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The scarf -- it's no longer just for keeping warm. The long scarf is a stylish fashion accessory that is used for more than keeping necks toasty in winter. Scarves add texture and color to just about any ensemble all year-round, and are tied in a variety of ways, most of which are quite easy. If you're looking for a little something extra to add to your frock, a large, long scarf may be the way to go.
Loop the Loop
This interesting-looking tying technique offers your neck some coverage, and gives your outfit a pop of color. To get this look, drape the scarf around your neck so that it is open in the front, leaving the left side a little shorter than the right. Take the right side and wrap it all the way around your neck. Grab the piece that is hanging over your left side, lift it over the scarf piece around your neck, then underneath so that it peeks out under the wrap around your neck. Now repeat this same process on the right side. You'll be left with a cute little knot in front of your neck and two pieces of scarf that lay on your bosom.
The Parisian or European Loop
This popular knot is often seen gracing the necks of celebs and is oh-so-easy to execute. Fold your scarf in half, so that the two ends meet up. Now drape that bad boy around your neck, leaving your front open -- you should have a loop one on side of you and the two ends on the other. Insert the two ends through the loop and pull until the knot hits your neck. This look is adorable over your coat or over a light shirt.
This tying technique sounds difficult and stuffy, but it really isn't. It does; however, add a certain something to an outfit that is lacking sophistication. To achieve this classy look, fold your scarf in half again so that the ends meet and drape it around your neck. Place the loose end over the fold, then bring the loose ends underneath the fold and through the piece that is now around your neck. The scarf should now look like it is wrapped around your neck, with the loop and loose ends out in front.
This look is great for that cute summer dress that just needs a little something extra. Drape the scarf over your shoulders so that it is open in the front. Grab one of the ends and wrap it around your neck. You should be left with the scarf around your neck and the two ends laying over top. Now tie those two ends in a knot a few inches below your neck -- use the same technique you use when tying your shoes, but just the first step before the loop. The scarf around your neck with the little knot underneath is sophisticated, yet totally attainable.