good selection sitting in my closet but have not used them in awhile. I am going to try some of these this week when I venture out.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      I'm glad this Hub inspired you, teaches! Enjoy your scarves!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I rarely wear scarves as I never know what to do with them. I like all these ideas and they do add a lot of pizzazz to an outfit. They are also easy to make if you are handy with a sewing machine. What fun to make scarves to go with older outfits to perk them up. There a re lots of inexpensive scarves at TJ Max and Marshalls. Thanks for the hub. Thumbs UP

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      carol7777, what a great idea to make your own scarves! And yes, there are many great affordable sources out there for fashion scarves. So there's really no excuse not to be wearing them! :) Thank you so much for the comment and the vote!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 4 years ago from NYC BABY

      Awesome hub with awesome pictures! I love my scarves but I really don't wear them often, I will definitely follow your tips! Thanks for sharing!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      EuroNinila, so happy to help another fashion scarf-wearer in the making. Didn't know there were so many of us out there! Thank you for the compliments and comment!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love this hub.. I have scarves and i never know what to do with them thank you for a wonderful hub

      debbie

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Debbie you are so welcome! Scarves are such great accessories, but they don't come with an instruction book! ;) Glad this Hub was of help!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at classic ways to wear this fashion staple. In the south we pretty much only wear scarves fall and winter, and I always look forward to being able to this time of year. In recent years I've begun making them and I'm enjoying thinking through some new ideas for doing so because there are so many styles to choose from now. Apparently, anything goes when designing them, and that can be loads of fun!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Thanks, RTalloni, for reading my Hub about wearing scarves. Sounds like you've got that down. Wow, you make your own scarves. How fun that you can create designs based on your personal taste and whims!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Linda, this is a very useful and handy hub about how to wear fashionable scarves to your outfit. Voted up!

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      lindacee 20 months ago from Southern Arizona

      Kristen, it was a fun one to write and document. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome.

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