How to Tie a Scarf

Author: Neha Vispute

A wrap or a scarf is a fabulous accessory. You can add a scarf in the winter to add additional warmth and color to your outfits. In the summer, a lightweight scarf is the perfect stylish touch. At the office, a neatly tied scarf adds a sophisticated and classy element to what might be a boring ensemble. Even better, scarves come in such a wide variety of colours and textures that there’s a perfect one for every outfit, and every occasion.  

Of course, the key to wearing a scarf is learning how to tie it correctly. If you can master a few tried and true techniques, you can create several different looks with the same scarf. 

Scarf Tying Techniques

You can find scarves in many different styles, made with many different fabrics. Your collection of scarves may be made from cashmere, wool, silk, or cotton. Typical shapes include diamonds, squares, and rectangles. A scarf can be as short as 24 inches or as long as 90 inches. Pick out any scarf, and there are sure to be several ways to tie it. Check out some of the following methods to create some new looks with your scarves.

Tying a Keyhole Scarf

This is a technique that creates a classic look. It works perfectly for longer scarves, and is much simpler than it looks. It doesn’t matter what material your scarf is made of.



Start with a long scarf, and fold it in half. Wrap the folded scarf around your neck so the loop is on one side, and the ends are on the other. Pull the ends of the scarf through the loop. Be sure to keep the ends even with one another. You can adjust the scarf until it as tight as you prefer. Let the ends drape wherever you want.

A Classic And Simple Dress Knot Scarf

If you have a silk or rayon scarf, try this knot. It helps you create a dressy look that is perfect for the office, or going out to dinner. Pair it with a sweater or a blouse with an open neckline.

Take your scarf and tie a knot in the middle. Next, tie the scarf with a loose knot at the back of your neck. Finish by adjusting the front knot until it is where you want it. You can also create an ascot style knot. Here, you just tie the ends of the scarf, then let the ends drape down loosely.

Create a Retro Look With The Neckerchief Knot

A neckerchief is a small, square scarf. It can be made of cotton, silk, rayon, linen, or a blend. If you own a bandana, you have a neckerchief. These scarves are meant to be tied around the neck for a cute and classic look.

To tie a neckerchief knot, roll the scarf diagonally from one corner to the other. Next, wrap your scarf around the neck so the ends are to the front. Tie a half square knot. Then, tie another half square. You need the second knot to ensure that the knot stays secure. You can wear the scarf with the knot centered at the front of your neck of off to the side. 

There’s plenty of room to experiment here. Position your scarf low on your neck, and keep it loose in order to create a casual look that is perfect for adding a ‘western’ look to your ensemble. Tie a tighter knot in the middle of your neck for a more buttoned down look.

Try a Loose Wrap For a Comfortable But Stylish Look

To be honest, there’s no knot tying involved here. Instead, you simply wrap the scarf around your neck to achieve a look that is warm, stylish, and comfortable. This technique is ideal for longer, knit scarves.

To create this classic, casual look start by wrapping the scarf around your neck. Do this by centering the scarf, and wrapping it around your neck so the ends fall behind your body. Next, pull the ends back towards the front. Grab each end, and criss-cross them. Now the right end should be to your left, and the left end should be to your right. You can pull on the loops you have created to loosen the scarf, and relieve any constriction. The ends can simply be left to hang down.

Now try some variations. Combine a loose wrap with a bow style knot. Wrap the scarf around your neck with one end left longer than the other. Start with the scarf at the side of your neck instead of the front or back. A simple change up like this can add so much versatility.

Conclusion: There Are Dozens of Techniques to Try

It would take pages and pages to cover all of the options you have when it comes to wrapping or tying your scarves. Start with the techniques described here. Then, experiment with different knots, and wraps. Next, add in some accessories. A scarf slide, pin, brooch, or scarf buckle can take your scarf tying game to the next level.


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