I've been doing a lot of research lately. Asking my arsenal of women what they need help with. Maybe it's because fall is on the brain, maybe it's because they see me wearing one almost every day, who knows. But one thing was loud and clear. Everyone wanted help with scarves. So you asked, and I delivered!
My love affair with scarves began at an early age. I always felt more put together in a scarf. It wasn't until much later that I realized 1) That's why I'm so hot all the time. 2) How one amazing accessory can pull together an outfit in no time. 3) Layering is my friend.
I get it, scarves can be intimidating. There is this large piece of fabric and it NEVER looks the way you expect it to. Well, today I'm breaking it down for you. I spent a lot of time thinking about how many different looks I would show you. And the bottom line was, I didn't want to over complicate it. There are tons of resources out there for some really complicated scarf tutorials. Twist it, braid it, you name it! But I don't think that is realistic or practical.
What I have found is that the simpler the style, the more likely you will implement it. Also, some of these scarf tutorials are STRETCHING IT. Like, I guess you could twist it under your arm and call it the archery scarf style, but no one is going to actually wear it. I'll give you creativity points though.
Some of these styles may seem basic. That's the point. I WANT them to seem easy because they ARE easy. So you no longer have to be intimidated by scarves. You're welcome!
Before we get started I want you to keep these 3 major points in mind throughout.
1) Scarves come in all shapes, weights and sizes. So don't feel like you automatically can't wear one if the weather is slightly warmer. Just wear a lightweight scarf such as silk or linen. These add a nice layer to your outfit without the extra weight.
2) The power of finessing or "jushing". Gosh that is a hard word to spell. After you finish putting your scarf on, you are REQUIRED to look in a mirror and jush it for 30 seconds. I'm telling you. Those 30 seconds will make all the difference. Open the fabric up, pull it away from your neck, lay it out nicely etc. Take the time to look in the mirror and fix it up a bit.
3) Let the scarf speak for itself. Today's outfit is casual and simple. My intention was to let the scarf be the statement. Also, this proves the point that by adding a scarf you can complete any look.
Let's get going!
The Casual Loop
This one is quite simple, but one of my favorites. It can be done with scarves of many different shapes and sizes as long as it's long enough to go around your neck.
Step 1 - Lay your scarf out in front of you with both hands.
Step 2 - Bring the scarf to the back of your neck. Slide it so it is slightly longer on one side.
Step 3 - Take the longer side and loop it around your neck once.
Step 4 - Pull the center away from your neck. You don't want it to choke you or look too tight.
Step 5 - Walk away with a strut, cause you are looking good!
The Double Infinity
Ever see those REALLY long infinity scarves and not know what to do with them? Loop it a few times with care. As you loop, take your time with the fabric so it doesn't get twisted. Easy peasy!
Step 1 - Hold out the infinity scarf and put the tag (or seam) in the back
Step 2 - Place over your head and check to make sure you aren't twisted.
Step 3- Loop the scarf around your head once.
Step 4 - And again!
Step 5 - Play with the fabric and open it up.
Step 6 - Look cozy and chic. Done
The Pull Through This style is as easy as it sounds. It looks great by itself or under a jacket. Versatile and Easy. Just how I like it!
Step 1 - Fan Yourself. Just kidding. Take the scarf and fold it in half.
Step 2 - Put the scarf around your neck, still folded in half.
Step 3 - Put your hands through the loop and pull the ends through.
Step 4 - Loosen the knot (what used to be the loop) for a casual, easy breezy look.
Step 5 - Walk confidently down the street knowing your scarf is staying put!
The DIY Infinity
Don't you hate when your scarf slips off? Or it doesn't stay the way you put it when you walked out of the house? Here's a way to make your scarf into an infinity scarf and never worry about it falling again!
Step 1 - Place around neck with an even amount on either side.
Step 2 - Find the two ends and tie a double knot.
Step 3 - Twist once and loop back over your head.
Step 4 - Separate the fabric so it's not one long piece but spread out. Continue to play until you look like the hottest mama on the block.
Step 5 - Do a little "my scarf looks good" dance.
The Secret Knot
This last style is actually another way to achieve a similar look to the DIY Infinity, Also, depending on how long your scarf is, you may have extra ties that show at the end which makes for a completely different scart style! By the way, I feel like I should mention that I got this scarf on my honeymoon in Italy. It's one of my favorites. Sooooo, it needed to be incorporated into this post. Don't you think?
Step 1 - Place the scarf around your neck and slide all the way to one side. Hold onto that end!
Step 2 - Wrap the scarf around your neck twice (depending on how long your scarf is).
Step 3 - Once you have an end in each hand, tie it in a loose knot underneath both layers. This will ensure your scarf stays in place.
Step 4 - Finesse and play with scarf until desired look is achieved.
Step 5 - Jump up and down and do a handstand because your scarf isn't going anywhere.
Whew! So there you have it! 5 fool proof, easy peasy ways to wear your scarf without any fuss, confusion or hassle. Do you have a favorite way to wear a scarf? Share below!
Happy Thursday and Happy Fall!
All Photography by the incredibly talented Krista Marie Photography