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The Way To Tie A Scarf

Aah, the scarf - we all know that piece of fabric of approximately 10 inches wide, 70 inches long designed to drape around your neck. We still remember that smothering feeling we got as a kid when our sweet mother tied our scarf so tight we could barely breath. Growing older, we left more space allowing the necessary oxygen to flow freely, but for most of us the knot never changed. Since originality is only variation, we'll show you 5 ways to tie your scarf: pick your favorite, but dare to vary.

Before you begin, respect a few ground rules such as: keep it simple – complicated sailor knots won’t make you happy when it comes to scarves. Keep the length and thickness of your scarf in mind and choose your knot wisely. Scarves are no neckties so wear them loose – think of that stiffling feeling you had as a kid when your mather tied your scarf and try to avoid that feeling at all times. And always choose function before style, unless you’re a rock star or a fashion guru.

The Drape

This ‘knot’ is the easiest one since there is no knot: you simply drape the scarf over the neck and the front of your chest under your overcoat. It’s a loose way of wearing a scarf meant more for ornamentation than actual warmth. You can perfectly combine it with your suit and tie ensemble, making it a perfect knot for business purposes.

The overhand (Ascot) knot

One of the simplest knots which can be worn higher or lower according to your personal taste. Normally it hangs a bit looser around the neck than other knots/wraps, so this style is more show than function. Take the scarf and lay it over your shoulders. Take both ends of the scarf, and tie them “over-and-under,” as if you were to going to tie your shoelaces. Adjust the front to be a bit smooth and tighten closer to the neck as desired.

The fake knot

Our personal favorite, because it's slightly different than the others. The fake knot looks more elaborate than it is. It uses a bit of deception to achieve the desired look, hence the name. This knot shows up best with a patterned scarf or a scarf with a thicker weave. Hang the scarf around your neck with one end being twice as long as the other. Tie a loose over-hand knot near the end of the shorter side, leaving about 12-18 inches on the end. Tug the knot apart slightly and slip the other end straight through and tighten to the desired length. 

The once round knot

A simple tie that keeps your neck warm and which can be used with all lengths of scarves. Take the scarf and wrap it once around your neck, leaving two ends dangling in the front. Easy does it! 

The Parisian or French knot

Also called slip or just simple style. This is fast and easy to tie and creates a large, warm knot right at the collar of a coat or jacket, making it a good wind-stopper. Bulky scarves do not work well as the end knot can appear too large. Fold the scarf in half at the middle so that the ends touch and hold the doubled-over bend in one hand while passing the loose ends around the back of your neck with the other. Tuck the ends through the bend and pull snug. Adjust as needed.