27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf

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The Many Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf

It’s that wonderful time of year when you get to bring the boots out of the closet and start to anticipate the time for cozy scarves and sweaters.

Fall is the most popular time to wear scarves and there is no doubt that this fun accessory can change the look of an outfit in one second, not to mention that they will help to keep you warm during these chillier months.

Scarves have become a wardrobe essential and I like them because they are easy on the pocketbook. Yes, you can splurge on a Hermes scarf or real Pashmina, but the bulk of these accessories can be found for under $30.

Because we are always looking for different ways to wear a scarf, I’ve put together a fun style guide for you! So check out 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf, which provide a variety of ways on how to wear scarves and outfits that pair well with a scarf.

This scarf outfit guide doesn’t just cover fall outfits, but also includes a few ways to wear a lightweight scarf in the summer and spring to add color and texture to an outfit. Use this scarf guide as an inspiration to incorporate scarves into your outfits year round, not just when the leaves start to turn color.

If you love scarves as much as I do, I know you’ll love this guide! Continue scrolling to read a ton of style tips and advice when it comes to wearing scarves!


Scarves come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. They can have embellishments or fringe and there are different ways to wear each type of scarf, depending on size and your personal style.

Rectangular Scarves

Rectangular scarves, also known as oblong scarves, are probably the most popular scarf to wear these days. These long scarves can be worn loose, looped, or knotted in multiple ways. There are so many ways to wear a scarf like this, spring, summer, fall or winter. Materials range from lightweight cotton to silk to wool, and a variety of blended materials. You can find them in solids, florals, prints, stripes and plaids. They also come in knitted versions, from lacy to chunky.

Square Scarves

Square scarves are less common these days and come in a variety of sizes from 16 to 60 inches. Smaller square scarves are called a neckerchief. These always remind me of flight attendants, with their jaunty colors tied around their neck, seemingly worn for no particular reason. There is also the bandanna, a more informal type of small square scarf that is used for practical purposes during physical activity, like hiking. Both of these can also serve as a headscarf. Larger squares, like your classic Hermes, can be tied and worn in a variety of styles. Materials range from lightweight cotton to silk to wool, and a variety of blended materials. You can find them in solids, florals, prints, stripes and plaids.

Infinity or Loop Scarves

Infinity or loop scarves are relatively new on the scene and have gained popularity over the last few years for their ease of use. They are what I call “throw and go” scarves. You throw them on, loop them once, and go. Easy peasy. These come in some really nice lightweight summer florals madras check, or stripes for summer, and heavier cotton, silk, and wool blends for winter in a variety of plaids, prints, and solids. Like their rectangular counterparts, they can also come in knitted versions, from lacy to chunky.

Pashmina Scarves

True Pashmina scarves are made from the wool of the Kashmir Pashmina goat. These goats, found in the Himalayas, provide a fine wool that is woven into beautiful and soft scarves that are very costly, but can keep you very warm. Most of what you will find in the stores is a knock-off made of a more typical cashmere, a silk/pashmina blend, or even cotton. Originally, Pashminas were large rectangular scarves that could envelop the head, neck and shoulders for modesty, warmth, or against the elements. Today, you can find them in medium or large squares or long rectangles. Many have a fringe element.

Ways to Tie a Scarf

If you need idea or help on different ways to tie a scarf check out the video below! I found this video while doing some research on different ways to tie a scarf, it’s from Nordstrom! Make sure you hit play because it’s a great video and super simple ideas that you can replicate.

How to Wear a Scarf

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty on ways to wear a scarf. While there are endless possibilities, I’ve detailed out 27 different ways to wear a scarf, along with some suggestions for outfits with scarves. So let this guide get you started on your scarf-wearing journey.

Scarf Outfit #1 drap a scarf and accentuate with a skinny belt - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

1. Wear a Scarf with a Belt

If you’re looking to wear a scarf in an attention-grabbing way, don’t wrap it around your neck. Instead, wear a neutral or monochromatic outfit, and let the scarf be the star of the show. This is how to wear a scarf in a non-typical way. Let the scarf fall in front of your outfit and pair it with a skinny belt. This way to wear a scarf can only be done with a larger scarf, typically rectangular or square. You want the scarf to end mid-thigh to just above your knee and be large enough to make a statement. In this cute fall outfit, I went with a black-and-white look and added a gray plaid scarf to complete the look. For summer, a pretty floral or pattern would work just as well.

