How to Wear a Scarf

A scarf is not just a functional article for when the weather gets chilly. A scarf is a wonderful accessory that can add extra flair to an otherwise plain outfit all throughout the year. The addition of a scarf can immediately take your look to another level. Scarves are very versatile, and because of this there are a few things to consider when deciding to wear a scarf. That being said, here is a simple guide on how to wear a scarf.

Choosing a Scarf

Scarves are available in an infinite amount of patterns, colors and textures. Choosing one is all about personal style. Luckily, with the wide array of choices surely you’ll find one that suits you. One thing to consider is the weight and fabric, especially when it comes to the season. Light silk or cotton scarves are more appropriate for warmer seasons, rather than heavy wool or knit. Another consideration when it comes to fabric is the style you are going for. A silk material is generally more formal, and can be worn with a suit to work or out to dinner; whereas, cotton and wool generally evoke a more casual feel.

Working the Scarf with an Outfit

OK here’s where we get into the real nitty-gritty of how to wear a scarf. Anyone can throw a scarf around their neck, but why limit yourself? You can wear it on your body as a belt, on your head as a hair accessory or you can even tie it to your bag just for additional visual interest. Let’s get a little more specific.

How to Wear a Scarf with Business/Formal/Casual Attire

Business attire can be quite stuffy. Using a scarf can easily, while staying within decorum, add personality and character to an outfit. You can be traditional and wear it around the neck (more detail later), or you can use it as a fun substitute for a pocket square (no need to learn complicated folding techniques either!).

With formal wear, it can replace or act as an additional accessory, while also being functional, keeping shoulders warm in chilly venues. Add your own unique statement to that little black dress. Here’s an idea: use a beautiful brooch to secure it.

With casual attire there really are no rules on how to wear a scarf. You have full artistic freedom here.

How to Wear a Scarf around the Neck

This is the most common way and you may be surprised at the number of possibilities. You can hang, wrap, knot or tie the scarf. You can wrap the scarf leaving the ends out or tucking one or both in, creating the illusion of an endless band around the neck. A loose wrap evokes more ease and comfort. Knots and ties are where true creativity comes in. For example, you can tie a scarf into a bow or a mock Windsor.

Scarves have far exceeded just keeping us warm. They are fun additions to the modern wardrobe and you should have fun with them. Explore and experiment, and enjoy all the possibilities that scarves add to your style.

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