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A silk scarf is one of those fashion accessories that will stand the test of time, giving you years of mileage as you reach for it again and again. Keep your scarf fresh by mixing up the way you wear it. Explore the different positions to wear a scarf and tie it on with fierce style.
In the Hair
A big silk scarf can become a stylish headband with just a few folds and ties. It doesn’t matter how you style your hair — both up and down work well for this look. Fold the scarf into a long rectangle — the wider it is, the more it will look like a turban. With the center of the scarf at the center back of your neck, wrap it up and around your head. When you get the scarf ends to the top of your head, twist them twice tightly and then bring them back down to the nape of your neck. Tie the ends in a tight knot.
Around the Neck
Fold a big square scarf into a triangle and place it over your chest so the center corner is over the center of your chest — throw the other two corners over your shoulders. Pull one corner around to the opposite shoulder and lay it straight down on your chest. Do the same thing with the other corner so you’ve wrapped the scarf around your neck loosely. Adjust the scarf just so and leave it loosely wrapped.
Around the Waist
A silk scarf becomes a stylin’ belt with just a little folding and wrapping. If you’ve got belt loops — in jeans or cropped trousers, perhaps — fold a big silk scarf into a long, thin rectangle that will fit through the belt loops. Thread the scarf through each loop, but adjust it so you tie the ends together at either hip for a sweet look. Use a folded scarf to belt a trench coat, sheath dress or long sweater cardigan, too.
As a Handbag
Remove the standard strap from your handbag and use your narrowly folded scarf as a handbag strap by tying each end to the rings on your handbag. You can also create an entire handbag out of your large silk scarf. Lay your scarf out flat with the wrong side facing up. Tie two opposite corners together in a knot, leaving about 6 inches of fabric on the other side of the knot. Take the other two opposite corners and tie them into a knot right up near the corners — this makes the straps of the handbag. Throw it over your shoulder for a fun and easy tote.