How to Wear a Scarf: Your Stylish Guide to Year-Round Comfort


Regardless of the season, the scarf is a tried-and-true accessory we can’t get enough of. Want to add a pop of print to your ensemble? Try a silk scarf. Get caught in a cold snap? Wrap yourself in a blanket scarf. It’s easy to look chic in this functional and fashionable accessory. Wondering how to wear a scarf throughout the year? Read on for a multitude of ways to style this star staple. 

How to Wear a Blanket Scarf

A walk in winter wonderland begs for not only a jacket, but also a seasonal scarf. Keep covered in chilly climates by bundling up with one of our favorite layering essentials. The easiest way to tie a bulky scarf is to use the loop-around method. Here’s how to wear a blanket scarf without the bulk by tying it into a loop.

  1. Layer your scarf around the back of your neck and adjust the ends, so one is longer than the other. 
  2. Wrap the longer end around your neck loosely. 
  3. Tuck the ends underneath to create a seamless loop. 

Toss on your jacket, and you’ll be ready to take on whatever cold weather Mother Nature sends your way.

Fall into Autumn Wearing a Festive Scarf

Donning a scarf with your go-to autumnal ensembles is one of the first signs that seasons are changing. There’s so much to do when the leaves start falling and your activities dictate how to wear a scarf. Reach for a scarf to wear with your picture-perfect apple-picking outfit. Don’t stumble over your festive accessory as you reach for a golden delicious. Instead, wrap it around your neck and tuck the ends under so you stay hands-free. Wearing an infinity scarf, or mobius scarf, will create this vibe with ease. No need to tie this type of scarf, loop it around your neck and you’ll be set for instant comfort. 

Spending the day rooting for your favorite football team? Opt for a woven scarf in your team’s colors. Pair it back to athleisure wear and you’ll be ready to get your cheer on. Have to leave at halftime for a snack refill? Layer a women’s shacket over to stay snug. Lastly, upgrade your Thanksgiving look by accessorizing with a scarf. See? It’s easy to style your scarf for any fall occasion. 

How to Wear a Summer Scarf

Chase away the winter blues and welcome the sunshine in a breezy summer scarf. Did we just say summer? Yes, you can definitely wear a scarf in spring and summertime. Knowing how to wear a summer scarf is all in the fabric. Opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics such as linen or silk. Bright and bold seasonal colors transition this cold-weather essential to the summer months. Look for brilliant blooms, dainty dots and sleek stripes that pepper summer scarves. Curious how to style a scarf when it’s warm outside? Sure, you can let it hang with a loose knot, but we encourage you to try something new. Keep your locks out of your face by tying a silk scarf around your head. Knot it at the back under your hair for a next-level look. Or, wear your lightweight scarf as a top or swimsuit cover-up. The possibilities are truly endless.

How to Wear a Scarf as a Shirt

Invoke summer 70s fashion by learning how to wear a scarf as a shirt. Choose a far-out paisley or ikat print scarf in a silky material to show off your inner-hippie. You’ll need a scarf that is square in shape and long enough to wrap around your torso. 

  1. Start by folding your scarf diagonally so it is a triangle shape. 
  2. Take the longest line of the triangle scarf and place it against your chest. 
  3. Tie a secure knot at your back. 

Add a pair of daring flare-leg pants and clogs, and you’ll be ready to get your groove on.

For another scorching scarf-shirt ensemble, beat the heat in a bare-back look. No need to fold your summer scarf for this one. Here’s how to tie a square scarf into a bareback top.

  1. Take two of the ends of your scarf and cross them over at the front of your neck. 
  2. Tie these ends into a knot at the nape of your neck with the fabric hanging down. The end result is a halter-style neckline. 
  3. Spread out the scarf along your torso for coverage and then tuck it into a billowy midi skirt. 
  4. Alternatively, you can tie the bottom of your scarf around your waist so it’s secure. 
  5. Don’t forget to toss fashion tape into a woven bag to avoid any mishaps that might happen on the go. 

Now that’s how to wear a summer scarf with panache.

