Silk scarves sometimes get a bad rap as being a little dated, something women of our grandmother’s generation wore, and an accessory that’s been forgotten in this day and age of fast fashion and $5 rayon ditties from Forever 21. Yet, every time I wear one of my silk scarves, I get stopped by friends and coworkers saying they have a silk scarf at home and just no idea how to tie and wear it.
I’m certainly not an expert in scarf tying. I’m sure there are complicated and beautiful options that I can’t even begin to imagine. But, I do have three go to ways of tying my silk scarves that are super simple and leave no excuse not to throw one on for a bit of color, pattern, and luxe texture.
1. Neck Wrap: This look is a bit western inspired…though it doesn’t read that way at all when paired with a gorgeous scarf and sophisticated outfit. Fold the scarf in half so that it forms a large triangle. Hold that in front of your neck. Wrap the two ends around the back of your neck and pull forward. Adjust as necessary.
2. Knotted Necklace: This is the style I wear most frequently. Lay the scarf out flat on a large surface. Fold two opposite corners in slightly and then roll in towards each other until you have a long tube. Tie in a loose knot in the middle and a small knot in the back. Put on like a necklace and fluff out the center knot as desired.
3. Simple Tie: Use the same method as above in the Knotted Necklace to create a long tube shape. Bring it around your neck and tie the ends in front of you as high or as low as you’d like. This is a super simple look for when you just want a pop of color and little distraction.
Of course, all of these looks work best with a traditional, large square silk scarf. You can check out some of my picks below for silk scarves for every budget. And please excuse the fact this particular scarf probably needs a good dry cleaning…