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How do I tie thee? Let me count the ways.

The Oblong Scarf

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I think I was in my mid to late 20’s when I wore my first scarf that I bought to go along with this solid navy lightweight knit outfit (sleeveless dress and matching sweater). The scarf was long with various shades of blue including a navy identical to my outfit. I was hooked.

Sadly, I no longer have that first scarf but I have since collected a number of them in different colors, shapes, textures and some even have embellishments. In recent years infinity scarves (as the name implies simply have no ends), have been all the rage. These loop scarves, like their predecessors, come in differing lengths, colors, fabrics and textures.

Hinge Patchwork Print Scarf. Bold patterns intensify the graphic appeal of a gauzy, fringe-trimmed scarf. 28 inches wide by 76 inches long. 100 percent wool. Colors are shades of teal and white.
Hinge Patchwork Print Scarf
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I really like the warm cozy ones suitable for this cold weather we’ve been experiencing in the northeast but with my “private summers” I know I’d feel trapped and would need to take it off. I give kudos to women who can wear them in the summer because I’d probably burst into flames. So for today I want to deliberate on the long scarf.

Women's Fringed Infinity Scarf loose knit 100 percent acrylic with fringes. Coral colored. www.lifeisgood.com
Women’s Fringed Infinity Scarf
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How do you wear a long scarf?

Scarves are an excellent accessory that can be worn with or in place of necklaces. And you can’t beat the versatility. I’m going to give you 6 ideas on how to wear/tie a long scarf:

Echo Print Wool Scarf A crisp, abstract print lends modern sophistication to a crinkled wool scarf trimmed with eyelash fringe. Colors are shades of tangerine 30 inches wide by 80 inches long 100 percent wool. shop.nordstrom.com
Echo Print Wool Scarf
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  1. Drape scarf around your neck and allow it to hang loose without tying.
  2. Drape scarf around your neck, take one end, cross over your body to flip the end over your shoulder, and allow it to hang loose without tying. You can also add a pretty brooch where the scarf overlaps.
  3. Drape scarf around your neck and tie the ends in a loose single knot and allow it to hang similar to a necklace.
  4. Hold the scarf lengthwise in front of you and drape it over your shoulders so that the ends are draped down your back without tying. This looks especially nice with a dress or a dressy pants suit.
  5. Hold the scarf lengthwise in front of you and drape it over your shoulders so that the ends are draped down your back. Take each end and cross them in the back and bring to the front. You can leave the loop in the front against your neck or pull it for slack to let it hang a little loose.
  6. Fold the scarf lengthwise, drape around your neck, take the loose ends and place them in the loop. You can leave the loop loose or pull the loose ends to bring it closer against your neck. If I have a long enough scarf I like to take one of the loose ends and fling it over one or both shoulders.
Women Fashion Long Soft Wrap Lady Shawl Leopard Chiffon Long Scarf Stole 70 inches long by 43 inches wide. Colors are shades of tan and black.
Women Fashion Long Soft Wrap Lady Shawl Leopard Chiffon Long Scarf Stole
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There are many ways to wear scarves and over the course of the next couple of weeks I will share some interesting uses for scarves that you might not have considered.

“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” ~Coco Chanel

One thought on “How do I tie thee? Let me count the ways.

  1. I have a knit scarf that I sometimes wore in the winter. There were times I wore the scarf flipped over one shoulder. I’ve not done that for a very long time. Maybe I’ll have to start doing this again.

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