Scarf Outfit #2 Wear an oversized scarf with a moto jacket and fun leopard print heels- Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

2. Wear a Scarf with a Jacket

Putting together a chic city outfit is always fun. To soften it up, add a slightly oversized knit scarf. Pair your favorite black leather moto jacket with a scarf in the same color family to keep the cool vibe. In this fall outfit, I wore a gray knit scarf with a moto jacket, skinny jeans and leopard print heels. I also made sure I matched the color of the scarf with a clothing piece in my outfit; in this case, it was the long-sleeve shirt under the moto jacket. This scarf outfit is not only chic, it will keep you warm on those chilly days.

Scarf Outfit #3 a black and white scarf outfit - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

3. Wear a white scarf outfit

At a time when everyone is wearing fall seasonal colors, stand out by wearing black and white. In this fall outfit, I used the scarf as my starting point. I wanted to create a stylish outfit that made this scarf shine. I started with black on the bottom—leggings and heels, and wore a stark white on top, starting with a blazer and topping that off with a matching white scarf. (If you’re going to try this, make sure the whites match!) You could achieve the same type of look with a pair of black skinny jeans and boots and a white button-down menswear shirt with the white scarf.

Scarf Outfit #4 For a nice fall outfit pair a mustard yellow sweater with plaid scarf and riding boots - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

4. Wear a scarf with a sweater

Have you ever put together an outfit and thought something is missing? Well, try adding a scarf! Plaid is the perfect print for a scarf, with the checks coming in a variety of colors, making them easy to pair with multiple outfits. In this stylish fall outfit—which I wore for a Thanksgiving family dinner—I paired dark-wash jeans with riding boots, a mustard sweater, and an infinity gray plaid scarf. I made sure the gray matched something else in the outfit, so the gray cuffs on the sweater are the coordinating touch.

Scarf Outfit #5 A stylish outfit to wear while traveling - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

5. Wear a jersey scarf with a Blazer

If subtle is your signature look, go for a smaller scarf in a dark color that will blend into the entire outfit. Jersey is a knit fabric that is soft and has a bit of give or stretch to it. It’s comfortable to wear and can easily be manipulated with ties and knots. Because you can find them in a variety of solids, patterns, prints and plaid, they are easy to use to complete an outfit. In this instance, you’ll want to use a dark solid jersey scarf, like I did in this outfit I wore while sightseeing in Florence. I wanted to look dressy but still be comfortable. To add dimension to this outfit, I completed the outfit with a black jersey infinity scarf. (Note: You can also use a rectangular scarf that you look and knot in the back.)

Scarf Outfit #06 Wrap your plaid scarf and pair it with a matching colored coat, black jeans and ankle boots - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

6. How to wear a scarf with a peacoat

You can wear a scarf for its original purpose, to keep you warm. In fact, I highly recommend you wear them on every cold day! I wore this stylish winter outfit while in Venice where it was absolutely freezing. I wrapped this warm plaid scarf around my neck twice to keep me warm. This gray plaid scarf is the lighter item in my outfit, as I wanted to add some dimension to this look. Keep this in mind when putting together your outfit. If you are wearing solids, add some print or pattern or even a texture. If your outfit already has a pattern or print to it, keep your scarf to a solid color, with or without a texture.

Scarf Outfit #07 Wear a light silk scarf with a silk bomber and casual tee and jeans - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

7. How to wear a scarf in the spring

As you can see so far, there are a lot of ways to wear a scarf during the colder months—with more ideas to come! But I want you to know that scarves are a year-round accessory. Even though they are more popular in the fall and winter, you can incorporate them into your summer and spring outfits. Go with lightweight materials and pastels or summer bright colors. They are perfect for the early morning chill and can be shed later in the day if it gets too warm. In this casual spring outfit, I wore a lightweight burgundy-and-pink scarf with a fun pattern. Perfect paired with jeans, t-shirt, and a boyfriend sweater, but it could also work with shorts or a skirt and a tee or tank.

