How To Wear Large Scarves

People often ask me how to wear the sizeable square silk scarves that measure fifty-one inches (130cm). One of my favorite ways is folded on the diagonal to form a more slender luxurious, colorful finishing touch that takes my basics to the next level.

When I showed the picture above on the blog recently, many of you asked which scarf it was and how I tied it. I had sold out of them at that time, but now I have more, (click here). I will also show you step by step how I folded and wrapped it.

Lay the scarf face down on a flat surface such as your bed. Fold opposite corners toward the center of the back side of the scarf.

Make another small fold at the outside edges keeping these folds narrow.

Continue folding until you have one long slender length. I often wear large square scarves in this way because it allows me to wrap or tie them neatly.

Keep the tie or drape low and loose but never rest the bulk of the scarf on the most substantial part of your bust, always slightly above it. For example, the best spot for a scarf fold or tie to rest on me is between the collarbones and the cleavage. Showing part of the neck and not adding more bulk to the bust is my goal because I don’t want my face to seem more round nor do I want my bust or tummy to appear larger.

In these photos, I put the center of the scarf at my neck in the front and then wrapped the ends around the back returning them to the front. The necklace is from French Kande here. I am an affiliate for French Kande which means I will earn a small commission if you make a purchase from the link.

Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in the color Scarlet looks great with this scarf. I am a Senior Manager with Beautycounter. My website is here. A big winter sale on essentials is going on now through the 7th!

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I tend to buy long, rectangular scarves and wasn’t sure how to achieve your look with that type of scarf. Scarves are an underrated accessory. Happy New Year to you and Mr Mickey!

  2. Nice scarf tutorial. When you fold the square on the diagonal as you demonstrated, you create a fold on the bias. It’s that bias which results in the soft, flattering drape around your neckline. A rectangular scarf folded lengthwise cannot duplicate this soft drape.

    Love LOVE your blog, Susan. So many, many ideas that you generously share. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    1. Those are faux leather leggings with a reptile texture. The label only says Jen7. I bought them at The Copper Penny, a boutique in Hilton Head, South Carolina, a few years ago.

  3. Speaking of scarves, the silver/gray scarf I ordered from your website last week arrived today, and it’s more beautiful than in the picture. I’ll be wearing it tomorrow! I really appreciate how it was wrapped and packaged with such care. Thanks and Happy New Year ~ Ruth

  4. Hi Susan, I love how this looks on you, and so appreciate all your help. I like cardigans that are the length and the color gray in this blog. Is this something I can order from your collection, or do you know if is still available anywhere? I hope I can be like you when I grow up, albeit I’m already older. Thanks!

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