{6 ways to} style a silk scarf in summer

S ummer style needn’t be complicated!

Besides, you have better things to do than to stress out about how something looks when the sun is being all shiny (and melty) and everything outside is calling you to it.

Silk scarves bring colour and a point of difference to a simple summer outfit for a very small buy-in (of time and $$).  It’s the kind of accessory that not everyone thinks to wear but like all good things worth trying the more you know-how, the more you can-do!

To start the ball rolling, and get your mind whirring I’ve put together 6 ways I love to style mine (ranging from super easy to a little bit tricky), but more importantly, they are all ways I can remember so I’m hoping that you will be able to too!

But first, scarves:

6 ways to style a silk scarf for summer_by-erena-te-paa

You will need a scarf or two made of light, floaty fabric (chiffon, cotton or satin/silk works well) in both a large and small size (as above) but before looking elsewhere have a hunt around at home first. You may find perfect scarf-wearing material just lying around waiting for you to find and use it.

 Here we go… 

{6 ways to} style a silk scarf for Summer




 And below is the break-down of each style + tips 


01. (Neck scarf) The Lariat


Scarf used: It’s actually the belt off a kimono I own (folded in half). 1800mm in length. Yip, you really can use just about anything! 

Prep: Find the centre of your scarf,  place it at the front of your neck and loop around to the back before bringing each end forward.

Difficulty rating: Too easy!

Tips: Leave as is (loose at the front) or style as per video, which is basically a low double-knot!

02. (Neck scarf) The Oversized-bow


Scarf used: Purchased new from Lovisa for about $20 (mine is satin, but this is pretty close). You can also use a silk/satin scarf folded in half several times or even a skinny tie??

Prep: Starting at the back of the neck bring both ends forward and you’re ready to begin.

Difficulty rating: Easy as!

Tips: I’ll wear this style to the side or I’ll turn it around, loosen the bow off and wear as a choker.

03. (Neck scarf) Cow-girl style


Scarf used: Vintage: approximately 520mm square.

Prep: Fold the square in half to form a triangle, then take each end and fold (or twist) until you are left with a little triangle of fabric in the centre.

Difficulty rating: Pretty darn easy!

Tips: I  like to wear this style slightly off-centre so that it doesn’t look too perfect.

04. (Head scarf) Turban-style


Scarf used: Vintage: approximately 850mm long and 850mm square.

Prep: Fold your scarf in half at diagonals to form a large triangle, then place the triangle centred on top of your head allowing the peak of the triangle to drape quite a bit over your forehead. Then take each end of the triangle and style as per the vid.

Difficulty rating: A little bit tricky!

Tips: Make sure you let plenty of fabric (at the peak of the triangle) drape over your forehead. It’s far easier to grab with the two ends.

05. (Head scarf) The Side-tie


Scarf used: Vintage: approximately 1200mm long and 140mm wide.

Prep: I found my scarf at these measurements which was ideal, however if you have a wider scarf, simply fold in half (once or twice) to get the width you need.

Difficulty rating: Super easy!

Tips: I like to tie my hair up first before beginning, it just makes life easier! (Plus zero tangles…)

06. (Head scarf) The Top-knot


Scarf used: Yip…another vintage find 850mm x 850mm wide.

Prep: Lay the scarf flat (square), fold in half diagonally (to a triangle shape) and then roll the longest end in small gradual folds until you have a long narrow belt-like scarf. Alternatively, lay flat (square), then fold in half again and again until you have a belt-like length of scarf. The difference is that each option will change how the print looks.

Difficulty rating: Yip, you guessed it, easy!

Tips: I’ll sometimes leave some of my hair loose at the front before tying (as a kind-of side-fringe) to make up for the fact that I don’t have bangs and to create a more relaxed overall look.


Wearing a scarf as an accent piece not only looks effortlessly cool and unique but from a super practical mum point of view, it holds my frizzy hair back in sand-swept winds and as with all accessories I wear, serves as a far softer ‘play-thing’ for a wee babe than a piece of metal!

If you enjoyed this or want to give it a try I would love to know!


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