4 ways to Tie a Silk Scarf to Make Every Outfit 20% Prettier
I bought my pink Dolce & Gabbana scarf at a consignment store 10 years ago for what I thought was a huge amount, but it was so pretty I couldn't let it go. And I'm so glad I did - it has made all my outfits 20% prettier.
If you are umming and ahhing about getting a big, square, silk scarf, then let me convince you of their infinite wearability. Read on for 4 ways to wear a silk scarf and make all your outfits look fabulous...
Scarf-as-top is genius since you end up with a heart-breakingly beautiful top, at a good price. To do this, you need a scarf that is at least 33" (84 cm) square if you are US size 8 (UK size 10).
Step 1: Fold the scarf in half to form a triangle.
Step 2: Take the two ends at point A (see diagram in step 1) and tie it around the back of your neck in a double knot.
Step 3: Tie ends B and C together behind your back, also in a double knot. You're done!
Keep it decent for work with a singlet underneath and a jacket on top. I've also worn this look for parties, weddings, anything, and it's great for travel - so light to pack! Here are some pictures of other girls wearing their scarf this way, for inspiration:
- Madonna - my original inspiration. I saw this and researched how to do it.
- On Hannah on Bona Drag
- On The Voguette
I wear this a lot. It's a quick and easy way to add color to a plain dress.
Step 1: Fold two opposite ends of the scarf into the middle.
Step 2: Fold the outside top and bottom edges in to the middle again. Repeat. Now you have a long, thin roll.
Step 3: Take the scarf roll and drape it around your neck. Tie the ends in a double knot.
For this you'll need a necklace as well as a scarf. Experiment with different necklace lengths and scarf sizes. Actually, here I'm using a chain belt instead of a necklace.
Step 1: Follow steps 1 and 2 in the "Scarf Tie" instructions above. Take the scarf roll and drape it over your necklace.
Step 2: Wrap your necklace by twisting the scarf around and around. Go up one side, and then the other.
Step 3: Tie both ends of the scarf in a double knot around the back of your neck.
To keep you warm on those cool Spring days that are just around the corner (yay!).
Step 1: Follow steps 1 and 2 in the "Scarf Tie" instructions above.
Step 2: Tie it in a single knot (not a double knot).
Step 3: Take the ends and tie them around the back of your neck in a double knot.
Where to Buy Scarves
- Hermes - Look at the scarves 140 or 90 if you want to tie a scarf top (the 70's are too small). Two that I like are the Monsieur et Madame II and Fleurs et Papillons de Tissus scarves, USD$435
- Ferragamo - Purple City and Shopping scarf, USD$280 (20% off on Bluefly)
Buying second-hand: Scarves are timeless, so you can buy second-hand. Check out my favorite resources:
Don't be afraid to experiment. Try one of these looks, walk out the door, and if you hate it by the time you get to work, then just take it off. It's not a big deal (unless it's the scarf top, in which case, wear something underneath).
I enjoyed making this post! Thank you Photoshop. Let me know if this was useful, and if you'd like more posts with different types of scarves. It will give me an excuse to buy an Hermes Twilly...