A scarf can be a very versatile closet staple—if you have a little creativity. This fashionable accessory has withstood the test of time, remaining a relevant piece for it-girls and guys of many eras. Scarves can add a little flair to any outfit, whether you use them as a belt, top or hair band. There are many ways to fashion this flowy fabric, but here are a few of our favorite beginner styles to get you started.
The Criss Cross Top
Ready to spice it up a little? Start by folding the scarf in half to form a triangle. Next, wrap the scarf around your chest, but leave the longer part in the back. Use the ends of the scarf to cover your chest and cross the ends, forming an “X”. Then wrap them upwards around your neck and tie the ends in a tight knot. A variation on this method that creates a more unique look is to tie the front ends when you form the “X” before you bring the ends up around your neck to secure them, adding a fun knotted detail in the front.
The Classic Top
Scarf tops are a stylish and timeless way to repurpose this accessory. The most popular way to tie a scarf top is simple: Fold the scarf into a triangle (matching one edge to the other). Next, tie it around your chest, knotting the top two corners together at your back and leaving the triangle to hang over your chest.
The Hair Tie
Try using a silk scarf to spruce up a classic bun or ponytail! Prep by putting your hair up. Then, simply tie the scarf around it. You can wrap it around as many times as you’d like, tie the ends into a bow or simply leave the ends hanging asymmetrically for a classic, feminine look.
For a y2k-inspired look, try sporting a classic bandana. Fold the scarf into a triangle, then position the scarf on your head so the triangle is pointing backward and the flat side rests on the middle of your forehead. Next, bring the two ends of the scarf to the back of your head and tie them in a knot.
Using your scarf as a belt is a fun way to add character to jeans or trousers. To get this look, fold the scarf accordion-style (small, repeated horizontal folds) until it reaches your desired width. Next, insert the scarf
through your belt loops and tie it in a knot or bow—and that’s it!