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Scarves are not just for going outside anymore. And an indoor scarf is not just for librarians or old ladies, either. You can tie a scarf around your neck, head, waist or belt loop and look fashionable, trendy and younger than 65. There are tons of ways to wear your scarf and look cool, plus you probably have a few just sitting in your closet, so without further ado, grab that neglected accessory and learn how to tie it on right.
On Your Head With Hair Down
Look seriously fashionable with a scarf on top of your head. This is a look that takes confidence to pull off, so don't try this if you don't have the self-assurance to know you look totally cool. This look pairs well with casual, Bohemian-style clothing or light, spring-y dresses. To get the look, let your hair fall naturally in a messy, bedhead kind of way. Take a square scarf and fold it in half to form a triangle. Place the long, straight side of the triangle against your forehead and pull the point and the ends behind your head. Tie in a tight knot with your hair streaming down underneath for a gorgeous, pirate-chic look.
On Your Head With No Hair
Heading to the beach or pool with a scarf around your hair and a pair of face-framing sunglasses is celebrity-level stylish. Not only will this look supremely mysterious and chic, it will do wonders to keep your neck cool as you lay out and get an awesome tan. This look also works with sundresses, shorts and casual skirts: basically anything summery and fresh. To get the look, pull your hair back in a low bun and tie it in place. Fold a square scarf in half so it forms a triangle and place the straight side against your forehead. Tie the ends under your bun and knot tightly. Let the excess edges hang down or tuck them under.
Belted in Place
Here's a look you've probably never tried before: a scarf as a pair of suspenders (but in a cute way!). Recommended by the fashion editors at Glamour magazine, a low-hanging scarf with a belt tied around is a fresh way to wear a scarf that won't look old-hat. To get the look, drape a scarf around your neck and let the ends hang down. Wrap a belt around your waist, placing it over the scarf. Fasten the belt and voila! Fresh new style for your old scarf.
As a Headband
A scarf as a headband is a Bohemian-chic style favored by famous twin Mary-Kate Olsen and can make any outfit look more feminine and flowing. Choose a rectangular, pretty, patterned scarf for this look to truly dress up your outfit and add some cool flair. To get the look, fold the scarf over a few times lengthwise so that it's about 3 inches wide. Place it on top of your head with your hair down and loose or pulled back -- either way works. Tie the scarf underneath your hair in a tight knot and then either form a bow or let the ends hang down.