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How To Wear A Long, Skinny Scarf

First off, I must say that I know there are a gazillion scarf tutorials in the blogging universe. This isn’t going to stop me– no, no, no! Why? Because a good handful of people out there do  not know how to properly wear a LONG, SKINNY scarf. I witnessed this first hand when I worked in retail. If I had a dime for every time I helped someone put on a scarf in our store….

So again, maybe you have seen this before {and maybe you haven’t}, but either way I am going to drill into your heads how to properly wear a long, skinny scarf. This is how you DO NOT wear it. This drives me bonkers!!!

This is where a few of you gasp out an “Oh @*#%! I have totally worn a scarf like that before.” So if every one is doing it, what’s the problem with it? My friends, this is the problem:

  • The choker-like scarf does not balance well with the deep V neckline.
  • The long ends of the scarf make you look flimsy and wide.
  • Often times, the long ends are still way too long. You’re a walking liability.
  • It doesn’t look put together, and people think you spent 0.1 seconds putting it on. Which you probably did. Where’s the effort?

Now that we have that clear, this is one way to CORRECTLY wear a long, skinny scarf {and a personal favorite}. Here is the six-step process to making your skinny scarf WOW!

If any of you do not understand the step-by-step process and would like to know how to do it, leave a comment with your questions and I will gladly answer! To really look put together, you want to add a third piece. Anything from earrings, a cardigan, or in this case, a jacket.


Again, this is just my opinion. Do any of you prefer the “NO” picture instead of the “YES?” I’d like to hear your thoughts.

  • October 1, 2011 - 4:35 am

    Tracy - How do you get from step 4 to step 5? Do you tuck the shorter end through the knot?

  • October 1, 2011 - 8:10 am

    kiersten - Hi Tracy! You just pull the opposite end through the knot, and fasten. It was a bit difficult to depict through pictures. Next time I will have to do a tutorial video or something (much easier!).

    Did that answer your question?

  • October 2, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Tamara Goodman - good thing I only were fatter ones. But thanks when I get a skinny one I will were it how you tell me!! P.S. skinny scarfs are a good thing in Arizona… It dose not get to hot here in the winter

  • October 3, 2011 - 8:50 am

    Michelle Turley - Thanks, I needed some guidance. I always Love the look on other people but didn’t know how to do it so I avoided it all together. now I just need to find me a cute scarf to try it out

  • October 3, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Ann Burr - I love a scarf! But I will admit that I have been stymied by how to wear a long, skinny one – I knew enough not to do the “DON’T” you pictured, but was never sure what the “DO” was, so I ended up just not buying them, or buying them and leaving them to gather dust in the closet. No more! Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!


  • October 3, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Kiersten - Tamara- I know, skinny scarves will be my BFF here in AZ :)And thanks for commenting! You are always so good about it. We love it.

    Michelle- Seriously, try it out! It’s worth the extra time I promise. Let me know how it works out for you. Thanks for commenting!

    Ann- You are not alone! So many people are confused by long, skinny scarves and how cumbersome the length can be. Glad I could help– makes my blogging worthwhile! Thanks for your comment xoxoxoxo

  • June 6, 2012 - 5:54 am

    Geralyn - This is a really helpful guide! I don’t wear scarves in my country as is hot throughout and I’m totally clueless when I’m heading to a cold country in a couple of days. Thank u for the tutorial! It’s easy to understand and looks good ;)

  • March 1, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    women scarf - Awesome blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make
    my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme.

  • September 27, 2013 - 9:11 pm
  • October 19, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    Tricia - Thank you for this tutorial. My hand knit silk scarf (gift) must be 6 feet. Love the knotting ideas.

  • May 3, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    Rebecca - Every Winter I come back to this page and check again how to wear my skinny scarf! The way the scarf is tied in the NO pic always makes me think whoever is wearing it is going to choke! Thank you so much from Australia!

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