How To Tie This Season's On-Trend Scarves

If you Google it, YouTube it, or even search in our own history, you'll see that there are upwards of a gazillion ways (give or take) to tie a scarf. Some require the dexterity of an octopus with the nimble hands of a small child, and others call for folds and tucks so complicated, they make origami swans look like no big deal. Here's the thing about scarves: They're supposed to be functional. And, if putting one on takes more time than you're actually spending out in the cold, then you're doing it wrong.
The best kinds of tying styles are easy enough to do without a mirror, fool-proof enough to look good no matter how haphazardly accomplished, and specific enough to show off your scarf's signature details. Just as there's a rainbow of different scarves on the racks, there are myriad ways to tie them — learn how to execute a few of our favorites, right this way.
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The Fringed Scarf
If you just do a simple loop around your neck, all the lovely, long fringe will look like a painter's brush, which is a whole lot more poetic-sounding than than it is artful, aesthetically. Opt for a shoulder drape that lets you go for maximum fringiness.
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Fold the scarf in half diagonally, or if it's rectangular-shaped, fold it in half the short way first, and then diagonally, as best you can. Tie two corners together around your neck, bandana-style.
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Tied this way, the scarf lies flat against your chest and high up your neck, which makes it a great match-up to those shawl- and blazer-style coats that don't fasten all the way up.

DKNY jacket.
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The Faux-Fur Rope
Brit-brand Shrimps launched a trend with their boa constrictor-like scarves made in candy-colored fuzz. They're warm and snuggly, but getting too twist-happy can make you look like a muppet.
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That's why you should treat the scarf as a sash and just drape it loosely around your neck. Criss cross it in front once and secure with a brooch if you need some extra warmth.

American Retro leather jacket, DKNY Pure tunic.
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These scarves look great with short, tough-looking jackets or classic coats with wide lapels.
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The Knit Scarf
There's never going to be a winter where this accessory is out of style. To look like a fashion girl and not like a caroler, though, requires some wrap work.
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Grab onto one end of the scarf and hold it by your collarbone as you loop the scarf around and around your neck until you've run out of material. Tuck in the ends to form a full, cozy snood.

Risto sweater.
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This scarf should be loose enough that you can bury your face into it, but not so loose that you're constantly fidgeting with runaway ends.

Jennifer Chun skirt.
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The Blanket Scarf
Inspired by all the poncho-style coats we've been seeing, we're going to show you the coziest way to wear a blanket scarf.
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Holding two opposite ends of the scarf, loosely drape it around your shoulders and tie once, making sure that one point lies down flat against your back. Shift it off your shoulder asymmetrically, so it looks a little less Little Red Riding Hood's Grandma.

H&M sweater.
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If it comes undone a little, that's totally fine — it'll be all the more cozy! Wear it with chunky knits, moto jackets, and other substantial tops.

Suno skirt.
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The Bandanna Scarf
Made of cut fabric (but bigger than a hankie), a bandanna scarf typically features a fun print (that you should try to show off).
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To wear it, roughly fold the bandanna in half, diagonally, and bring each end around the back of your neck and loop back around. You should have a the tip of the triangle pointing at your belly button and the ends laying on either side.

Suno vest.
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To keep it secure, you could either tie a knot underneath or over the main swath, but we like the look of it untied.
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