How To Wear Large Scarves

People often ask me how to wear the square silk scarves that measure fifty-one inches (130cm). One of my favorite ways is folded on the diagonal to form a slim luxurious, colorful finishing touch that takes my basics to the next level. You will never achieve the same drape and supple hand from a rectangle-shaped scarf.

When I showed the picture above on the blog recently, many of you asked how I tied it. I will 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 backside.

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 scarf center at my neck in the front and then wrapped the ends around the back, returning them to the front.

Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Poppy here looks excellent with this scarf.

  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!

  5. Just wanted to say I like your hair better today than then. I like the curly version today. Thanks for scarf lesson.

  6. Greetings Susan, I love silk scarves, I love long necklaces; now I know how to wear them together without being over done! Thank you!

  7. Thank you, Susan! I’m definitely a fan of these large squares, especially since I’m tall and run cool….! I also usually prefer that one end hang a bit longer in the front 🙂

  8. I love your style. I have just spent all afternoon watching your vlogs, blogs, (whatever) lol. I am not sure how to follow you or receive notices when you have something new. I have been trying to find large square scarves because of you. Please send me information you have for scarves. Thanks, and I really enjoy watching you.

  9. many years ago I used wear scarves many ways, thank you for the reminder
    your are a great inspiration


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