How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Are you wondering how to tie a scarf for beginners? Check out these tips and simple examples of how to wear your favorite scarf today.

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How to tie a scarf for beginners

How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

I’ve been looking for information about how to tie a scarf for beginners for a while now. I love wearing scarves, especially when the weather is cool, but I really don’t want a casual way to wear it that doesn’t involve multiple steps.

Normally, I just wrap the ends around my neck and call it good enough. After organizing and decluttering my wardrobe, I found a few cute scarves that I forgot I had. I plan on wearing them this spring to celebrate. 

Drape it

One of the easiest ways to tie a scarf is to simply drape it over your shoulders. Depending on the scarf and the outfit, this method may be the simplest casual style to try. It works best for scarves that are not too long and with casual outfits.

How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

Infinity scarves

If you have a scarf that is longer, you can easily wear it as an infinity scarf. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Fold the scarf in half and tie the ends together to create a large loop.
  • Hang the loop over your neck with the knot at the back.
  • Twist the scarf up and over your head.
  • Fluff and style carefully until the scarf looks like one fluid ring.

How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

Double wrap

The Double Wrap is another simple scarf style that works for many outfits. Here’s how you can achieve this simple style:

  • Begin with the scarf behind your neck and the ends draping in front of you.
  • Cross the scarf in front of you and bring the ends behind your neck.
  • Cross again, and return the ends of the scarf to the front.
  • Fluff and adjust until the ends are even.

How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

Oversized scarves

Oversized scarves can be worn as shawls by draping them over your shoulder and allowing them to cascade down your back.

This style works wonderfully when you’re wearing a formal dress that is strapless or has an off the shoulder design. The scarf adds both style and warmth to your outfit.

How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

Tying a scarf

Tying a square scarf can be a challenge for some. Thankfully, there is an easy way to wear this scarf that you can master in just a few minutes.

  • Fold the scarf in half to make a triangle.
  • Put the ends of the triangle behind your neck.
  • Tie the ends in the back and tuck the knot under the scarf.
  • If the scarf is very large, instead of tying the ends of the triangle behind your neck, you can bring them to the front and tuck them under the triangle.

How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

Summer wrap

If you would like to try something a bit more complicated than these simple beginner scarf styles, you can make a fun summer wrap by following the simple directions below.  ‘

Just watch the picture and repeat the steps yourself. That would be such a cute style with a pair of denim shorts and a tank top this summer.

How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners

What’s your favorite way to wear a scarf?

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4 thoughts on “How to Tie a Scarf for Beginners”

  1. I have tons of scarves and love them. I also have lots of fabric pieces that would work like you showed in the blog. I previously pinned a slew of scarf How-To’s, so think I’m set! I love how they can dress up even a plain tee shirt.

  2. What a fun article! I love the idea of creating a summer wrap! I also often just drape long scarves over my shoulders. I really like the look and it’s perfect for warmer weather when you don’t want anything around your neck.


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