Thursday, September 10, 2009

How To Wear A Scarf — by Guest Mom Allison Czarnecki



Scarves are still all the rage in the fashion world right now and I'm breathing a collective sigh of relief for all of us, because scarves are hawt. They're our friends, and we want to keep them around for as long as possible. Or until the Europeans are done with them, whichever comes first.

The sky is the limit with scarves. Think of them as just one more accessory in your arsenal of hotness. Wear a scarf in place of a necklace; it can compliment a really cute plain tee and make you look just that much more put together. If you don't know how to wear one no worries, I'm about to show you. I'll even hold your hand every step of the way.



1. Drape your scarf lengthwise down your arm.
2. Fold it in half.
3. Pull the halved scarf behind your neck. Hold open one side with your fingers. With your other hand hold onto the tassels.
4. While holding open the halved end of the scarf, push the tassels through the hole.
5. Pull tight.



You ready to try another one?



1. Hang scarf loosely around your neck. Make sure it's about evenly divided.
2. Loop the piece of scarf in your left hand all the way around your neck until it comes back around the front.
3. Now we're all back at the front again right?
4. Even up the sides and pull tight around your neck.



If we want to get crazy and take it one step further we can wrap the ends around and tuck in, like so.



See? Totally painless, and now you can accessorize with the best of them. What do you think? Do you have some great scarf tying tips the rest of us need to know?

Find more from Allison at Petit Elephant.

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

Love, Love, Love!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:17:00 PM EDT  
Blogger amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

loved this! and I just adore Allison - smooches!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

That Anthro squiggly one is fabulous! I need to figure out how to make one for under $20. Or you can, and post a tutorial! Ha.

Some days I wish I didn't live in the desert. At least we have wind.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

amy,

the feeling is mutual gorgeous friend. mwah.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Jen,

I guarantee if you give this proposition to my clever girl IS-LY {Melissa Esplin}, she'll figure it out for you. She's wicked with a sewing machine.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Great tips! I really need to learn how to wear a scarf, now that my neck is sagging down to my waist.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Lynn,

Just tuck your neck right on in with the scarf. See my last tip for suggestions. Skin is stretchy, it should work.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 2:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Leslie said...

awesome. i wear scarves all three of these ways; love them so very much.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 2:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Juliana Taylor said...

I have an odd issue with scarves: I love them, but I am a small person and they tend to be overwhelming. Smaller ones tend to be in yound adult prints, which make me look 12 (again, the small thing). Any suggestions on how to wear/ where to find a scarf that won't make me look pre-pubecent and not too overwhelming?
Thanks a ton!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:23:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Preparedness Pro said...

Great segment, scarf season is definitely on its way!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Leslie,

Love scarves! The tucked into a little roll one is perfect for a cold winter day.

Juliana Taylor,

I would just wear a solid color scarf; you can find them if you dig around. Try TJ Maxx, they have scarves in every color and size!

Preparedness Pro,

Thank you! You can't go wrong with a scarf right?

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:14:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Delilah said...

It's funny... I was just thinking that I wanted to start wearing more scarves and was just going to head over to Etsy to do some shopping and there is your post in my feed reader!
Love it! Thanks I needed that! I honestly didn't know the first one! LOL!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:52:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Delilah said...

It's funny... I was just thinking that I wanted to start wearing more scarves and was just going to head over to Etsy to do some shopping and there is your post in my feed reader!
Love it! Thanks I needed that! I honestly didn't know the first one! LOL!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Delilah,

I'm sure there are plenty more awesome ways to wear a scarf but these are my top 3. Serendipitous that we found each other today!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

My friend just posted a picture of her at a Bazaar in Budapest, where the shopkeeper had wrapped her in two small scarves. They looked awesome! So know we know they are still hot in Europe.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 9:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Queen Scarlett said...

Awesome post. Love the how to...and phew... I have been doing them right. ;-)

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 11:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Oh, I so need some help with scarves. I just bought my first one last month. But is it too hot to wear these now, do I have to wait for winter?

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:28:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Sarah,

As long as they're still hot in Europe we know we're on our game. They're so ahead fashion wise.

Queen Scarlett,

Phew indeed. I mean, if hadn't been wearing your scarves right all this time....

Marie,

No! The one I'm using is one of Lands' End's summer scarves. Light and breezy. Think of it as a necklace.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 1:15:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Melissa {is•ly} said...

Just the other day my co-worker was talking about how her scarf was too long. I taught her how to do that first wrap and it was the perfect way to shorten a lengthy scarf.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 1:27:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Melissa {is•ly} said...

Jen, Allison,

Umm. . . I don't know about that. I DO however have an awesome book that has detailed instructions on how to honeycomb smock by hand, and it would probably have a very similar effect.

Chris and I were swooning over scarves at UO last night. I love UO & Anthro so much.

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 1:29:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Gabrielle said...

Awesome tips! I found your blog somehow and am so glad to be here!!

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 1:34:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Beth Layton said...

all those beautiful scarves after the jewlery post! stop tempting me. this is getting ridiculous :)

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 3:07:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jennifer O. said...

I think I'm going to have to run out and get me a few scarves! ;)

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 11:01:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

I've been wearing scarves lately to dress up jeans and a t-shirt, plus they hide the shirt stains that my toddlers manage to get on me before we even leave the house in the morning!

Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Anonymous said...

great post! I do a video tutorial on tying scarves as well. check it out for more ideas

http://losotros.ca/category/vlog/

Susan
http://losotros.ca

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 1:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Melissa,

I always feel so tragically un-hip in Urban Outfitters. Like I missed the cool memo? Very cool stuff though, indeed.

If anyone can whip up a mean scarf, it has to be you.

Gabrielle,

Hello! Happy you found me; well Design Mom.

Beth Layton,

I know, I'm sorry! But the makeup is free {use what you have} and the jewelry is ridiculously cheap.

Jennifer O,

The cheapest, most chic way to dress up any outfit. Get one in every color.

Gina,

See? Look at all the thriftiness that came out of this! You can use old tees and cover up the spit up/stains & be hip with the best of them.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 2:20:00 AM EDT  
Blogger sania said...

I'm loving guest mom Allison's posts!

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 4:51:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Sania,

Thank you, I appreciate it. Seriously.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 12:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oooh! My mom just bought me this gorgeous silk/cashmere scarf from Italy (I.know.) and now I know how to wear it! Thanks!

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Sarah,

Yay you. Silk/Cashmere? *sigh* Now you can wear it with the best of them...

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:17:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Brenna said...

Love this! I have always been just a tad scared of the scarf. Maybe I need to break out the two I've been given and give them a whirl! :)

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 1:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Brenna,

No need to be scared. No one will ever know you haven't worn one before, just try it and you'll be surprised how cute it looks!

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 2:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Ladies in regards to the scarf ideas which are all lovely. There is an alternative to a full scarf which one of my friends designs and sells on etsy.com. under lilacpop. She designs jewlry does fine art photography and usually has some nice scarflets to offer!

Monday, October 26, 2009 at 9:47:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Kate said...

I am a scarf lover too! I found some more cute and simple ways to wear them, if you want to take a look.
Kate

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 2:58:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I also love that ruffly scrf from Anthropologie. If anyone find a pattern to knit or sew one like that, let me know!
rach62803@yahoo.com

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 1:58:00 PM EST  

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