Is there ANY better feeling than when the weather gets chilly and you can wrap yourself up in your favorite sweater and cozy scarf? (Okay maybe getting into clean sheets after a really long day…but that’s IT.)
You guys loved this post on how to tie a bandana and I often get questions on my favorite ways to tie my scarves, so I decided to do a “how to” guide! Then…I started shooting each look and realized there were actually so many ways to tie all different scarves that I decided I better break this up into another series!
So, first up, today, I’m sharing the three most classic ways to tie your scarf! Over the coming weeks, I’ll also be sharing “How to tie a scarf like a French girl” and “Different ways to tie a blanket scarf.” Wardrobe versatility is one of my favorite topics right now. Knowing how to wear your basics several different ways can make the biggest difference in feeling confident about your closet for not just everyday, but for travel, too! (Like, packing travel clothes for Europe in just a carry on, for instance!) Always a plus when you can get more use out of a single item and get more wear out of your current wardrobe, yes?
So, read on for my first tutorial–three ways to wear your classic scarf. Plus, make sure to read through to the end where I’m rounding up my 21 current favorite classic (and affordable) scarves of the moment!
How to wear a scarf:
There are just about as many ways to wear a scarf as there ARE scarves in the world. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming (especially when you see all these fancy twists and ties happening all over Pinterest–just the thought of trying to remember them and recreate them can make your head spin!) If I’m pulling on a classic–not too oversized, not too thin scarf, it’s a good bet that I’m going with one of these scarf tying methods!
Three different ways to tie a scarf:
The Classic Wrap
First up, the most obvious: the classic wrap. This is just about the easiest way to wear any scarf and it works with pretty much any scarf regardless of the shape! All you have to do is drape it over your neck, and wrap one end around your neck once. Re-adjust so it’s centered and both “tails” (what else do you call them? Ends?) are hanging symmetrically!
How to Tie a Scarf: The Classic Loop + Knot
The “loop & knot” method, as I call it, is probably my go-to for the coldest days of winter! In my experience, this is the warmest way to tie your scarf because it’s so tight and snug to your skin that doesn’t let any cold air in! (I do this and then tuck the ends into my zipped up coat and it makes the BIGGEST difference on those bone-chilling windy days when you don’t want to go outside but are forced to 😂. OHHH Chicago.)
To begin, fold your scarf in half, so that the folded portion is at one end and both “tails” are together at one end, too. (Just see the picture above for reference 😂 At first I was like, “I don’t need to step by step photos for this post” and then I wrote descriptions like this one and was like hmmm. Yes, step-by-step photos are in fact necessary.)
Then, thread ONE of the tails through the “loop” end. You now have one “threaded” tail and one “free” tail. Then, tie both tails together. Depending on the material of the scarf, this might be sufficient to keep it in place, or you may need to tie it once more to form a “knot.”
Finally, I like to re-adjust mine so the “tails” are centered, hanging down the middle of my body, but you can also keep it to the side if you prefer it that way as well!
How to Tie a Scarf: The Shoulder Drape
This is one of my favorites because it makes me feel like a fancy, super chic Upper East Side rich lady who casually “stops into Barney’s” on a whim. 😂
Anyway, I kind of feel like it’s a joke to include the “classic shoulder drape” in this post because it’s so easy, BUT, I feel like this is the one that I forget about the most, and then I see someone with a beautifully draped scarf over their shoulder and I think “OMG I want to be this girl she is so oozing chicness” and remember “I really need to be doing the whole rich lady scarf drape more.” So, hopefully this serves as a reminder for you, too. 😜