Scarf Outfit #8 Wear a large cozy scarf with fur snow boots and fair isle leggings - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

8. Wear a Cozy Scarf to the snow

There is no better time to wear a warm and cozy scarf than in the snow. Not only is it fashionable, it will help to keep the snowflake flurries from entering the neck of your sweater or jacket. This is one of my favorite snow outfits. When I picture snow, I picture Fair Isle leggings and cozy scarves. To create a cute snow outfit, I paired a large white cozy scarf with blue knit cardigan, Fair Isle leggings, and fur snow boots! When wearing a scarf to the snow, before all else, make sure it can serve its purpose and keep you warm! And because it will get wet from the snow, make sure it is made of a material that will dry more quickly, like a cotton or wool blend.

Scarf Outfit #9 Pair riding boots with olive green leggings and plaid scarf for a stylish and comfortable sightseeing outfit - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

9. Wear a scarf when traveling

If you’re traveling and it’s not quite hot and not quite cold, a scarf is a great accessory to wear for unpredictable weather. Plaid is a classic pattern and you can buy one in neutral colors (black, gray, brown, beige, navy or white) so that it can be worn with almost any outfit. While sightseeing in Rome it wasn’t cold enough for a coat, so I wore a plaid scarf with a heavy cable-knot sweater. When it got cold, I unwrapped it from my neck, extended it and wrapped it around my shoulders. When it started to rain, I was able to use the scarf to cover my hair. A scarf can be very versatile, and a handy item to have when traveling. (Think: lap blanket or folded up to make a pillow!)

Scarf Outfit #10 Cropped denim jacket, white button down, white shorts and blue accessories - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

10. How to Wear a Summer Scarf

Lightweight skinny scarves are great for the summer! If you’re looking for a way to wear a scarf in the summer, go bright! A light summer scarf is perfect for adding an extra bit of color to a summer outfit without adding any bulk. In this summer outfit, the entire outfit was white and blue so to add some contrast I wore a bright yellow scarf. Instead of wrapping it around my neck I simply tied it half way down and let it hang.

Scarf Outfit #11 - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

11. How to Wear a Scarf to Work

Wearing a scarf to the office can be a little tricky. You don’t want to create an outfit around a scarf, because once you enter a warm office, it will come right off. So think of the scarf as a fun touch or added accessory to your work attire. In this fall work outfit, I paired my burgundy trousers with brown ankle boots, a gray sweater and matching gray plaid scarf. The scarf is not an essential piece of the outfit and can be removed at any time. (And notice how much wear I am getting out of that one plaid scarf!)

Scarf Outfit #12 For a stylish at work fall outfit pair a royal purple scarf with a patterned blouse and matching blazer and heels - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

12. Wear a Scarf with a Blazer

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there is a theme with my scarf outfits. I usually like to match the scarf color to something I’m wearing in the outfit. This dressy scarf outfit is another perfect example. This outfit works so well because of the contrasting fabrics and colors. The light silk blouse contrasts with the heavy blazer. The bright blazer and heels contrast with the black pants. It’s all about balance and coordination. The bright scarf enhances the colors of the blouse, plus it made me so happy to wear it!

Scarf Outfit #27 To get into the Fall Holiday spirit pair a plaid scarf with fun accessories and distressed denim - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

13. How to wear a Plaid Scarf

If you want to have an outfit that screams the holidays without having to wear Christmas sweaters, a red plaid scarf is a perfect way to wear holiday colors in a chic way. In this outfit, I paired a red plaid scarf with red hat, forest green cross-body purse, and a white sweater. It’s a fun outfit that works great during the holiday season, whether you are going shopping or to visit family. And there are different ways to wear a scarf like this, from the simple way I let it hang, to a double loop and tied in the back, or a stylish French knot.

