How to Wear a Scarf: Inspiration + Scarf-Savvy Ideas

We featured a Real Wedding where the bride wore a light pink silk scarf with her wedding gown, and we remember it like the post was yesterday. The bride, Debbie, wanted a simple, sweet, and elegant wedding day look, so her light pink scarf was the perfect thing to tie into her personal style. If you’re looking for an accessory to tie into your bridal ensemble, perhaps a silk scarf is just what you need for a fun pop of color! And, if you’re not sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. I love scarves and wear them as often as possible. But before I became scarf-savvy, I had that feeling where I would see pretty scarves at the store and feel like I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off… you know?

That’s why today we are helping to nudge you a little into the right scarf-savvy direction with a few tips + tricks on how to wear a scarf. Wearing a scarf around your neck isn’t the only way to work it; you can wear it around your neck, as a headband, as a wrap, as a cuff bracelet, styled into your braided hairstyle, and more. You can even decorate your reception or ceremony site with scarves… your love nest, too! Read on for plenty of scarf-filled goodness compiled just for you after the jump!

How to Wear a Scarf with your Gown

The most popular way to wear a scarf is worn around one’s neck. If you’re braving a cold wintry wedding, consider a silk scarf for a pop of color or a pretty pattern in lieu of a heavy wrap. It won’t keep you as warm as wool, but it may just be the lightweight accessory piece for which you’ve been looking. Besides, if you get a chill I’m sure your groom will be happy to lend you his suit coat, right? ;)

Here is one example how to wear a scarf with your gown. This is Debbie, the bride we mentioned early in this post:

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bride, Debbie, via our Real Wedding post | photo credit: lovebirds artistic wedding photography

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source: live fashionable

Here’s another great example of a bride wearing a scarf, this time in a bright sunny yellow. We love!

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source: via elizabeth anne designs | photo credit: kate triano

Pretty! The website Who What Wear features a fun interactive guide that shows you how to wear a scarf five different ways with step-by-step how-to and assigned name styles like, “The Prep”, “The City”, and “The Boho”, which is show below:

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photo credit: who what wear

How to Wear a Scarf in your Hair

Wearing a scarf in your hair can seem a bit tricky at first, but with a few fun tutorials you’ll see how easy it really can be. This first image is via A Beautiful Mess and we love how she styled it in her hair. The editor, Elsie, shows a full tutorial here with a mod turban-like style.

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photo credit: a beautiful mess

If you’re wearing your hair up (or your bridesmaids are), we think this would look ultra cute as a hair accessory?

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source: hello its valentine

One of our favorite hair + beauty blogs Keiko Lynn shows how to wear a scarf in your hair with a step-by-step tutorial:

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source: keiko lynn

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source: keiko lynn

Check out how to wear a scarf twelve different ways via

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Gift a scarf to a bridesmaid! She can wear it in a variety of ways, like as a bracelet tie, headband, clutch accessory… check out these five via Kate Spade:

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photo source: kate spade

For an Engagement Session Photo Shoot

Check out this adorable outfit idea we spotted via Sweet Laundry which shows how a pretty scarf can tie together an entire look. Try it for your engagement shoot!

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source: sweet laundry

DIY a Scarf for Bridesmaids

We love this braided scarf you can DIY for a pretty bridesmaid gift!


If you fancy a crochet scarf and have a knack for knitting, gift bridesmaids with colorful crochet scarves like these…

source: via pinterest via le magnifique | photo credit: diana lupu photography

Plus, it’s perfect for keeping bridesmaids warm during winter weddings!

How to Decorate with Scarves

If you want to decorate with a scarf, here is a fun DIY idea we spotted via the Free People blog which shows how to paint your scarves and display as decoration. I love this idea and cannot wait to give it a try at home.

source: free people

You can also decorate your reception site with scarves on clothespins (perfect for an airy, outdoor wedding):

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source: haute design via campaign decoration

Buy vintage patterned scarves like these…

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source: dvorahivy

… or pretty handmade + hand-painted scarves like these by Leah Goren…

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three scarves above are handmade by leah reena goren

… and wear ’em in your hair, wear around your neck, tie as a wrist corsage, an embellishment to your clutch purse, or, use it as decor! For instance, if you gift a scarf to a bridesmaid, she can frame it up and hang in her apartment or home as decor, a la these finds below:

left: country living | right: via originally by house and home

All Wrapped Up

Consider wrapping up jewelry boxes in pretty patterned scarves for your bridesmaids – or for gift-giving this holiday season. Wrapping up gifts in scarves, tea towels, handkerchiefs, or other fabric favorites gives two gifts in one and is so much more fun to wrap than paper and tape.

source: via merriment events | by chewing the cud via oh joy!

Ah, so much sweet scarf-loving goodness I’m tempted to go out and buy some silk scarves, brushes, paint, and dye to decorate a few of my own. Remember, if you buy a pretty one for yourself, gift a few for your bridesmaids, too. It’s a great gift she’ll love to wear on the wedding day and beyond.

More coming up later today! Stay tuned!


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December 14, 2011 4:27 am

Really a wonderful idea!!! I never think wear the scarf in the hair!!! Charming and special!!I love scarves!! So beautiful!!:D

December 12, 2011 5:33 pm

Great ideas!! Love scarves!

December 11, 2011 6:11 pm

Love this post! Scarves are fab (particularly loving snoods at the moment) :)

December 10, 2011 7:20 pm

Oh wow – I love this! I am SUCH a fan of scarves!
xx Lexi
FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
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December 9, 2011 7:00 pm

I love wrapping with scarves – what a very cool idea!

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