Scarves for Women: How to Wear and Tie a Scarf
Always in Fashion
All seasons are appropriate for the wearing of scarves, depending on the material they are made of. Filmy, silk or lacy scarves are just right for a spring and summer accessory, while knitted or cashmere scarves accent a fall or winter outfit nicely. Whatever the season, there are a number of ways to wear scarves. The neck is the most common place to see a woman wearing a scarf in America, but read on for more fashion ideas using scarves!
Scarves have been worn in a wide variety of forms and styles for as long as human beings have worn clothing. It is an accessory that cuts across all cultures and time periods in history. Sometimes the scarf has been central to a culture, such as the Muslim tradition of head scarves or the scarf worn as a turban or head wrap in many African societies.
But even in western countries, the scarf has a long and varied history. Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance eras wore elaborate scarves as head dresses, for example, often fashioned into a kind of hood. They have been used as shawls and drapes for centuries. And, of course, people the world over have worn scarves around the neck for warmth for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
The appeal of the scarf hasn't faded. As described in the handy book by S Denise Hoyle, "Creatively used, the scarf can provide many changes of look for your wardrobe and can even be used to flatter your figure or draw attention away from any figure faults you may have." 101 Ways to Tie a Scarf
How to Tie a Head Scarf
A Year Round Accessory
Since women's scarves come in all sorts of materials, they are the perfect year-round accent to both casual and dressy outfits. A soft cashmere scarf is a delight to wear in the colder months, or buy a cashmere blend if pure cashmere is beyond your budget.
Hand-made scarves are in fashion as well, knitted or crocheted in a bulky Irish knit or a lacy, loose stitch. In recent years, the skinny scarf has been popular, especially among the younger crowd. The long ends of these scarves make them very versatile in terms of draping and wrapping styles. It is surprisingly easy to knit or crochet your own scarf, even if you have no hand-crafting experience (the book above gives ideas for easy ones, or try youtube for simple instructions).
For warmer months, a silk scarf, chiffon or semi-shear synthetic material works well to create a filmy, soft look.
Lots of Different Ways to Tie a Scarf
Experiment with Tying Styles
A nice scarf can be a beautiful accent to a winter coat or jacket. Wrap it around like a cowl, or let the ends dangle, tucked inside or outside of the jacket.
At work, a scarf is a great career wear accessory. Tie a silk scarf in a bow-tie fashion around the neck or wrap and scrunch a cotton blend scarf with fringes, European style, with the ends tucked in. There are endless ways to tie a neck scarf. You may even devise a style of your own.
Be sure to keep a collection of scarves in different materials and shapes and sizes, from the square to the oblong to the extra-large rectangle scarf. Buy these in a variety of colors and patterns and you'll have a fabulous means of accenting any outfit, be it casual, business or dressy. You can often find very inexpensive scarves at thrift stores or consignment shops to save your budget.
As for storing your collection of scarves, you can either keep them folded in a pile on a shelf or in a stack-able bin, or you can use a scarf hanger, which is the same as a tie hanger with a u-shaped holder that will accommodate up to a dozen or more scarves, depending on their thickness. The scarf hanger has the advantage of not leaving fold lines in the scarf.
Uses for Different Scarf Sizes and Shapes
Other Fun Fashion Uses
Don't limit your scarf use to just around your neck, though! Scarves can be worn on the head, like a turban or in a multitude of wrap styles as well as folded softly over the head with the ends flowing over the shoulders, as in the Muslim tradition.
Try using a pretty scarf as a hair tie, either to hold a ponytail or to wrap around a bun or up-do.
Scarves can even be worn as belts! Try draping a long scarf with fringes around the hip area, slung low over a pair of skinny jeans or yoga pants. It can be a very slimming look!
You can wear a large, rectangle scarf as a shawl or cape. Large scarves, sometimes called sarongs, can also be worn as halter tops, dresses, or on the beach or pool side as swim suit covers.
The Versatile Large Scarf or Sarong
Are You A Scarf Person?
How do you feel about wearing scarves?
Why Not Start A Collection?
So start your scarf collection, if you don't already have one, and add to it regularly until you have a wide variety of colors, materials and sizes. Hit those consignment shops or create your own at home. Then come back to this article and experiment with the different uses and methods of tying scarves in the videos. You'll boost your fashion repertoire and have fun doing it!
© 2014 Katharine L Sparrow