Scarves offer endless possibilities and yet we don’t use them so often. Here is how to style a scarf and use them in cute, easy ways!

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Hello, ladies! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I’m back to work after mine. So, Shilpa asked me if I own scarf in my wardrobe. I was like, of course, I do. I mean most of the girls have at least one scarf in their closet, right? Then she goes on with “How many do you own? How often do you wear scarves? Why I haven’t seen you wearing one to work?” Oops! That’s like one too many questions.

Now that put me into some deep thinking. I have at least fifteen to twenty scarves. Okay! I don’t have a count, actually. So, I have not been using those scarves since I started my work life, like three years ago. Ah! time flies.

I used to layer my clothes (I know, I’m talking about layering in most of my articles!) a lot in college. I wouldn’t limit myself to wearing jackets and scarves only in winter. The sincere fashion enthusiast that I’m, I would try to be unique in what I wear even if it’s a plain tee shirt and jeans. I would drape a scarf in a new way or sometimes use it as a headband to look chic!

But ever since I graduated, I hardly wear them.

“A scarf is a multipurpose accessory and can act as one’s outfit savior.”

Many of us don’t wear scarves or just think it’s going to add too much to your outfit. We hesitate to use them even if we would have bought a designer scarf to try. The point is, we don’t use scarves that regularly or not at all, even though we all have so many in our closet. So, Shilpa wanted to make this point! And that’s why we decided to come up with a guide on how to wear scarves and finally, get them out of the back of our closets. My boss is amazing as always and her words have prompted me to use scarves in most unique ways I could imagine.

A scarf is a multipurpose accessory and can act as one’s outfit savior. You can drape it around your neck to bring instant magic to your outfit, you can accessorize your accessories with a scarf! It’s the perfect option for layering in winter and it can even protect you from sun’s harsh rays during summer. Oh, my! That’s a lot of uses scarves have.

So, let’s check out how to style a scarf in different ways.




1. To Make a Statement

Scarves make a great style statement. Of course, you can wear them to keep warm during winter. But you can sport one any time of the year to look super trendy and stand out. I like the way Miranda Kerr is sporting a bright red scarf here on a denim jacket. It looks alluring with unique fabrics and exotic patterns and enhances the complete look.

Miranda Kerr

You can make a statement by sporting scarves of different materials like fur and leather or try embellished scarves to make you look chic and fashionable.

Olivia Palermo
Marc Jacobs
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Blanket scarves have been in vogue for a while now and Burberry turned heads when they came up with blanket scarves with personalized initials on them. Then many celebs were spotted wearing them, too. This style of style of personalized scarves is ultra cool.

Cara Delevingne for Burberry
Olivia Palermo



2. To Add Color to Monochromatic Outfits

Monochromes look stylish and classy. When you want to add a hint of color to your outfit, you can opt for a scarf. You can pair up a printed statement scarf in your wardrobe with an all black or denim outfit to add an instant charm to your look.

Gigi Hadid
Miranda Kerr

Keep it warm like Blake Lively or tie your scarf into a knot to look simple yet elegant.

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3. Use a Scarf as Hair Accessory

Hair accessories are a cool way to accessorize and make your style more versatile. You can tie your hair with a scarf or use it as a head scarf, bandana or turban. Match it with your accessories like bag or belt to add the glamour quotient to your outfit.

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Blake Lively on Gossip Girl
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4. Accessorize with a Scarf

A unique way to style your scarf is to use it as an accessory. If you’re not really a scarf person and have no clue what to do with the one you own, then use it to accessorize your accessories. Turn your scarf into a bag or just roll it on your handle to add some panache. Or you can just tie it on your handbag for a chic look. You can use your scarf as a belt and create a whole new look. Here are some cool ideas by Hermès on how to style a scarf in different ways.

You can also use your scarf as a necklace, choker or bracelet.

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5. Use Your Scarf as a Garment

Scarf as a garment. Yes, you can turn your scarf into a piece of clothing that easily. There are scarf tops available in stores but you can use your over-sized scarf and drape it like a top or skirt. Here are some ways to wear your scarves.

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I wore my scarf as a wraparound skirt when I was in Phuket visiting ‘The Big Buddha temple’. Scarves make for great layering pieces while traveling to temples and cathedrals with strict dress codes.

Tips on How to Style a Scarf

So, that’s our suggestions on how to style a scarf. But here are some helpful tips for creating that ‘wow’ outfit.

Pair a Matchy-Matchy Scarf with Your Outfit

This is a cool way to sport your scarf. Match your scarf’s pattern with your jacket or your skirt to create a really hot, runway-inspired outfit.

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Gigi Hadid

Try New Trends in Scarves

Fringed bags are a passé. Take cues from Olivia Palermo and try fringed scarves. Other new trends are skinny and string scarves.

Olivia Palermo
Kate Moss
Just Cavalli

Sport a Double Scarf and be a Trendsetter

Stay stylish and fashionable with this edgy look. Couple your print silk scarf with a fur one!

Olivia Palermo

So, ladies, I hope now you know how to style a scarf. Hope none of the scarves in your closet go unused anymore! And what more style ideas would you like me to write about?

Let us know in the comments!

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Sahana is a Senior Staff Writer at ShilpaAhuja.com. With an experience in fashion and lifestyle writing, Sahana is responsible for Indian and international fashion week coverage every year, and is developing an expertise in apparel trend forecasting. She also writes about health and fitness, having pursued yoga for 6 years now. She’s not a gym person at all but is all for “running in the park” and is an amateur cyclist. Books and coffee are her other passions. She’s also an amateur photographer. She’s a hardcore Bollywood fan and she loves to cover the nostalgic topics on the same. From fashion trends to famous characters, she can make anyone love Bollywood! Her best article has been 90s Bollywood fashion, a readers’ favorite so far! Prior to her experience with ShilpaAhuja.com, Sahana has written as a freelance author for online magazine, Mashup Corner, and interned at EventsHigh as a content writer. Her blogs on basic fashion, makeup, fitness and city’s food joints that gave her a chance to experiment with her writing. She also has voiced her opinions about feminism and equal rights for men and women at PolkaCafe journals and after quitting her job, she decided to take up writing as her full time career. Sahana is an engineering graduate and has worked in an MNC, Tesco, for more than a year as an Operations Support. It was her sheer love for fashion that made her quit the monotonous 9 to 5 job to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She’s originally from Bangalore and is currently settled in Chennai (she’s loving the city)! For any queries and discussions, contact her at sahana@shilpaahuja.com. You can also tweet her at https://twitter.com/Sahana_17

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