Dressing With Long Scarves

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Wear long scarves in prints or contrasting colors with your outfit.
Wear long scarves in prints or contrasting colors with your outfit. (Image: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

One of the main things that can halt fashion mavens from wearing long scarves is questioning how to style the accessory. Long scarves have gone through a styling revolution as designer fashions have included this piece as part of your everyday wardrobe while creating various wrapping styles. Though long scarves technically measure 90 inches in length, the accessory is also available in different sizes and shapes -- square, infinity and oblong -- as well as styles -- sarong and wrap. Since this accessory is a staple, a variety of patterns, prints and textiles are used to make the long scarf with trims including beads, pom-poms and fringe.

Scarf Sashes

Jazz up a simple dress with a long scarf tied into a fashionable sash. Whether you choose a printed or solid dress, the scarf sash accentuates your waistline. Take the two ends and wrap it around your waist two times, starting from back to front, with the ends finishing at the front. Take the two ends and tie a knot at front, leaving the extended tails slightly draped to the side of your dress. To create a streamlined look, avoid knotting and tuck in the ends to the back for a wide sash style. If you are working with a long scarf less than 90 inches in length, you can get the same look wrapping the scarf once around your waistline and then tying it to the side.

Kerchiefs and Infinity Scarves

Wear a stylish, printed kerchief around your neck with jeans, a white blouse and cardigan. Start with a square scarf and make sure one of the corners is in front of you. Wrap the two ends across the nape of your neck and cross it to the front. Finish the kerchief by tying the ends in the front. If you are working with an infinity scarf, which is generally 60 inches in length and often has a circular pattern, you can wear the accessory as a double wrapped scarf around your neck as well as hoodie by draping it over your head.

Hair Turbans

On those bad hair days, a hair turban can be your redeeming quality. If you have an elongated scarf in a bright pattern, wrap it around your head. Place the scarf at the nape of your neck and tie the ends at the crown. Make a second knot to reduce the length of the scarf ends. Wrap the ends to the back once again and tuck into the back. Pair the look with jeans or khakis. Pick your blouse color by matching it to one of the colors from the scarf pattern.

Long Scarf Wraps

Borrow looks from Hollywood celebs and wrap your elongated, brightly patterned scarf around your neck. Roll the accessory until you have a twisted scarf and drape it around your neck with the ends dangling to your backside. Take the ends and wrap from back to front, leaving the two ends softly cascading at front. If you have a lightweight scarf that is slightly shorter in length, you can wrap it once around your neck and self-tie a knot at each end. You can also tie the ends together to secure the scarf around your neck.

Scarf Dresses

Designer fashions have pushed the long scarf into the dress category by creating the dress scarf. The length generally finishes at 58 inches and has a decorative ring at one of the corners. A narrow scarf that is attached to the ring, wraps around the scarf dress in different ways creating various looks, including an empire and belted waist dress.

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