Few accessories can claim this fame: once cradled by the great fashion icons of years past like Jackie O and Marilyn Monroeit is once again a must-have in the dressing room.
Silk scarves have reappeared on the haute couture catwalks of Dior, Hermès and Burberry in a range of colors and prints. And obviously they have the power to stay. So, it’s safe to say that if you invest in one now, you won’t regret it in the future.
If not, why do we love them so much? Because of their versatility, of course. A fashionable silk scarf can be used and/or worn in at least a dozen different ways (#30DaysofScarves is even a hashtag on TikTok).
Silk scarves also make the perfect accent piece to brighten up any dull outfit, adding that Breakfast at Tiffany’s-ambience to your look (super chic, timeless and sophisticated, just like Audrey Hepburn se).
And while you can certainly invest in one of the aforementioned designer versions, you can also head to a vintage or thrift store and pick up some great finds without spending a lot of money!
So let’s get creative. Here are 12 ways to instantly elevate your look with a silk scarf this season.
Probably one of the most obvious ways to transform your scarf is to turn it into a trendy mattress topper that will keep your shoulders warm on a chilly night. Not to mention it’s dressy enough to wear over a party dress.
To do this, you just need to take the two upper corners, tie each one, then do the same with the two lower corners. These will serve as armholes.
Then, when you’re done using it to warm up, simply wrap it around your waist and tie it until you need it again.
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This one involves wrapping your scarf around your shoulders like a shawl, then using a fashionable wristband or tie to pull the fabric in the front. Very easy!
3. Headband or hair bow
There are endless ways to tie your scarf into a super chic headband that won’t slip over your head, as TikToker @melbriix shows.
Simply fold it, then roll it horizontally until it becomes one long, thin strip of fabric. Then you can tie it around your head like a top knot, bow or tuck the fabric in to keep it flat on top.
In this tutorial, you show a little more of the scarf fabric than you would for the headband version. @Breannadonae says to bend over so your head hangs down and wrap the scarf around the back of your head.
Then, flip your head up and wrap it once in front, bringing it back again. Pull until you create a pineapple (make sure your hair sticks out at the top). Finish it off by tying it once more in the front and tucking in the remaining fabric in the back.
5. Bustier top
Scarf tops were seen on everyone from Kylie Jenner at 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 knotted part down your back!
Wear with high waisted jeans or leather leggings.
6. A bra
This one spread so fast it almost broke the internet. #Scarfbra has over 900 million views on TikTok alone! The scarf bra hack can be the trickiest of the bunch because you really need to make sure it stays in place!
As @americantreads shows, you take your favorite strapless bra and then tie the scarf around the bra, starting in the middle. The key is to cover all the fabric of the bra, so no one knows you’re wearing one!
7. A tote bag
The art of tying a silk scarf in a handbag is nothing new. He has long been known as Furoshiki.
There are different ways to do this, but the easiest is to fold your scarf in half and lay it flat. Then tie a knot in each corner. Then, connect the ends to be able to transport it! No sewing necessary!
8. Bag decoration
So that old leather Coach bag is lying around your closet gathering 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 video helps you tie the perfect bow.
Sure, you can tie a scarf around your neck the old-fashioned way, but how fun would that be? One of this season’s trends is to wear it like a puffy collar!
As @anath.silk.fashion 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 making a knot. Be sure to “poof” each remaining end!
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a Hermès or Gucci belt when your scarf belt can be just as luxurious? Like many others, you’ll want to start by folding your scarf in half into a giant triangle, then rolling it up into one long strip of fabric.
Next, take a piece of double-sided tape and tape it to the top corner so it stays hidden and doesn’t come out. Then you just have to pass it through the belt loops of your jeans and you’re good to go!
TikTok users asked a fashion influencer for a “gender neutral” way to wear a silk scarf, and she responded with this smart and chic tie 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 taking the long edges and starting to roll it up.
Place it under your collar like you would a tie, then wrap it around your neck and tie it once. Then, continue to tie as you would with a traditional “men’s” tie, and you’re done!
12. In a sling!
If you just want to wear it like a regular old scarf around your neck over a pea coat or even a blouse or a t-shirt, don’t let it be boring.
Here’s a great tutorial that shows you how to make it visually interesting with hand-tied 3D “flowers”.