Soak Up the Sun in a Scarf Sarong 

Is there anything better than sitting poolside with your favorite book and a refreshing drink in hand? We don’t think so. Here’s how to wear a summer scarf while you dip your toes in the water. An oversized summer scarf––think lightweight blanket scarf––makes an excellent swim cover-up. 

  1. Start by folding your scarf in half diagonally. 
  2. Grab the two ends along the longest side and wrap them around your waist. 

For an alternate take: 

  1. Leave your scarf unfolded and place it behind you. 
  2. Wrap your scarf around your torso under your arms. 
  3. Take the two corners of your scarf, then cross them and tie them around your neck. 

Voilà, a halter-style swim cover-up. That’s two looks in one.

How to Wear a Silk Scarf

A silk scarf instantly elevates any getup and there’s a variety of ways to wear them. Wondering how to style a silk scarf like a pro? Take a page out of Audrey Hepburn’s style guide. Try a statement-sleeve sweater and blue jeans when heading to brunch with your pals. Wrap a floral print silk scarf around your neck and knot for a Roman Holiday inspired look. Accessories help infuse personality into any outfit, so don’t shy away from adding a chain necklace underneath. Here’s how to wear a silk scarf in another timeless way: Let a long scarf hang down the front of you with a loose knot at the end. Allow your scarf to be the focal point of your look by wearing it with solid tops or dresses. 

How to Wear a Scarf With a Dress

Did you know that you can wear your scarf with a dress? In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to incorporate mixed prints and patterns into your outfit of the day. Here’s how to wear a scarf with a dress and explore your style. First, start with a dress featuring a large print and pair it with a scarf in a mini print like polka dots or micro florals. Next, choose a small square scarf, looping it around your neck and tying it at the front. On cold days, add a pair of tights and boots to complete your look. If you’ve tried mixing prints and it’s not your thing, no problem. Wear a solid dress with a long patterned scarf and let it drape down the front of your dress. Toss your scarf over layered necklaces and you’ll be ready to head out with your best foot forward. 

It’s All in the Details: How to Style a Small Scarf 

Now that you know how to wear a scarf around your neck (or as a shirt), let’s dive into more unique ways to use your small scarf. From adorning your bag to giving your hair some flair, these tips share how to style a scarf with grace. Keep your eye on the size, as small square scarves work best for accessorizing your hair, jewelry and bags. Step outside of the box and try tying your scarf in a new way.  

How to Wear a Scarf in Your Hair

Why let your neck have all the fun? Instead of wrapping your scarf around your neck, learn how to wear a scarf in your hair. Everyone loves a good ponytail, so pull up your hair into this classic and fail-proof hairdo. Spritz your hair with a bit of hairspray to keep the flyaways at bay. Take a small square scarf and roll or twist it until it’s about 1-2” wide. Tie it around your elastic hairband and fluff the ends of your scarf to your liking. A silk scarf works best in your hair to avoid static. 

Show off freshly washed and styled hair with a scarf headband. Take a long rectangular scarf and fold it to your desired width. Place the folded headband at your hairline and tuck the scarf behind your ears. Knot the scarf at the base of your head and let the rest of the scarf flow under your hair. Alternatively, revamp one of your favorite headbands by wrapping a small square scarf around it. Tuck the ends into the folds, and you’ve got a whole new headband to wear. 

Enhance Your Accessories With a Scarf

When your accessories need a makeover, look no further than a scarf. Pondering how to style a scarf with your most-loved bags and jewelry? Breathe new life into your trusty purse by wrapping the handles in a silky scarf. An animal print scarf will make your bag roar. Alternatively, show off your artistic side with a scarf enhanced by a geometric design. 

Chunky chain bracelets and necklaces steal the spotlight. Start with a stack of chain bracelets in varying sizes. The biggest one is ideal for restyling with a scarf. Wrap a small silk scarf around the chain, making sure the metal peeks through. Knot the ends of your scarf around the ends of your bracelet. These reimagined accessories are sure to take you from work to the weekend, and everywhere in between. 

Looking for new ways to style your scarves? Take your style quiz and schedule a Fix. Ask your stylist to send this season’s latest fashion trends to wear with your favorite scarf. Ready to upgrade your entire scarf collection? Check out the Stitch Fix Freestyle section through our app or website with plush accessories curated specifically for you. 

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