That's a Wrap: How to Style a Scarf
Forget the basics – these are the most elevated ways to wear a scarf this season
Accessories can either make or break an outfit, so knowing how to wear a scarf – the accessory needed in fall's unpredictable weather – is of vital importance. But we’re not talking about the classic cravat-like knot or the over-the-shoulder wrap-around. There are far more interesting ways to style this closet staple. From adding to a bag to incorporating into a hairstyle, here’s how Team Liberty will be wearing scarves this season.
British Royal style has cemented the humble headscarf a place on the list of the season’s most popular accessories. But for a modern take on Her late Majesty’s iconic sense of country style, join TikTok’s tastemakers by tying a silk scarf around your hair and knotting it either underneath the chin or at the nape of your neck. For a little extra retro elegance, look to our sunglasses department for a pair of blacked-out shades to finish the look.
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The Neck Scarf
This season’s shows made one thing clear: the neck scarf is back. Lightweight, usually square in cut and often patterned in vibrant prints, tie one loosely around your neck to elevate an off-duty sweater and jeans combination. Or, if you’re opting for tailoring – the power shoulder is among the season's biggest fashion trends, after all – accentuate your suit’s coloring with a tonal yet painterly pick. Either knot it like a neckerchief or treat it like a tie so that it sits under a collar or around a frilly neckline.
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The Bag Scarf
Sure, it’s a practical addition to your get-up, but sometimes the bag you choose to have by your side could do with a little dressing up itself. Enter the statement silk scarf. Option one: consider wrapping the scarf around the handle and tie at either end. Option two: if there’s a shoulder strap or disused loop ring, thread the scarf through and knot so that it cascades down like a charm. Our final recommendation: tie into a bow around the base of one of the handles (this works best with larger bags, like totes and buckets).
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The Belted Shawl
Sure, you can follow tradition by wrapping a scarf around your neck to cancel out the cold, but why not break with the usual and turn it into a shawl? Perfect for throwing over your party dress just before heading out out, this cover-up-style scarf is just as handy when it comes to the office AC wars, too, so drape one over your shoulders and fix in place by buckling a belt around your waist. But for something a little outside the sartorial box, first slip into a trench or belted overcoat, cloak the scarf over just one shoulder and then fasten your coat’s waist-tie as usual. The result: top level street style.
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The Hair Scarf
The trick here is to go for a scarf that’s on the smaller side and not too bulky. Then, you’ll need to decide on a way of tying the scarf that suits your look. For an upgraded braid, consider the scarf as an extra strand of hair and intertwine it throughout. Looking for an update on the classic ponytail? Knot the scarf over your hair band so that it falls downwards with the hair. But if you like your hair down, forget the standard-issue headband and instead wrap the scarf over and behind your head, knotting it so that your hair hangs loose over the top.