8 Different Ways to Wear a Scarf This Winter

The humble scarf doesn't always get the recognition it deserves. A style staple, fashion houses have championed their own unique versions that have made them instantly recognisable – check at Burberry, paisley at Etro and skulls at Alexander McQueen.
The first widely recognised mention of a scarf is in Ancient Egypt, when Queen Nefertiti is believed to have worn an embellished headpiece over a woven necktie. In Ancient Rome, linen versions were used to clear away sweat on working men, and many countries have used coloured scarves to indicate ranks in the military throughout history.
How to wear a winter scarf
If you think there's only one way to wear a winter scarf, think again. “Oblong scarves are useful when the look calls for something heavier,” says Friedman. “It's a great way to break up an outfit while drawing the eye up and down.”
1) The French knot
Fold an oblong scarf in two, and wrap around the back of your neck. Take the ends and pull it through the loop. Take the lower half of the looped side and pull over the top half. Place the second end through the new loop.
2) The drape
Perfect for throwing on over a blazer or shirt, opt for vibrant colours and patterns to make the most of the style.
Pop the collar of your blazer and drape a long scarf around the back of your neck so the ends hang evenly in front. Fold the lapels of the blazer back down over the scarf, adjusting the scarf so it hangs how you desire.
How to wear a blanket scarf
A large blanket scarf is a multifaceted staple for any wardrobe, offering a variety of sartorial solutions. “A big rectangular scarf is great for travel,” says Friedman. “It can be used not just as a scarf, but for so many things—a shawl, a blanket or a beach wrap.”
3) The easy-breezy
The key is in the name: an easy, laid-back style that oozes cool. Look to Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, founders of The Row, who regularly finish looks with a woollen blanket scarf in winter.
Drape a large scarf, wrap, or pashmina around the back of your neck, spreading the scarf over your shoulders. Toss one end over the opposite shoulder.
4) The lazy girl
If you're a scarf newbie, the lazy girl is a good place to start, recommends Friedman. Simply loop a long oblong scarf once around the neck
How to wear a square scarf
“Square scarves are wonderful for their versatility when it comes to lots of different scarf ties,” says Friedman. We've also seen a resurgence on the catwalk in recent years: Alessandro Michele paid homage to Queen Elizabeth's love of scarves in his resort 2017 Gucci show hosted at Westminster Abbey, in London; Balenciaga, Acne Studios and Céline all followed suit for AW17; and more recently we saw folded square neckties at Proenza Schouler for SS19.
5) The headscarf
A Fifties and Sixties fashion staple, look to Jackie Kennedy Onassis (who wore various styles over her signature coiffed bob), and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's for serious style inspiration. Cat-eye sunglasses optional.
Fold a small square scarf in half diagonally to form a triangle. Bring the scarf over your head with the long folded edge of the scarf on your forehead at the hairline and the rest of the scarf draped over your head. Knot the folded corners securely underneath your chin.
6) The neck scarf
The neck scarf, or neckerchief, is another staple reminiscent of Fifties and Sixties glamour. Take your lead from Hepburn again, this time in Roman Holiday, and wear with an open-collared shirt.
Fold a small square scarf in half diagonally to form a triangle. Starting from the small point, turn over the scarf in 5-7cm folds, and continue to double over again until you create one flat piece. Bring the scarf around your neck once (or twice depending on the size of the scarf), and secure with a tight knot at your neck. Twist to style.
How to wear a silk scarf
Silk scarves might evoke thoughts of grandma's style but you need only look to Kate Moss to see the silk scarf's rock'n'roll appeal.
7) The tie
You can go a little wild on the pattern for this one, the more vibrant the better, as there's only one rule: keep the width skinny.
Drape a long scarf around the back of your neck, letting one end hang longer than the other. Bring the long end over the short end and wrap the long end under the short end. Bring the long end forward once more, wrapping over the short end. Pull the long end behind the short end and then up through the loop around your neck. Tuck the long end through the front of the knot you created and adjust the length, tightening all the way up to your throat for a more formal look, or leaving it lower for a relaxed vibe.
8) The half-bow
A twist on the tie, you can opt for a wider piece for this knot.
Drape an oblong scarf around the back of your neck so that the ends hang evenly in front. Make a loose knot on one side, about halfway between your neck and the end. Pinching the other side of the scarf in the middle, pull it partially through the knot to form half of a bow. Tighten your original knot and adjust the bow as you see fit.

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