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

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).

 
Scarf as a top. Great under a jacket.

Scarf as a top. Great under a jacket.

 
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Step 1: Fold the scarf in half to form a triangle.

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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.

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Step 3: Tie ends B and C together behind your back, also in a double knot. You're done!

Scarf top under a suit jacket. (Jacket by Giorgio Armani).

Scarf top under a suit jacket. (Jacket by Giorgio Armani).

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:

Scarf Tie

I wear this a lot. It's a quick and easy way to add color to a plain dress.

 
Scarf tied simply around the neck. It's quick and easy.

Scarf tied simply around the neck. It's quick and easy.

 

Step 1: Fold two opposite ends of the scarf into the middle.

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Step 2: Fold the outside top and bottom edges in to the middle again. Repeat. Now you have a long, thin roll.

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Step 3: Take the scarf roll and drape it around your neck. Tie the ends in a double knot.

Scarf Necklace

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.

 
Scarf Necklace. You'll need a necklace to wrap the scarf around.

Scarf Necklace. You'll need a necklace to wrap the scarf around.

 
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Step 1: Follow steps 1 and 2 in the "Scarf Tie" instructions above. Take the scarf roll and drape it over your necklace.

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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.

Scarf Neck-Warmer

To keep you warm on those cool Spring days that are just around the corner (yay!).

 
Scarf Neck-Warmer. This is super-simple to do.

Scarf Neck-Warmer. This is super-simple to do.

 
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Step 1: Follow steps 1 and 2 in the "Scarf Tie" instructions above.

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Step 2: Tie it in a single knot (not a double knot).

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Step 3: Take the ends and tie them around the back of your neck in a double knot.

Where to Buy Scarves

Buying New:

Buying second-hand: Scarves are timeless, so you can buy second-hand. Check out my favorite resources:

LSK Collection is the personal collection of a good friend. She has a selection of silk and cashmere mix Hermes scarves. This one is GBP250.

LXR & Co has flash sales every couple of days, including a revolving collection of Hermes and Chanel scarves. This one is $199.

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INA NYC has Hermes, Chanel and similar scarves around $300.

Photo from Ralph Daily via Flickr

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...

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