Entertainment Fashion & Style How to Wear a Summer Scarf Add this chic accessory to your summer outfits Share PINTEREST Email Print Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images Fashion & Style Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Catherine Jacobs Updated February 06, 2019 Want to instantly update everything in your wardrobe for summer? Before you go shopping for new clothes, try refreshing all your outfits with a summer scarf. Just this one accessory can make even the simplest outfits feel fresh and new, and there are so many fun and creative ways to wear them. And they're way more affordable than buying new clothes! Get inspired to rock your summer style, with these awesome fashion girl outfit ideas. Be sure to also read our fashion tips on how tie a square scarf. 01 of 23 With a Swingy Dress Alyson Haley Add a colorful or patterned scarf to a swingy, solid colored summer dress to draw attention to your pretty face. Tie it simply around your neck with the point in front, as pictured here. 02 of 23 Polka Dot Necktie Scarf One Small Blonde An easy outfit of distressed denim shorts and a white t-shirt is suddenly more stylish, when you add a black and white polka dot scarf, worn necktie-style. Get more stylish ideas for wearing polka dots 03 of 23 Pretty Pastels Layers of Chic A pretty pastel summer scarf wrapped casually around your neck adds feminine color and softness to classic wardrobe items, such as this retro-style gingham print sundress. 04 of 23 Bathing Suit Accessory Upbeat Soles When you're strolling the beach in your swimsuit, create a fashionable effect, and tame any runaway ringlets, by wrapping a colorful scarf pirate fashion around your head, as seen here. 14 perfect beach outfits for summer 05 of 23 As a Lightweight Layer Style By Alina Going out in a skimpy tank top? A lightweight summer scarf makes a pretty top layer for your outfit, adding visual interest to your look. 15 summer street style outfits to copy 06 of 23 It's a (Hair) Wrap Livvy Land Fold a silk scarf into a long cylinder and use it to wrap the base of ponytails and buns, to create a simple and pretty summer hairstyle. 07 of 23 Black, White, and Pink All Over Memorandum A black and white scarf adds sophistication to a pretty pink summer dress, along with black leather accessories, for a polished look you can wear to work, out to lunch, or on a summer daytime date. 08 of 23 Scarf As Sweatband The Mysterious Girl Create a cool look by wrapping a printed scarf around your forehead, where it can peek out from under a big summer hat. 09 of 23 Mixing Prints Where Did U Get That Got style confidence to spare? Play up a pretty printed summer dress with a colorful scarf in a different pattern. 10 of 23 With an Off the Shoulder Top Christian Vierig/Getty Images An off the shoulder top can leave your collarbone looking mighty bare. Instead of a choker, try adorning your neck with a brightly patterned silk scarf, knotted at the front with the ends flying free. 11 of 23 Tie One On (Your Purse) Christian Vierig/Getty Images Tying a scarf on your purse is a fashion editor trick you can steal this summer. It's a great way to update a purse, and add color to your basic outfits. 12 of 23 Red, White, and Blue Summer Outfit Blame It On Mei Inject color into a basic summer outfit of a white shirt and denim shorts, by tying on a red bandana-style scarf. 12 stylish ways to wear denim shorts 13 of 23 The Head Wrap The Je Ne Sais Quoi Keep humidity at bay — and your style on fleek — when you wrap up your hair in a boldly printed scarf that accents your summer dress. 14 of 23 Floral Print Scarf Meagans Moda All-white outfits are fresh and cute for summer, but can be a bit bland. Add a colorful garden's worth of flowers to your summer whites, by looping a long silk scarf once around your neck, and letting the long tails swing. 15 of 23 Black Summer Scarf Christian Vierig/Getty Images Dark floral dresses call for moody accessories in summer fabrics. A sheer black scarf makes a fabulous alternative to the expected necklace with this dress. 16 of 23 Not So Basic Jeans Outfit Melodie Jeng/Getty Images Add fashion cred to basic jeans outfits this summer, by wearing a long silk scarf with your straight leg jeans and tank tops. Loop it twice around your neck, make a knot in front, and let the ends dangle prettily. Find the best jeans for your body type 17 of 23 Headband Scarf The Chic Burrow Skip the store-bought headbands and fashion your own best-tressed accessory with a pretty scarf. Roll it into a cylinder, wrapping it around your head where a headband would go, and knot either at the top or at your nape, for a cute hairstyle. 18 of 23 Nice Neutrals La Petite Noob Add a big, tone-on-tone scarf to a neutral summer outfit to make it even more chic for daytime style. 19 of 23 Red Neckerchief Christian Vierig/Getty Images Copy the French girls in Paris and knot a red square scarf around your neck when you're wearing black and white, as seen here. 20 of 23 Leopard Scarf Fashion Jackson Leopard print is super trendy this year, and makes a great accent for solid colored tops. Loop an animal print infinity scarf over a red tunic, as pictured, to dress up a simple shorts and sandals outfit. 21 of 23 With Black Separates Christian Vierig/Getty Images Dressing in all-black is easy and chic, but can look a bit serious in summertime. Lighten up black separates by draping a long, silky scarf over your shoulders, creating an instant, colorful top layer for your outfit. 22 of 23 Wrap It Around Your Hat Here and Now Add pizzazz to a floppy summer hat by tying a pretty silk scarf around it, and knotting it in a fluffy bow, as shown. 23 of 23 Think Pink Style Cubby A long pink summer scarf adds feminine charm to a basic summer weekend outfit in jeans and a spaghetti strap tank top.