Tis’ the season, no! not Christmas…yet, rather cold weather. The temperatures have dropped and the leaves are falling (a little too fast for me!). So, what’s a girl to do when she wants to keep warm but still be fashionable? Grab a friend, head out to Dressbarn and check out their scarf and sweater collections! I love Dressbarn!!
I can’t say I was ever a scarf wearer, even in the coldest of weather, because it always bugged me to have something so close to my face. But, over the years, that has changed. I think the first scarf I ever got was actually a free gift promotion from Dressbarn and with it, I also received a handy little scarf guide, showing the various ways to use and wear a scarf.
The pashmina style, long rectangular, scarves can be seen just about everywhere now. Especially in the fall, not only do they offer warmth around your neck, they can be a great pop of stylish color to add to your outfit. I even know some ladies who have adopted the scarf as part of their Fall fashions because they tanned too much in their younger years and now their decolletage area is showing the signs of sun damage.
So, how are some of the ways you can wear a scarf? Below are a few of Dressbarn’s suggestions (and illustrations) on how to use and tie a scarf one. The most classic style for any type of scarf is the ascot knot.
If you use the diagram above, it is quite easy to replicate. First, you loosely loop the scarf around your neck into a cowl type drape, leaving one end shorter than the other. Cross the long end over the short end. Then bring the long end up and under both the short end and the cowl loop, pulling through to the front. Adjust tighter or looser, to your comfort level.
There are so many ways to use a scarf, these are just a few of the suggestions and ideas. The next style is the big knot. This knot is particularly excellent for those lightweight, skinny, fringe-type scarves. Imagine one of these in a metallic fabric tied up for the holidays.
As you can imagine, this is a basic knot. The best length for this style is an oblong scarf. Place the scarf around your neck, next grab both strands of the scarf with one hand midway up the scarf; then create a loop that you will then bring both ends through to create a knot. Tighten the knot or keep loose, to your preference.
You wouldn’t think there is enough material to wrap a scarf like some of the following illustrations show. But, you’d be surprised to learn that wrap scarves can be anywhere from 60″ to 80″ long! On this next scarf style, the euro loop, it is the easiest one to recreate.
In the euro style you are going to fold the scarf lengthwise, drape around your neck and then bring both end through the loop. To make this style even more interesting, you can twist together two different colored scarves before creating the euro loop.
Last, but not least, are three additional ways in which you can wear and style a scarf. There is the simple loop, shawl wrap and hip wrap. Each one holds its own style benefit.
Another one of my favorite styles is the simple loop. To recreate, simply drape the length of the scarf around your neck in a cowl style. Start with the loop in the front (and both ends to the back) then bring each of the ends around the neck back to front. For the shawl style, drape the scarf around your shoulders, cross the ends and tie loosely in front. In the last style, the hip wrap, you follow the same instructions for te shawl wrap, but around your hips, and you can even tie in a bow to finish it off!
My personal scarf collection is mostly solid jewel tone colors and my two favorite wrap styles to use are the euro loop style and simple loop style. I shop Dressbarn enough that the ladies know me by sight (not sure if that’s a good thing or not) and I’m slowly building my scarf collection.
If you are inspired by one, or all, of the six ways to use and tie a scarf as shown above, please feel free to share a link to this post on your social sites and comment below with your own scarf styles!