There are many ways to wear a scarf! Here are six of the most common – and beautiful – techniques to use
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
For some, it’s the one accessory they can’t live without in the cooler weather. For others, it’s simply a lovely accent to an outfit. But there can be little doubt that the scarf is a wardrobe essential!
They keep your throat warm, add a touch of elegance to minimalist outfits, and are super-versatile. They can be worn as a belt, on the head, or of course, around the neck. They’re even being tied to handbags to bring an artistic touch to those accessories!
But…exactly how do you wear a scarf in autumn? It’s not enough to just throw one over the back of your neck – especially if it’s a delicate silk scarf. For a touch of European chic, you need to learn some basic scarf-tying techniques. We asked sustainable Scandinavian scarf brand Wyilda for a few tips on the best ways to wear a scarf this season.
Ways To Wear A Scarf: Two Core Techniques To Learn First
Take a square scarf and fold two points to meet in the centre, and continue to fold ends towards the centre to achieve desired width.
The Double Triangle
Fold the scarf in half, then pull the top right corner over the bottom right corner until scarf is folded in two triangles.
Now you’re ready to get stylish! Here are 6 chic looks that will compliment any outfit.
1. Boho Babe Headband
This is an easy way to kill a bad hair day, or to add a bit of Boho chic to your look. Fold a square scarf into a narrow oblong; wrap the scarf around head; then tie a double knot and adjust – hide the trailing part of the scarf behind your head if you’re aiming to look more formal, or show it off for a more ’60’s vibe.
2. The Classic Collar
Fold a square scarf into a narrow oblong; wrap the scarf around neck; cross ends twice at the front; ultimately bring the ends back, tie and adjust. The vibe? Clean, classic and a little bit gender generic. Perfect for keeping your throat warm in the cooler months.
3. The Blombard
This look is a bit aviary – it reminds me a bit of the Little Prince! To get it, just fold a square scarf into a narrow oblong; wrap the scarf around your neck; tie a knot in the middle; pull the upper end around the knot; finally move the scarf so that the knot is to one side. The size of your scarf will make a difference to this look: use a narrower scarf for a ‘cravat’ effect, or a longer, wider one for a more dramatic outfit.
4. The Windtuck
This is a really elegant European look that’s stunning when paired with a coat or sweater. Fold a square scarf into a triangle; wrap the scarf around neck and cross the ends behind the neck; tie the front using a knot. You can complete the look by tucking the scarf into your coat.
5. The Arty Swirl
This one reminds me a bit of what painters would wear in mid-century Paris; it still has an arty vibe! To make it, fold a large square scarf into a double triangle; wrap the scarf around neck; tie a double knot and adjust to best suit your top.
6. The Trendy Turban
Turbans are making a huge comeback! They’re super cute, and aren’t as difficult to create from a scarf as you’d think. To start, just fold a large square scarf in half into a triangle. Lay the scarf on your head with the center point of the triangle facing forward and the sides hanging down each of your shoulders. Grasp the length of each side and bring them to the top of your head, twisting twice to create a “knot”.
Once you’ve twisted the ends twice into a knot, bring both sides together to the back of your head and tie it tight. Tuck all your loose ends under the back and front of the turban. Done!
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