How to wear your scarves in different ways: my 9 ideas

by Sylvia

How to wear scarves

In order to give you some inspiration and motivation, I started mixing and matching some scarves of my own. Of course I got my inspiration from my own how to wear scarves Pinterest board.

And let me tell you, once you get going mixing and matching scarves with your outfits, the sky is the limit. I could have come up with many more combinations if I did not have any time constraints…..

Colorful scarves to combine with black and white

One of my favorite ways to wear scarves is to wear them with a white button down shirt or top. If you have nice colourful scarves, like the ones I’m wearing above, they will combine greatly with black bottoms or any other colour you may have. It’s a great way to add your best colours close to your face, if white tends to wash you out a bit.

The simple relaxed way of wearing your scarf on the left is one of the more popular styles lately and it’s a nice way to show off the beautiful design and colours of your scarf.

The scarf on the right actually enables me to wear this really low cut top that I would normally have to wear with something underneath. Adding the scarf covers up the chest area and adds some fabulous colours to the white, which makes the outfit more modern and in line with the current trends.

Scarves to add colour to black

Scarves worn with black

Black is almost never the best hue to wear close to your face, and a scarf is an excellent way to add that much needed colour.

I used to wear scarves a lot as a necklace as shown on the left, in the days I worked for a scarf design company. The picture on the right shows one of the most straight forward ways to wear a square scarf.

Scarves worn as a belt

Scarves worn as belt

Another easy way to wear a scarf is to tie them around your waist. You can do this with both square and long scarves (sas seen on the right). A nice way to add a bit of extra colour to an otherwise 1 or 2 toned outfit and an easy way to create the currently very hip peplum look.

Scarves worn with white

A scarf is a great way to add colour to an all white outfit, as seen on the right. Great if you want to highlight or bring back the colour of your fabulous shoes!

Or how about wearing your square scarf as a top. Fabulous for a stroll on the beach and very sexy! For those in colder weather, you could also use this method to wear the scarf as a top underneath your blazer or jacket.

Scarves worn as a top

Another, more demure version, of a scarf worn as a top. This scarf was slightly bigger so you can make your top bigger as well and tie it slightly higher at the back. Great look for a summer holiday beach stroll.

As mentioned before, I still had many more combinations to try, but ran out of time. There are so many other ways you can wear your scarves as well. It’s a lot of fun to play with them and create some new exciting outfits.

What is your most preferred way to wear a scarf?

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeannie@gracefully50

Sylvia, I love how you wore your scarves!!!! You are looking quite gorgeous!


2 Sylvia

Thanks Jeannie. It was fun to play with them!


3 traceyliz65

I do have sashes that aren’t really scarves that i love in the spring and summer as belts to add pattern . Clever way you used it go make the backless top!


4 Sylvia

And I’ve discovered a few exciting scarves to create that look with too!


5 Playing with Scarves

Dear Sylvia,
You are such a sweet heart to mention my scarf CD. Many thanks!
You look absolutely stunning on all these photos and I love each of your tips. You are so right: wearing and tying a scarf is one thing, matching it with the right colors and the right garments / accessories is something else. Who would think about matching a scarf with shoes? That’s such a great idea!
It’s hard to tell which photo I like the best. You are awesome on all of them. If I had to choose though I would probably mention the one with your scarf as a bright halter top which beautifully complements your white trousers. Lovely scarf, lovely way to wear it, lovely Lady!
Have a great week,
Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)


6 Sylvia

Thanks Anne. Your CD certainly helped with the inspiration and it was great to get my scarves out of the drawer and use them!


7 Ofelia

I like to wear my scarves as belts all the time.
You look very French!
I had read many fashion articles about French women and their scarves and I must say that you can give then a run for their money.


8 Sylvia

Thanks Ofelia for the nice compliment. It’s actually not that difficult to create that french chic with a scarf!


9 Marla

I love wearing scarves. These are lovely and I love how you styled them.


10 Sylvia

Thanks Marla!


11 aileen

Well, to be honest, I am amazed seeing all the fabulous looks you’ve created with your scarves Sylvia. I never imagined they could be so versatile and create so many different looks.
You look amazing in all the photos, but I think look number 2 is my favourite, followed by the all white outfits. What an amazing inspiration you are!


12 Sylvia

There are so many ways to wear scarves Aileen. Many options that I haven’t tried yet, like adding them to my hair or tying them to one of my bags….


13 aileen

Sounds interesting Sylvia, tying them to a bag or in your hair. Can’t wait to see you styling hair and bags sometime.


14 Red Tag Chic Los Angeles

Scarves are my fave accessory……so versatile & could switch a look in seconds!!!



15 Sylvia

They are! I know I would wear them so much more if I lived in colder weather….


16 The Style Crone

You wear your scarves with such style! Very inspiring post.


17 Sylvia

Thanks Judith!


18 Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud

Sylvia! You’ve outdone yourself- I like the different styling- especially good pairing the brightly colored scarves with black and white- so insanely chic!


19 Sylvia

Yes, scarves on white never fails!


20 Greetje Kamminga

Because of all this scarf talk, from you and Ann (Playing with Scarves) I have discovered a lot more ways to wear scarfs. Thanks. As you know, I have entered the challenge but you definitely beat me. Very good show! The top left way is a new one for me. And what a perfect scarf too.


21 Sylvia

Can you believe it’s already more than 20 years old! But yes, still beautiful. Glad you enjoyed the show.


22 Heidi/The Closet Coach

I love all of these options. You and Une Femme d’un Certain Age ( are scarf soul sisters 🙂


23 Sylvia

Thanks Heidi!


24 Petra

You are really, really clever the way you paired up neat scarf “styles” with different outfits – they all match perfectly! Methinks you had fun with this!


25 Sylvia

I sure did Petra. Thanks!


26 Ylenia

wow, these are really cool ideas. I haven’t thought about it actually.
in fact, I use scarfes only to protect me from the cold weather, not much as adornment.
and these 9 ideas? great! I am going to print the pics and stick it into my wardrobe 🙂


27 Sylvia

Thanks Ylenia. Glad you liked the inspiration. Start creating your own pictures as well from yourself wearing scarves!


28 Trina Grandinetti

Sylvia, these are all so creative and fun. This was what I needed to get me motivated for the challenge. You make it look so easy.


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