Scarf Outfit #14 Black and white outfit with leopard print heels - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

14. Wear a White Scarf to the Office

As in the scarf outfit #3 above, I used this white scarf to create another black-and-white outfit, this time for the office. This scarf outfit started with a simple dress, but this time I added some print with the heels. (Yes, you can wear a scarf with a dress!) As I mentioned before, black-and-white outfits really stand out in the fall and it’s a stylish way to make an impression at work. Try a simple black pencil skirt paired with a silk blouse or button-down with the scarf; both will work equally well.

Scarf Outfit #15 Over the knee boots, light wash jeans and black blazer - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

15. Wear a blue scarf to complete your fall outfit

If you’re working on a color theme, a scarf is a great way to add to some color coordinating fun. Black and blue are two common wardrobe colors, with the blue being primarily denim. In this black-and-blue outfit, I wore a blue scarf to add another blue hue to the outfit and to add some fullness. Since the outfit is very sleek up and down, the scarf also created dimension. You might also try the reverse by wearing black jeans and a denim jacket for a slightly different black-and-blue look.

Scarf Outfit #16 Pair an olive green scarf with an all white outfit and matching laser cut accessories - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

16. Wear a Summer Scarf to Create Outfit Contrast

In this all-white summer outfit I added an olive green patterned scarf to make it even more stylish. If you notice in this outfit, I kept the accessories neutral: matching tan heels and handbag with an earth-tone scarf. This sleek white outfit creates the perfect palette to build on accessories.

Scarf Outfit #17 An all black outfit with a pop of color with a sweater - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

17. Put together a black and gray scarf outfit

Sometimes you’re not looking for any special way to wear a scarf. You just need a scarf to do its job and keep you warm. But you can make a warm and stylish scarf outfit! In this outfit that I wore while traveling in Italy, I added a lightweight wool plaid scarf before walking out the door, as it was raining. The scarf lightened up the heaviness of the primarily black outfit, and coordinated well with the blue top. Perfect for sightseeing, and I stayed warm the whole time.

Scarf Outfit #18 Pair a burgundy scarf with classic stripes, flats and distressed denim - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

18. Wear a scarf for a pop of color

What is the perfect way to complete a California winter outfit? Add a scarf! In this simple, casual winter outfit I added a burgundy scarf to add a little bit of color to this otherwise classic outfit. Long coat, distressed denim, stripes and a scarf is a simple outfit formula to try.

Scarf Outfit #19 Use a scarf as an purse accessory - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

19. Tie a Scarf to your purse

There are so many ways to wear a scarf on your body, but did you ever think about adding a pop of color to your handbag? Such a simple idea, but it can add so much to an outfit, whether casual or for work. If you’re going to do this, make sure the scarf is of a light fabric and not too large, so that it doesn’t add weight to your handbag. You also want it to match some element of your outfit.

Scarf Outfit #20 Match your scarf color to your shirt and add neutral pieces like a tan blazer and trousers - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

20. Wear Your scarf around your blazer

This is good example of another way to wear a scarf to the office. Instead of wearing the scarf around your neck or on the inside of the jacket, drape it around the jacket collar and lapels. It has a very menswear inspired feel to it. Just make sure the scarf matches the colors of your outfit. (And it doesn’t have to be a solid. A small print, stripe or plaid will also work here.)

Scarf Outfit #21 During the holidays wear a gold scarf with a bright pair of trousers - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

21. Wear a gold silk scarf during the holidays

If you need to wear a scarf during the holidays, I would suggest a gold one. A gold scarf is a fun way to play with the holiday theme without actually screaming, “I’m wearing a holiday outfit.” In this winter look—keep in mind I live in California—I wore glitter loafers, bright colored pants, and gold scarf with a neutral black blazer.

Scarf Outfit #22 Riding boots, skinny jeans, black and burgundy sill tank top - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

22. Camouflage your scarf into the outfit

Here’s another subtle way to wear a scarf. You don’t always have to use the scarf to add dimension, contrast, or color to an outfit. Sometimes a scarf can just serve as a supporting accessory. In this riding boot outfit, I wore a black jersey scarf that blended in with the jacket and wore a silk blouse that was the center of the outfit.

