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Learn More About Scarves
Adding a scarf to your outfit is easy and makes an instant impact. There are so many different ways to style a scarf depending on the material it’s made from, the length, and the look you’re trying to achieve.
The most classic way to style a scarf is looped around your neck, either wrapped with one end on each side of your shoulder, or by folding the scarf in half and pulling the ends through the loop. This style keeps the scarf a bit snugger around your neck which can add some more warmth. with the ends pulled through with one end tucked under the loop so it doesn't come undone.
You can also drape a scarf over your shoulders and secure it with a shawl pin or decorative brooch. This is a stylish way to sport a scarf throughout the day, even indoors. Or, add a coat and head out to brave the cooler temperatures.
In addition to traditional cool weather scarves that are long rectangles, you’ll find many more popular types of scarves to style with your next outfit.
- A blanket scarf (or wrap scarf) is typically a large square. These work well when folded in half and draped over the shoulders like a shawl.
- Cowls are a type of scarf that’s shaped like a closed loop. It’s slipped on over your head and rests at your shoulders, and there are no hanging tails.
- Summer scarves are made from lightweight, breathable materials.
- Silk square scarves were popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s. These vintage scarves can be worn as hair accessories or tied around the neck.
- Cute scarves can be wrapped around a ponytail or tied in a loose knot at your neck (a very Parisian style!).
- Modern designs and silk scarves can be used as a headband or knotted around a purse handle for a colorful accent.
Scarves can be made from a variety of materials, which is one of the reasons they're so versatile. A wool or wool-blend scarf will be much warmer and more suitable for winter days than a cotton flannel, which is just right for that in-between weather that fall brings. Luxury cashmere scarves and fuzzy mohair blend scarves are other warm weaves made for cool weather.
Silk scarves are instantly recognizable for their sheen and softness. They’re made from all-natural fibers and can be solid or patterned. Satin scarves are an affordable alternative to silk designs. Cotton, bamboo, and rayon are common materials for summer scarves.
No matter which material you’re drawn to, the small shops on Etsy often offer different types of customization including your choice of colors, patterns, lengths, and accents like tassels or fringe. Some scarves can be personalized with your initials or monogram, too.