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7 Ways to Style Your Scarf

posted: 01/06/16
by: Mara Betsch
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When it comes to winter accessories, scarves can be your best friend. They're fashionable and functional and can take a simple outfit to the next level. The only problem is, well, how do you tie it? There are probably a hundred ways to style your scarf and achieve the look you're looking for, but here are seven of our favorites. Give them a try and if we missed your favorite style -- tell us!

Classic loop

This one is scarf styling 101 and great for lighter weight and cashmere blends. Just fold the scarf in two longways and wrap it around your neck, putting the ends through the loop. You can achieve the same effect by simply wrapping the scarf around your neck once, as our vlogger Estee Lalonde does in the photo below.

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Cowboy loop

If you've got a gorgeous print that you want to show off -- or want to cover up a low neckline -- this trick is perfect. Start by throwing the scarf over your shoulders, so that the ends hang down evenly around your neck. Pull the right side down slightly and then drape right edge across your left shoulder, around your neck, and back over your right shoulder, creating a bit of an old west type style. Then, take the left edge, cross it over your body, and tie a quick knot over your right shoulder, letting the scarf drape nearly down to your waist.

The cowl neck

Drape the scarf over your shoulders, then pull the right end around your neck, creating a loop. Adjust the scarf so that the ends are even again, and tie them into a loose knot. Then, pull the knot close to your neck, making the inner loop into a cowl neck over the knot.

Double loop

For longer scarves, this is a great trick -- start the way you did with the classic style above, but when you pull the ends through the loop, pull one end through the loop first, then cross the other end over the knot, and loop it in backwards through the loop for a larger knot.

Infinity neck

Sure, you could just buy an infinity scarf -- or you could make one! Start by draping the scarf around your neck, and tie the edges into a loose knot. Cross it over your neck, and voila -- you have a perfect loop!

Cowgirl loop

Not to be outdone by the cowboy loop, this style is perfect for square scarves. Fold the scarf in half so it makes a triangle, and then bring both ends behind your neck, pulling them tight so that the you loop them back in front of your collar bone.

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Faux vest

I have to admit that this one is my favorite -- it is a perfect way to dress up a black dress, plain t-shirt, or anything really. Just drape the scarf around your shoulders and add a belt to make the scarf appear like a beautifully patterned vest.

And if all else fails, this helpful video will give you instructions on tying a scarf 16 different ways!