Now that winter has (nearly) left us, it’s time to swap your heavy wool scarf for its breezier, more spring-centric counterpart: the neckerchief. It’s this season’s most versatile accessory, instantly adding a splash of color or personality to transform otherwise blasé outfits. In a bandana print, it changes fashion editors into metropolitan cowgirls; worn extra skinny and draped about the neck, it’s a look straight off the runways. But before your head spins with the multitude of possibilities for self-expression (be warned: Pinterest is an endless rabbit hole), we suggest beginning with the basics and a classic square scarf. Keep reading for four easy ways to knot it, as inspired by the street style set.
Neck Scarf for 4 Styles
The Fake Knot
Why We Love It: Worn tight to the side of the neck or loose in front, there’s something effortless about this knot that screams, ‘Oh, this? I just tossed it on.’
Step 1: Fold the scarf in half to form a triangle, and then fold the triangle tip inward until you have a long strip. Bringing the scarf around your neck, tie the end in your right hand in a knot around your fingers.
Step 2: Take the end in your left hand and bring it through the knot with your right hand. Pull slightly to tighten and wear the scarf loose, with the knot hanging in front.
Step 3: For a different variation, tighten the scarf around your neck and place the knot askew to the side.
Why We Love It: Because we’re tired of our overused statement necklaces. Enter the new, fresh substitute.
Step 1: Fold the scarf in half to form a triangle, and then fold the triangle tip inward until you have a long strip. Create a knot in the middle of the scarf.
Step 2: Tie additional knots into the scarf, working your way to the ends and leaving 1”-2” between each knot.
Step 3: Once the scarf is knotted, tie the ends around your neck.
The Cowboy Knot
Why We Love It: It’s a little rodeo, a little Parisienne, and transforms into an entirely new look with a simple adjustment.
Step 1: Fold the scarf in half to form a triangle. Keeping the triangle in front, wrap the ends around the back of your neck.
Step 2: Bringing the ends back to the front, tie a knot over the triangle.
Step 3: For a slight variation, fold the scarf into a long strip; then repeat the same steps for a French knot.
Why We Love It: Because it’s an easy way to cop the menswear-inspired look. And because it makes us feel like a debonair TV villain. In the best possible way.
Step 1: Fold the scarf in half to form a triangle, and then fold the triangle tip inward until you have a long strip. Wrap the scarf around your neck, so the ends are in front.
Step 2: Tie a single knot by bringing the right end of the scarf over the left, and then up through the neck and over the top of the knot.
Step 3: Tuck the ends of the scarf into your shirt and fluff accordingly.