The ultimate of all accessories is the Silk Scarf. Wether long, square, big or small these simple creations can make all the difference, not only to your appearance but also in keeping warm. I started wearing silk or cotton scarf when living in France. For some reason I had more courage to wear them there plus they are worn by many French women as an elegant accessory. I think in the UK many people worry about how to tie their scarf and so generally have tented to wear them less. They can look beautiful and stylish if you know how to wear them. So below are some hints as to how to wear and tie your silk scarves. We sell both square and long silk scarves so I will show you below various ways how to tie both.
Silk scarves are a wonderful wardrobe staple. They add colour, texture, and interest to any outfit, and are an ideal way to keep the winter chill off your neck. Try one of these many styles of tying your favorite silk scarf to enhance any style.
Creating the basic knot around the neck. This is one of the most classic styles for a square silk scarf. Lay your scarf out flat on a table. Carefully fold two of the corners to meet each other, creating a triangle. Then taking the two corners sitting together and start folding inwards in 5cm sections. This will leave you with a long rectangular scarf that can be wrapped around your neck and tied in a simple knot. Knot can either be worn at the front of the neck or at the side at a jaunty angle.
Square scarves are also a great way to tie your hair back. There are two ways to do this:
1. Fold the scarf in half diagonally to create a large triangle. Drape the scarf over your head with the two tail ends at the nape of your neck, and the large triangle covering the top of your head. Tie the ends together in a knot underneath your hair to finish the look.
2. Lay your scarf flat out on a table, fold in half diagonally and then roll the scarf up to create a long narrow stretchy piece of fabric. Place the centre of the scarf under your hair line at the back of your neck and bring the two ends up and tie together in a knot a the top of your forehead. Then slip the scarf back slightly at the top of your forehead to a position that is both comfortable for you and keeps your hair off your face. The knot can either remain in the centre of your head of be slipped round to one side for a slightly more jaunty look.
This is a wonderful silk scarf to wear under a coat to keep you warm in the winter. Simply fold the scarf in half to create a triangle. Drape the scarf around your neck with the point of the triangle resting down your back and then bring the 2 other points and tie them loosely around your neck. The extra layer of silk under your coat will really keep your warm.
These are extremely versatile and can be even worn as a sash belt. Below are some examples of how to tie and wear them:
Tied with a bow. Wrap the scarf around your neck a couple of times leaving the ends long enough to tie in a bow. After tying adjust the bow by stretching out the silk in the bow loops for a full and attractive bow. The bow will feel more comfortable and look better worn slightly to one side.
To tie just with a knot – Again wrap the silk scarf around your neck a couple of times this time leaving long enough ties to make a small neat knot. This can be worn either at the front of the neck or slightly to one side.
Wearing double under a coat. Fold the long narrow scarf in half lengthways. Place around your neck and then pass the 2 ends through the loop you created when folding the scarf in half. Pull the 2 end downwards pulling the scarf gentley around your neck. This creates a warm tie if wearing the scarf under a coat.
Wrap the silk scarf once around the neck and then tie loosely at the front leaving the long elegant ties to fall long down the front of your shirt, cardigan or jumper.
Worn as a Sash Belt. If you have a plain dress using these scarves as a sash belt is a great way to dress up your outfit. The belt can be tied either on the hips or around your waist.
An essential tip – How not to loose your scarf
If you are wearing your silk scarf under a coat and want to take it off when going inside I suggest you place the scarf in the inside arm of your coat to avoid loosing it. You will automatically find your scarf again when putting on your coat.
We also sell some divine Cashmere Scarves which you can find here