10 Ways To Tie A Scarf Around Your Neck To Stay Cozy (And Fashionable) This Winter

A scarf can add a stylish touch to any outfit but how you place it can also give another dimension to your look.

Here we look at some ways you can tie your scarf to stay cozy and fashionable this winter.

The methods highlighted below are applied best to a basic long, rectangular scarf. But square-shaped scarves can also work across these methods by folding the scarf into a rectangular shape.

1. Basic Drape

This virtually zero-effort method requires you to put the scarf around your neck and let both ends just hang on either side.

This is a great way to showcase the full design of scarves with unique or signature prints, such as a classic scarf from Burberry.

Buy the scarf at Burberry.

A man wearing a scarf in winter.
A man sporting the simple "basic drape" scarf look. iStock/Getty Images Plus

2. Drape Over the Neck

Another low-maintenance look, this method follows the same steps as above and requires the extra step of placing one end of the scarf around the front of your neck and letting it hang over your shoulder.

A man wearing a scarf.
A man with one end of a scarf draped over his neck. iStock/Getty Images Plus

3. Back Drape

You could follow method no. 2 but also do the same with the other end of the scarf, letting both ends hang down your back.

4. Front Tie

Hang the scarf around your neck (as in method no. 1) and tie the two ends at the front, letting both ends loosely hang.

A scarf with a simple tie.
A scarf with a simple tie. iStock/Getty Images Plus

5. Basic Loop

Follow method no. 1 but take one end of the scarf and do a full loop around your neck before letting it hang on the same side again.

A woman wearing a hat, scarf, gloves.
A woman sporting a winter look, wearing a hat, scarf and leather gloves. iStock/Getty Images Plus

6. Loop and Tie

For a slightly more jazzed up look, loop the scarf around your neck (as in method no. 5) and tie both ends in a knot closer to your neck.

7. Loop Through

Create a cozy and snug look with this loop method. Fold your scarf in half and place it around your neck (as in method no. 1). Place the ends of the scarf through the loophole created on the other side of the folded scarf. Push the loop as high up as you see fit.

This look can work well with a long but slightly chunkier scarf, like a zig zag wool scarf from Missoni or a plush plaid scarf from Marcus Adler.

Buy the Missoni scarf at Bloomingdale's and the Marcus Adler scarf at Macy's.

A large scarf tied in a loop.
A scarf with its end placed through a loophole. iStock/Getty Images Plus

8. Double Front Loop

Follow the same steps as in method no. 7, but this time place one end of the scarf through the existing loophole, twist the loop once to create a second hole and place the other end of the scarf through the additional loop to complete the look.

9. Neckerchief

This method works better with a square-shaped scarf. Fold the scarf in half to form a triangular shape. Then wrap the two ends on the longest side of the triangle around the front of your neck, so that the opposite point (where the shorter sides of the triangle shape meet) hangs below down over your chest.

This look is another nice way to show off scarves with striking prints, such as the Crisany Watercolor Silk Square Scarf from Ted Baker.

Buy the Ted Baker scarf at Bloomingdales.

A red bandana style scarf.
A red bandana style scarf that works well for the "neckerchief" scarf tie. iStock/Getty Images Plus

10. The Wraparound

This elegant look can be created using a large, blanket style scarf. Open the scarf up and drape it over your shoulders and back. Then simply take one side of the scarf and drape it across your chest, perching it partially on the shoulder. Do the same with the other side of the scarf to complete the wrap around your chest.

Try this look with a large blanket scarf from French Connection.

Buy the French Connection scarf at Bloomingdale's.

A woman wearing two scarves.
A woman wearing a large blanket style scarf and smaller neck scarf. iStock/Getty Images Plus

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