Guide to Wearing Scarves

A scarf is a great fashion accessory, and depending on how you wear it, it can make or break your outfit. It’s available in many different sizes, colors, patterns and fabrics. Obviously, a scarf is best for neck ties and basic drapes for adding warmth and style. For warmer months, thin scarves are ideal for simple leveling up your outfit. But scarves become your friend during cold winter months and are ideal for simple toss and tuck.

If you’re stumped on how to wear scarves properly, check out this helpful guide In this article, learn the ways on how to wear scarves for both men and women.

Tips for Wearing Scarves for Women

For women, wearing a scarf is an easy way to amp up a plain outfit. Women’s scarves come in so many colors and patterns, so you can easily find one that will suit your taste. Also, there are various fun methods in which you can wear it, such as:

Classic Loop

It’s a classic way to wear scarves, and it’s so easy and it looks fashionable. Fold the scarf in half, then put it behind your beck. Bring both ends to the front, then pull the loose ends through the loop.


This is the easiest way to wear a scarf. Simply wrap the scarf around your shoulders, and there you have it! This is the reason why a scarf is sometimes called a shawl.


Give your scarf a whole new look by making a braid out of it. Fold the scarf in half and place it around your neck. To do this, fold the scarf in half and put it around your neck. Take the loose ends of the scarf, and pull them through the loop. Make sure to not pull it too tightly. Twist the loop, then pull the loose ends through again. With one hand, continue twisting the loop and pulling the ends through until you run out of fabric to braid.

Knotted shawl

This is a slightly more advanced version of the shawl. You only need to put the scarf together around your shoulders like a shawl, and make it into a half knot in the back with the ends. Pull the ends tight, then place it up high on your back. Pull the scarf fabric down to conceal the ends.


A cowl scarf is perfect for concealing the neck, and for adding warmth on your upper area. Place scarf around your neck in a way that one end is shorter than the other. Wrap the long end around the neck twice, then tuck in the loose ends. Even out the ends and tie it into a half knot, so you’ll have two loops around the neck. Adjust the loops to the volume you like.

Twisted necklace

Why buy a chunky necklace when you can use your scarf to make a necklace? Place the scarf around your neck, and tie a half knot in the middle. Take one end and loop it around its corresponding side, then finish it with a knot. Repeat it on the other side.

Belted cape

If you have a square blanket scarf, you can perfectly wear it as a belted cape. Fold the scarf diagonally, then drape it over your shoulders.

Tie loop

The tie loop resembles a man’s tie, but this has a feminine touch. Wrap the scarf around your neck so that the ends are even in front. Make the left side cross over the right, and bring it behind and through the hole around the neck. Take the end on the right, pull it towards the left, and then push it upward through the loop you made. Adjust the knot until it looks like a loose tie. Wear it underneath a blazer or a jacket.

Rolled loop

This is a simple method of wearing your scarf. Wrap it once around your neck, then take each scarf end up and over the loop on the neck. That’s it!

The allure

Wear your long scarf for the winter or autumn in a stylishly alluring way. First, drape your scarf around the neck and have it cross behind the neck. Bring both ends of the scarf to the front and fluff it. Then, tie the fringes near the loop. Secure it by tying the second time. Rotate the scarf to the right or left side, wherever you want, then adjust. This is also a great way to disguise a top that you’re not crazy about and be sure to consider wearing johnny was.

Bow knot

If you’re looking to accessorize your plain top, a bow knot scarf is a great idea. Use a long scarf or a folded square and drape it around your neck. Slip a hair elastic over the two tail ends until it’s on a place below the neck where you want the bow tie to be. Twist the elastic into an 8-shaped figure, with the two tail ends placed in the upper loop of the figure 8. Insert one tail end at a time into the lower loop of the figure 8, as if you’re threading the eye of a needle. Pull it through, but make sure to leave some material behind as half of the bow. Repeat it on the other side, then fluff the bow to give it volume.

The kimono

Sometimes, you just want to cover up your arms and use your scarf to do it. The kimono-style cover up is very possible with a scarf. Tie up two adjacent corners together in double knots. Place the scarf around your shoulders and use the space created by the knots as armholes. Easy peasy!

Tips for Wearing a Scarf for Men

A man wearing a scarf

Scarves are not just a woman’s accessory. Historically, pilots wore a scarf around their neck to keep them warm and prevent chafing. Militaries use scarves to differentiate soldiers. And now, men can use scarves for the same reason women wear it – to insulate the neck and add some style on a bland outfit. Here are some ways to wear this classic menswear piece:


The drape method helps you to add a dash of color to your drab over coat. This scarf drape is great to wear when the weather is cool. Simply drape the scarf over your neck on top of your shirt, then wear your coat. This method works best with a short to regular-length scarf.

Once around

You don’t need to actually tie the scarf with the once around method. Its purpose is to provide warmth around the neck for wearing during colder weather. Start by draping the scarf around the neck and by making one end longer than the other. Then, take the long end of the scarf and bring it around the neck. Once you’re done, you don’t need to tie a knot.

Parisian knot

If you want to look classy wearing a scarf, tie your scarf using the Parisian knot method. This scarf knot provides warmth to the neck and style for your outfit. This works for long-length scarves. You need to fold your scarf in half widthwise, then fold it again lengthwise. Drape it over your neck, then bring the loose ends through the hole formed by the lengthwise folding. Tie the knot. Tighten the scarf around your neck in your preferred level, and you’re ready to go.

Fake knot

The fake knot is a bit complicated, but it’s a good option that will help you look sharp using either a formal overcoat or a casual jacket. Simply drape the scarf around the neck and make one end longer than the other. Take the longer end and bring it behind and around itself to for a loop. Bring it down inside the loop. Place the other end of the scarf down and through the loop you created to tie the knot. Work the knot up the neck by pulling each end of the scarf gently, then let the knot slide up.

Reverse scarf drape

Another great way to wear a scarf during the cold weather, the reverse scarf drape provides a lot of insulation for the neck. It’s worn in reverse, so the ends of your scarf is at the back. Drape the scarf over the neck and make both ends equal in length. Take one end of the scarf and bring it across the neck over the opposite shoulder, and then repeat with the other side. Adjust the scarf around your neck the way you want it.