Timeless Outfits to Create With a Classic Scarf

MaryKate Boylan, Emma Conroy
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The scarf may be small, but when it comes to fashion it is mighty. Countless style icons incorporate this simple piece of fabric into an epic ensemble. Think of Queen Elizabeth with her classic scarf tied below her chin, Little Edie, who was rarely seen without a scarf wrapped around her head, or even Lenny Kravitz and his dramatic blanket scarf. Below, we share eight ways to style a scarf to make a major statement (without saying anything at all!).

Around the Wrist

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Photo credit: Sunset Boulevard - Getty Images

You never know when you might need a bandana. Whether it’s a fashion emergency, an impromptu mask, or a functional tool to fight the cold, the bandana is always in style. Pop one on your wrist for a fun—and highly practical—accessory.

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Tied on the Head

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Photo credit: Astrid Stawiarz - Getty Images

This is the easiest and one of the most chic ways to wear your accessory and keep your hair in place. The key is to stick to a similar color palette to add character to a simple outfit—or make an already bold outfit pop.

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Tied Below the Neck

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

Babushka-style scarves tend to be the most intimidating to the uninitiated, but they couldn't be easier. Thrown together with a retro tweed look, you’re bound to feel just as elegant as you’ll appear.

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At the Collar

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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

For a dressier affair, consider a modern day cravat. Pin it in place with a diamond brooch and prepare for the compliments to come rolling in.

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Wrapped Around the Head

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Photo credit: Ron Galella - Getty Images

Take a page out of Little Edie’s book for an outfit that looks like you tried without trying at all. An effortlessly wrapped scarf is all it takes to set you apart from the crowd. Grab an oversized silk garb, like this Dolce & Gabbana one, and you’ll have the perfect ratio.

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Draped Over the Shoulders

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Photo credit: Edward Berthelot - Getty Images

Is it a shawl? Is it a scarf? Does it really matter? This casual meets classy combo is the perfect way to wrap up during travel days or in-between seasons. A stunning pattern is key to making the look memorable.

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Around the Neck

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Photo credit: Bettmann - Getty Images

Audrey Hepburn impresses us yet again with her timeless style. Wearing a slim scarf highlights your features without dominating the whole outfit. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns—adding some solid colors in-between is a great way to create balance.

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In Your Ponytail

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Photo credit: Camille Charriere

If you’ve been growing out your hair during quarantine, now is the perfect time to replace your scrunchies with a scarf. The added texture and surprising placement is a great way to experiment with your look.

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