A long rectangular or oblong scarf is a great addition to any outfit. When extra warmth is required, a quick wrap of a scarf around your neck can help stave off a chill; but this highly versatile accessory is much more than that.
A scarf offers a simple, fun way to add a punch of colour and panache to your wardrobe. It’s as easily paired with dark jeans and a white button-down shirt as a black peacoat and newsboy cap. A scarf can stand up to all your personal style choices. And with so many different ways to wear a long scarf, you can experiment to find the ones that suit you the best. Here are five of the most popular ways to wear your long rectangle or winter scarf.
- Lay scarf around your neck from back to front.
- Wrap scarf around neck once to form a neck loop and lay the ends evenly down the front.
- From inside the top of the neck loop partially pull one side of the scarf up through to form a smaller loop, being careful not to bring the entire end through.
- Take the other scarf end and slide it through the small loop from the top. Pull it all the way through and adjust both ends to straighten.
The Hidden Knot
- Lay the scarf around your neck from front to back.
- Cross the ends over and bring them around to the front. Keep the neck loop loose enough to be comfortable.
- Cross one end over the other and tie a knot.
- Adjust the knot so the front end is hanging longer and covers the end behind it.
- Hide the knot by sliding the original neck loop over it.
- Lay the scarf around your neck from back to front.
- Wrap the scarf around your neck, criss-crossing the ends each time, until the scarf is fully wrapped around your neck and resembles a turtleneck.
- Tuck the loose ends underneath for a sleek look.
The European Knot
- Fold the scarf lengthwise to create a narrower rectangle. Fold it as many times as necessary to get the desired width.
- Fold the narrowed scarf end to end to form a large loop and lay around neck from back to front, bringing the scarf ends and the loop end to the front.
- Pull the ends through the loop from the top to the bottom, and pull to tighten.
- Lay the scarf around neck from back to front, keeping one end much longer than the other.
- Wrap the long end around your neck to create a neck loop, and bring the end back to the front.
- Take one end and, from the top, tuck it through the neck loop at the front. Repeat with other end.
- Adjust so both of the scarf ends are lying centred down the front.