How to Wear a Square Scarf

Woman wearing silk square scarf
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A classic silk scarf is an investment piece in your wardrobe, that never goes out of style. Wearing a silk scarf with your outfit is a genius way to add instant, effortless chic to any look. But as with many accessories, it's all in the styling. We're here to inspire you with our favorite ways that you can wear this accessory, as inspired by some of today's top fashion influencers.

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Simple Point in Front Style

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We Wore What

Here's a super-easy way to add instant style to all your outfits, from weekend shorts and a t-shirt looks, to dressed up outfits for the office. Simply fold a square silk scarf in half to form a triangle, then wrap it around your neck, so the point is downward. Knot the loose ends together at the back, and you're good to go.

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Point in Front

Scarf outfit

Here's the same look, but with a larger size scarf.

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Draped Front Knot

Square scarf outfit
Glam Radar

Create an effortlessly draped look with a silk scarf, as pictured here, to add a feminine touch to casual outfits in jeans. Start by  loosely rolling your scarf on the diagonal. Wrap it once around your neck, with the ends facing the front, and tie loosely to one side. Steal a page from this fashion blogger's book, and choose a colorful printed scarf to accessorize a plain white menswear-inspired shirt.

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Boy Style Scarf Tie

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Paradise Square

This borrowed from the boys technique for tying a square silk scarf looks especially great worn with a blazer or a jacket. To create this look, start by rolling your scarf diagonally. Bring it around your neck, making sure that each end is of equal length in the front. Make a knot at the base of your neck, so the ends stick out (or hang down, depending on the length).

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The Glamourpuss

Head Scarf
Girl With Curves

Here's a cute way to tie your scarf around your head, for a retro-inspired, pin-up vibe. First, put your hair up into an easy topknot or simple bun. Then roll your scarf on the diagonal to create a long rectangle of your desired width. Tie the ends into a knot at the front of your head..

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Bow Tie Scarf Wrap

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Passion for Elegance

Here's a pretty way to tie a scarf that can be worn with dressy outfits, but also works well for making simpler outfits look instantly more chic, as seen here. To pull of this surprisingly easy look, simply roll your scarf diagonally, bring it around your neck, and tie into a bow at the front. Try this technique to dress up weekend jeans and a t-shirt.

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Long and Loose Front Wrap

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Cut & Paste

Here's an easy way to tie a large square scarf, to add instant polish to just about any outfit you're wearing. Start with a diagonally rolled scarf. Drape it around your neck, and tie loosely, about halfway down its length. If wearing a multi-colored scarf, choose one that picks up on a color from another piece in your outfit, to tie your whole look together nicely.

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Cowgirl Scarf Style

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The Chriselle Factor

To create this blogger's all-American style, fold your square scarf into a triangle, wrap once around the neck, and tie in front. We love the way this easy accessory looks in a trendy polka dot pattern.

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The Loosey Goosey

Loose silk scarf outfit with white jeans
Extra Petite

For truly effortless elegance, roll a large square scarf diagonally and drape around your neck without tying it, so the ends hang down loosely. This is a great way to show off the pattern on a particularly pretty (or expensive) silk scarf, while keeping your overall look fairly casual.

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Wrist Wrap Scarf

Wrist Wrap Scarf
Silk Philosophy

Wearing a scarf around your wrist looks trendy and is a great way to add color and interest to your outfits. To create a wrist wrap, start by folding your scarf diagonally at your desired width. Wrap twice around your wrist and secure in a knot. You can let the ends stick out, or tuck them underneath, depending on the final look you're going for.

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The Waist Wrap

Waist Wrap Silk Scarf
Fashion Gum

A large square scarf can do double duty as a pretty belt, as seen here. Simply roll your scarf at your desired width, wrap around your waist, and tuck the ends underneath (just as you'd tuck the ends of a towel turban). If you want to make sure you don't come unraveled during the day, you can also add secretive safety pins to secure the ends in place.