How to Wear a Scarf in Five Different Styles

One scarf. Five styles.
Tie one scarf five different ways for a variety of looks. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Wear a solid or printed lightweight scarf to add a pop of spring to your outfit.
Spring-appropriate scarves come in lightweight fabrics and cheerful colors. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

A lightweight scarf adds a fun pop of color or print to your spring and summer outfits. Wear your scarf with a casual t-shirt and jeans or a warm-weather dress. With a long linen, cotton or silk scarf, you can get five different looks with some creative ties.

The Double Hanging Knot

You can tie a double hanging knot in just a few simple steps.
A double hanging knot gives your outfit a casual edge. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Hang your scarf around your neck so that it drapes in the front evenly on each side. Take one side of the scarf and tie a knot, then take the other side and tie a matching knot.

Tie a double hanging scarf in a jiffy.
The completed look adds a bit of polish to a casual outfit. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

The Bow

How to tie the bow scarf style.
Five steps give you a bow scarf. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

This is a simple yet elegant way to style a scarf. Place the scarf around your neck and let both sides hang evenly in front of you. Take both sides of the scarf approximately in front of your stomach, and tie a bow. Gently pull on the loops of the bow to give it more shape.

A completed bow scarf hangs at your waist.
A bow scarf adds a little whimsy to your look. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

The Shawl Drape

How to tie the shawl drape scarf style.
Steps for the shawl drape scarf style. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Open your scarf and drape it around the back of your neck so that the ends come in front of you. Grab the ends and tie a double knot, then position it behind you; it does not matter which side the knot sits on, left or right. Adjust the scarf in the front so it drapes how you like.

The shawl look of a draped scarf, front and back.
A draped scarf adds color and texture to both the front and back of your outfit. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
A view of the front of the shawl scarf style.
A draped scarf adds a layer for air conditioning or cooler weather without adding much bulk. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

The Twist Around

How to tie the twist around scarf.
Steps for the twist around scarf. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Place the scarf around your neck and let the two sides hang evenly in front of you. Twist one side of the scarf tightly then wrap it around your neck. Twist the other side tightly and wrap it around your neck. Grab the ends of the tightly wound sides and tie them into a double knot. You may need to re-twist both sides of the scarf before you knot it; you can wear the knot to the front or to the back.

The twist around scarf tie adapts to any style of clothing.
The twist around scarf borrows its look from cowboy culture. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Turn the knot around to the back for a different look.
The completed twist around scarf gives your outfit a sporty flair. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

The Belt

How to tie the belt scarf style.
A scarf makes a colorful and practical belt. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Wrap the scarf around your waist (you can pull it through the belt loops of your jeans or pants), and tie it into a double knot off to the side instead of at the center of your waist. You can also tie the scarf into a bow instead of a double knot for a different look.

The completed belt scarf look.
A scarf belt adapts to many styles, from classic to bohemian. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
The completed belt scarf look with a bow instead of a knot.
A scarf belt with a bow adds jaunty appeal to pants. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
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