Every year, I get at least two scarves for Christmas, and honestly, I’m okay with that.
For each type of scarf, whether it’s a small square silk, a pashmina with tassels or a simple infinity scarf, there are countless ways to style it, if you know how.
Lately, it seems like a lot of people are doing the basic loop or what I call the basic flip (where one end of the scarf is thrown across the shoulder). Both looks are perfectly fine, but if you’re looking for a few ways to style your scarves without getting tied up watching a lengthy tutorial, I’ve got you covered.
Here are 10 relatively easy takes on tying a scarf.
Take a large scarf (can be a thick square-shaped or oblong one) and tie the ends together at one corner. Place that knot on the base of your neck and loop it around just as you would an infinity scarf.
This is one of the easiest to learn. Drape a long scarf across the nape of your neck. Then cross the right and left ends of the scarf across your neck so that they’re on your back. Cross them again so that the ends are on your front. Do that several times until there’s a bit less than a foot of material left. Tuck the leftover left end under the loops you’ve created on your neck and spread the leftover right end across your shoulder or chest.
The Draped Loop
Start by draping the scarf across your neck so that the ends run down your back. Adjust so that the left side is slightly wider on your left shoulder. Then draw the right end of the scarf around your neck so that it falls on top of the widened section on your left shoulder. Take the right end of the scarf and pull it across your body and onto your right shoulder. The end of the scarf should hang down just an inch or two over the edge of your shoulder. Then take that left end of your scarf and bring it to the front on your right side. It should create a loose-looking draped effect.
This is best done with a thin scarf, maybe a silk or a polyester blend. Place the scarf around your neck so that the right and left ends hang in front of you. Take the left end a tie a loose knot, towards the middle of the end. Take the right end of the scarf and pull it through the knot. Pull the knot up to your neck and adjust as needed, either off to the center or slightly to the side.
Using an oblong or rectangular scarf (any thickness and material), fold the scarf in half and drape it across the nape of your neck. Pull the two loose ends through the loop. Twist the loop and then pull the loose ends through it again. Do this as many times as the length of the scarf allows.
Take a thinner rectangular or oblong scarf and drape it evenly across the front of your neck. Cross the right and left ends behind your back and bring them to the front. Then cross them again and bring them to the back. Do that as many times as needed until there is only a few inches of the ends left over. Knot those together.
Belted Loose Scarf
Drape any shaped and sized scarf around your neck so that both the right and left ends hang down your front. Take a belt (usually a thinner one) and tie it so that it’s snug around your waist.
Take a long and thin scarf, usually a polyester fabric and loop it once around your neck, so that the right and left ends run down your front. Make a knot with the right and left ends and adjust it so that it’s close to your neck. Adjust the scarf so that the knot is hidden by the loop you created.
Fold the scarf in half and drape it across the nape of your neck so that the looped end is on your left shoulder and the loose ends are on your right. Take the loose end that is closest to your neck and pull it through the loop. Twist the loop to the left and pull the other loose end though. Looks best when tucked into a coat or sweater.
If you have a large rectangular scarf you want to drape across your shoulders but you don’t want to deal with it slipping off, start by draping it over your shoulders. Then take the ends and tie them together behind your back (you may need assistance with this method). Tie it tight enough so that the draped scarf stays on your shoulder.