Silk Scarves are Everywhere! You Can Wear Them These 12 Creative Ways

This trendy accessory can transform your look at least a dozen different ways.

Few accessories can make this claim to fame: once rocked by major fashion icons of years past like Jackie O and Marilyn Monroe, it is now a closet must-have yet again.

Silk scarves have re-emerged on the high-fashion runways of Dior, Hermes, and Burberry in an array of colors and prints. And obviously, they have staying power. So, it’s safe to say, if you invest in one now, you won’t regret it in the future.

Why else do we love them so much? Because of their versatility, of course. One fashionable silk scarf can be used and/or worn at least a dozen different ways (#30DaysofScarves is even a hashtag on TikTok).

Silk scarves also make the perfect accent piece to jazz up any drab outfit, adding that Breakfast at Tiffany’s-esque vibe to your look (super chic, timeless and sophisticated, just like Audrey Hepburn herself).

And while you can certainly invest in one of the aforementioned designer versions, you can also hit up a vintage or thrift shop and score some great finds without spending a lot of cash!

So, let’s get creative. Here are 12 ways to instantly elevate your look with a silk scarf this season.

1. Shawl

Probably one of the most obvious ways you can transform your scarf, is into a trendy topper that’ll keep your shoulders warm on a chilly night. Not to mention, it’s dressy enough to even wear over an evening gown.

To do this, you simply take the top two corners, tie each into a knot, then do the same with the bottom two corners. These will serve as the armholes.

Then, when you’re done using it for warmth, simply wrap it around your waist and tie until you need it again.

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2. Cape

This one involves placing your scarf around your shoulders like a shawl, and then using a bracelet or a fashionable hair tie to pull the fabric in the front together. Easy peasy!

3. Headband or hair bow

There are endless ways to tie your scarf into a super chic headband that won’t slide around on your head, as shown by TikToker @melbriix.

Simply fold it and then roll it horizontally until it becomes a long, thin strip of fabric. Then, you can tie it around your head as a topknot, bow, or tuck the fabric in to keep it flat on top.

4. Headwrap

In this tutorial, you show a little more of the scarf’s fabric than you would for the headband version. @Breannadonae says to bend over so your head is hanging down and wrap the scarf around the back of your head.

Next, flip your head back up and wrap it once in front, bringing it to the back again. Pull until you create a pineapple (make sure your hair is sticking out at the top). Finish it by tying it once more in the front, and tucking any remaining fabric in the back.

5. Bustier top

Scarf tops have been seen on everyone from Kylie Jenner to Bella Hadid and are super easy to DIY. Simply fold the scarf into a giant triangle, and wrap it horizontally around your torso. Tie in the front, then slide the tied portion onto your back!

Pair with high-waisted jeans or leather leggings.

6. A bra

This one spread so rapidly, it almost broke the internet. #Scarfbra has more than 900 million views on TikTok alone! The scarf bra hack can be the trickiest of the bunch because you really have to make sure it stays up!

As @americanthreads shows, you take your favorite strapless bra and then you tie the scarf around the bra, starting with the middle. The key is to cover all the fabric of the bra, so no one knows you’re even wearing one!

7. A tote bag

The art of tying a silk scarf into a handbag is nothing new. It’s long been known as Furoshiki.

There are a few different methods to doing this, but the easiest is to fold your scarf in half and lay it flat. Next, tie a knot into each corner. Then, connect the ends so you can carry it! No sewing required!

8. Bag accent

So, that old leather Coach bag has been laying around your closet collecting dust. Give it new life by tying a colorful silk scarf around one of the handles!

While you probably don’t need a tutorial for this one, this YouTube vid helps you tie the perfect bow.

9. Collar

Sure, you can tie a scarf around your neck the old-fashioned way, but what fun would that be? One of this season’s trends involves wearing it like a puffy collar!

As shows, you can achieve this look by folding your scarf and then tying it around your neck. Then take the ends, and tuck one under and the other over, and finish by tying a knot. Be sure to “pouf” out each remaining end!

10. Belt

Why spend hundreds of dollars on an Hermes or Gucci belt when your scarf belt can be just as luxe? Just like many of the others, you’ll want to start by folding your scarf in half into a giant triangle, and then rolling it so it’s one long strip of fabric.

Next, take a piece of double-sided tape and stick it onto the top corner so that it stays tucked and doesn’t pop out. Then, you just pull it through the belt loops of your jeans and your good to go!

11. Necktie

TikTok users asked one fashion influencer for a “gender neutral” way to rock a silk scarf, and she responded with this clever and chic necktie option. All you need to complete it is a crisp white button-down shirt with a collar.

As @Tiahrubala explains, you can achieve this by folding your scarf into a large triangle, then take the long edges and start rolling it down.

Place it under your collar just like you would with a necktie, then wrap it around your neck and knot it once. Then, continue to tie like you would a traditional “men’s” tie, and voila!

12. As a scarf!

If you simply want to wear it like a regular old scarf around your neck over a peacoat or even a blouse or tee, don’t let it be boring.

Here’s a great tutorial that shows you how to make it look visually interesting with hand-tied 3D “flowers.”

Jené Luciani Sena
Jené Luciani Sena is an accredited journalist and internationally-renowned bestselling author, regularly seen on national TV outlets such as Access Daily, Today and Dr Oz. Touted as one of Woman’s World Magazine’s “Ultimate Experts,” she’s a TEDTalk speaker and a busy Mom of 4. Read more
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