Scarf Outfit #23 Pair a cute polka dot scarf with denim shirt and slouchy shorts - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

23. Wear a polka dot scarf in the summer

To keep an outfit from looking a little too plain don a fun patterned scarf to add some interest. In this outfit, instead of stopping at shorts and a shirt, I added a polka dot scarf for fun. You can try a floral, stripe, or even a nautical theme if you are headed to the lake or ocean.

Scarf Outfit #24 For a fun pumpkin patch outfit wear a jeweled toned scarf with coordinating fall colors - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

24. Wear a Purple Scarf in the Fall

Nothing screams fall to me more than scarves and pumpkin. (Including pumpkin pie.) If you need inspiration for a cute pumpkin patch outfit, look no further! With the subdued colors of this outfit, I wore a royal blue scarf and seasonal hat to have some fun with the look! Boots, dark-wash jeans, sweater, scarf, and hat make up a cute fall outfit for some holiday activities.

Scarf Outfit #23 Pair a polka dot scarf with a denim short and loose shorts for a cute summer outfit- Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

25. Wear a Polka Dot scarf with a striped Shirt

Want to wear two patterns at once and not go overboard? Why not wear a classic striped tee and add a polka dot scarf? This outfit is meant to be bright, fun, and an excellent combination. Wear polka dot and stripes for a stylish summer outfit. Just remember, if your stripes are wide, go with smaller polka dots, and if your stripes are narrow, go with a larger version, like I have here.

Scarf Outfit #26 Pair a plaid scarf with riding boots, dark wash jeans, and cream sweater - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

26. Wear a plaid scarf with riding boots

Who said plaid had to be boring? While I do own some very neutral plaids, I do like a pop of color in a plaid…like red, purple, or yellow. Here I wore a red plaid scarf with riding boots, the perfect combination for November and December. The neutral pants and sweater helped that red plaid stand out and be the center of attention. Whether you’re wearing this combination to college or lunch with friends, it’ll no doubt create a stylish look.

Scarf Outfit #27 Tuck in an scarf into a cape - Visit stylishlyme.com to see 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!

27. Wear a scarf with a cape

Capes are fun pieces on their own, but you can turn it up a notch by adding a scarf. Wrap a scarf around your neck and tuck it into your cape. Make sure it’s not completely hidden, as you want it to be peaking out for some fun added color and texture.

I hope this scarf guide has helped illuminate you to the different types of scarves available, the different ways you can wear a scarf, and scarf outfits that are easy to create. My guess is you’ll be heading to the store to add to your scarf collection now that fall has arrived. (And please share your scarf outfits with me on Instagram @stylishlyme.)

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12 thoughts on “27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf

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    Awesome shots of styles!!

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    My Desi Wear

    Nice Blog…. Very Useful for young age girls…. Thank you for sharing…

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    Amazing tips, thanks for sharing with us!

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    Hai Vanessa Rodriquez! You have explained with good example pictures. It easy to understand. I have tried scarf with a peacoat it was looking amazing. I loved it and such a nice post.

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    Wow !! That’s amazing tips to follow in styling the outfit with scarves.

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    This scarf guide is so helpful – scarfilicious! I love scarves and wear them all the time and sell them on Poshmark so that I have an excuse to collect them! I’ve managed to post a couple hundred available ones now – all personally picked by me from vintage stores and estate sales. Check it out, and thanks again for all of the good advice on how to look hot! http://www.poshmark.com/closet/gratefulbox

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    Thanks a lot for your efforts and detailed tips and ideas to style the outfit with scarves.

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    Love the posts. And the looks! ❤️

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    This is a fab guide, with a item like a scarf it can be either a forgotten item or can really pull a outfit together. Something that is in everyones closet now becomes a outfit maker.

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    I usually use scarves to wear Hijab. I use scarves of different colors & styles. This gives me more options to mix-match them with multiple outfits.

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    This is a wonderful guide; thank you!

    What brand are your riding boots (the black ones with the bugundy top)? They are fabulous!

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