By Sally Turkovich
As fall gives way to winter, it gets harder to find ways to spice up your wardrobe. You have to bundle up to keep warm but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise style. Enter the best accessory for cold weather: the scarf. Loop it, wrap it, tie it, knot it. Do whatever your imagination can think up.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration or maybe need a fresh idea for a hum-drum scarf from last winter, here are 5 fresh new ways to wear any scarf whether it’s long, short, voluminous or skinny.
Inspired by the way your grandpap ties his neck tie, this is the perfect way to show off a thin, silky scarf with a great pattern. This style can take a little practice if you don’t know how to tie a tie in a Windsor knot but with a little tutorial from the guy in your life or the gentlemen who work in the suit department at Macy’s, you can master this look. Key to success? Keep it looser than a necktie and just a little messy.
Easy as can be to achieve, The Loop is best worn with a shirt with a simple neck line. Simply drape the scarf around your neck with the ends in front of you. Tie the ends together to make a long loop. Turn it around so the small knot is at the base of your neck and voila! Instant glam. No need for a necklace or big earrings with this accessory. The scarf becomes your statement piece for your outfit!
The Celtic Knot:
This styling is best for a cold day when your neck needs a little protection from the elements. Fold your scarf in half and drape it around your neck. A loop will be created by the fold. Pull the two loose ends completely through the loop, twist the loop once, and then pull the loose ends through the loop again. The result is a neat, braided appearance. Since the knot created is tight and complex looking, a solid colored scarf works best to show off the design.
The Faux Bow Tie:
As another inspiration from menswear, The Faux Bow Tie styling proves that ladies can rock a bow around their neck too. A long, skinny scarf is the best piece to use here. Drape the scarf around your neck with an equal length on each side. Wrap each end around your neck once so that you now have two shorter ends. Then simply tie the ends together at the base of your neck and tie a simple bow. Fluff up the bow loops and you’re done. This look is excellent with a suit to give a touch of work-appropriate femininity to what can be a sometimes boring work look.
This is the go to way to wear your scarf, ladies. It’s simple. It’s classic. It’s elegant. Fold your scarf in half, drape it around your neck and pull the loose ends through the loop created by the fold. This styling works well with any outfit and any type of scarf. Since the styling is so simple, it’s a great way to tame an outrageous scarf or show off a scarf with fun details or fringe.
Sally Turkovich lives in Pittsburgh with her fiancé, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. By day she works as an eyewear stylist for an independent eye doctor. By night, she writes a twice-weekly column for Twoday Magazine. Catch up with her there at twodaymag.com