With all this hype over blanket scarves, it is easy to forget about its elegent cousin. Blanket scarves may keep you warm, but silk scarves polish off your look, giving it a timeless touch of sophistication and class. If purchased in a big enough size, you can tie and style your scarf so many different ways, giving your outfit the variety it needs during these drab winter months. So today I’m give you a crash course in scarf-ology (yes, I made that up, but just go with it…) by taking my favorite new Elizabeth Gillett scarf and styling it five different ways.
First Way: Simple & Long
Let’s start off easy. For this look, grab the scarf by the corner and let the rest fall. Put it behind your neck and just let it hang naturally down the front. That’s it! I love this simple style, because it creates a collar or trim look to any jacket you’re wearing.
Dress: Macy’s (similar) // Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar) // Jacket: Les Petites (similar here and here) // Scarf: Elizabeth Gillett c/o // Clutch: Coach (similar) // Earrings: Francesca’s (similar in gold) // Bracelet: effYbee
Second Way: Simple Knot
Let’s take the first style a step further, and tie a single knot about halfway down your chest. This creates more of a tasselled look, and is a little neater and contained. Use this as an easy substitute for a necklace at work or for a night out.
Third Way: Wrap Around
You’re likely no stranger to this look. Start again by grabbing the scarf at one corner and letting the rest fall. Then put the scarf behind your neck and wrap one end all the way around and down. This is a more casual way of tying it, and works even better with thicker scarves.
Fourth Way: Long Jacket
Ready for your mind to be blown? You can make jackets out of your scarves! I know…I freaked out a little bit too. There are couple of ways to tie a long jacket. In the pictures below I put the scarf around my neck and let it hang. Then I took the two shorter corners and tied them together behind by back, letting the long corners hang down the front.
Another easy way is to open the scarf wide the horizontal way, and hold it behind your back like you would a bath towel. Take the two top corners and tie them together in front of you, and then slip your head through the circle, letting the knot rest on the back of your neck. Again — magic!!!!
Styling the scarf like a long jacket is chic, a little edgy, and adds a pop of interest to my all black look.
Fifth Way: Short Jacket
The last style is a great way to show off the beautiful artistry of this Elizabeth Gillett scarf. It was not the easiest to tie with frozen fingers on a chilly winter day, but you should have no problems at home… :)
Hold the scarf open horizontally and fold it in half (right side meets left). Keep the folded scarf horizontal, and fold it in half again. Next, tie the top two corners together, and the bottom two corners together. Then slip your arms into the loops you just created, so that the knots are under each armpit. Viola! You have yourself a little jacket. This way of styling will be on heavy rotation next wedding season, when I want a stylish way of covering up in church!
Hopefully Scarf-ology 101 has restored your faith in these non-blanket scarves. They are a timeless and versatile accessory that can add a little flair to just about any look. If you’re searching for the perfect gift this holiday season, or just looking to add to your own collection, you can find Elizabeth Gillett‘s scarves in Neiman Marcus and Von Maur.
So which way was your favorite way to tie the scarf? Any fun new ways I didn’t mention? Leave it in the comments below!