One of the most popular gifts for a woman is a scarf. Most women have more than a few in their closet and a lot of the time, they never get around to wearing them. That’s because they have this outdated idea that a neck scarf for women can only be worn on the neck. That actually isn’t accurate. There are dozens of ways that a scarf can be worn. Here are a few suggestions.
#1 – The Shawl
Wearing a scarf as a shawl is a popular option. Instead of wrapping the scarf around your neck, stretch it to its maximum width and drape it over your shoulders, allowing the ends to rest in the crook of your elbows. This creates an elegant look that’s great as a cover up or simply to dress up a plain outfit.
#2 – The Infinity Twist
This is technically a way of wearing a scarf around the neck, but it creates a unique design that gives it a bit of an edge. Simply tie the ends of the scarf together. Put the loop over you head, leaving the knot at the back of your neck. Pinch it together in the middle, twist and loop it over your head again. This is a great option when you’re trying to keep warm during those cold winters, though is best done with sturdier fabric.
#3 – The Scarf Sarong
This one works as a great cover-up at the beach, especially for lighter weight scarves. Holding the scarf lengthwise, wrap it around your hips, about an inch below your belly button. On one side, tie the scarf securely in a knot, making sure the fabric doesn’t bunch on the other side as you do so. Double knot it again and you’ll have a secure cover-up for the beach.
#4 – The Hair Tie
A scarf can be a great hair accessory if your hair is long enough. Simply pull your hair back like you’re about to use a headband. Roll the scarf into a narrow band and then loop it over your hair, making sure to secure the knot at the nape of your neck, where it can be hidden. This is best done with delicate scarves, like ones made of silk.
#5 – The Scarf Vest
This is a clever look that will turn your scarf into a vest, provided it’s long and wide enough. Start by holding it lengthwise, before you fold it in half. Next, tie the top two corners together. Finally, tie the center to the top two corners and you’ve created some handy arm holes. Put it on like a regular vest, and you’re ready to go. This is a look that works with lightweight and heavier weight styles, though silk tends to slip when doing it. It can also take a few tries to get perfect.
#6 – The Scarf Belt
This one is as easy as it sounds. Simply fold the scarf until it’s the width you need to make a belt. Wrap it around your waist and tie it into a knot. You can either leave the ends untucked, or tuck them in to finish the look. This works with both lightweight and heavy style scarves.
#7 – The Belted Vest
This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to wear a scarf to class up an outfit. Simple drape the scarf over your neck and pull the ends down across the front of your body. Making sure the ends are even on both sides, cinch a belt around your waist to hold the scarf in place. This creates a backless vest that can update any plain look. It works with both delicate and sturdier fabrics.
#8 – The Turban
This is a good one for girls with long hair. Start by rolling the scarf lengthwise until it’s narrow enough to work with. Holding the center at the nape of your neck, start wrapping the scarf around your head, over and over again, until you’re left with about 3 inches of fabric on each side. Then, twist the left over fabric into the loops you’ve already created. This is a great way to get your hair off your neck and gives you a fun, bohemian look.
A neck scarf doesn’t have to just be a neck scarf. There are dozens of ways to wear one to update your style. Try a few of the above, and don’t be afraid to create your own. Trial and error is the best way to discover new ways to wear a scarf.