Monday’s Scarf Lesson

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I promised a while back I’d show you another tie for a large scarf. This one, the “Animal Spirit” stole from L’affaire cashmere is one of my very favorites. It’s super soft, extremely light, and I’ve been wearing it several times a week. Right now, L’affaire cashmere is offering 12% off of all products listed on the website, and gift of a pure silk scarf as well with any purchase. Just use code vd14. This offer is valid until February 10. Shipping is always free, worldwide.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve come to believe that wearing scarves and keeping my neck warm in chilly weather helps to ward off illness. But I also have an aversion to anything that feels too bulky or confining around my neck, so have learned several ties that accommodate this preference. While the resulting tie may look like a lot of bulk around the neck, I hardly notice that I’m wearing a scarf at all.

Begin by draping the scarf around the neck with one end quite short. Twisting the scarf a few times as you go (this helps reduce volume) wrap loosely once…

…then twice around the neck.

Both ends will now be short.

Grab one of the loops, and pass one of the ends down through that loop only.

Then grab the other loop, and pass the other end downward through that one.

Adjust as needed.

Et voilà!  This will be included in your final exam.

Happy Monday!

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76 Responses

  1. vicki archer
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    Loving the leopard… such a wonderful scarf… I have one and I wear it the most of any scarf.. and that’s saying something as I adore scarves… xv

    • Déjà Pseu
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      vicki, thank you! Don’t you find that leopard is almost a neutral? it’s so versatile!

  2. Bourbon & Pearls
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    Oh I’m going to fail, I can barely tie shoelaces. Your hair colour is quite wonderful.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Tabitha, thanks so much! I’ve been worried that I went too red. This scarf tie really is quite easy, and stays put.

  3. Bourbon & Pearls
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    Oh I’m going to fail, I can barely tie shoelaces. Your hair colour is quite wonderful.

  4. Pam @ over50feeling40
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    I can always use a good scarf lesson!! Have a wonderful day!

  5. Kathy
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    I like that way of tying a long scarf, as I don’t like a lot of floppy stuff hanging on me. And I agree, keeping your neck warm does help ward off illness – Chinese medicine is a big proponent of that. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Kathy, me too about not always wanting the ends flopping about.

  6. Insomniac's Attic
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    I find that if my neck is warm, I’m warm – and that’s saying a lot when it’s -20C! So I’m always looking for a new way to tie a scarf – thanks so much! :o)

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Insomniac’s Attic, I agree! And now I really notice a draft on my neck, even if it isn’t that cold out.

  7. Sam
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    Thanks for the lesson–as you and others have agreed, the key to warm in winter is a scarf! That particular scarf you’re wearing is fabulous, by the way.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Sam, thanks so much! It really is amazing what a difference a scarf makes.

  8. High Heeled Life
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    Thanks more simplifying – I often end up with extra long scarf tails and my neck exposed … this was great ..merci.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      High Heeled Life, you’re very welcome. Hope this one works well for you!

  9. gracefully50.com
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    Love your scarf! Looks GREAT on you!
    Btw, you’re very pretty!!

    • Déjà Pseu
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      gracefully50, thanks so much, you’re very kind!

  10. Kathy
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    Also, love the wash of your jeans. I’ve never gotten used to the very dark rinses, except for “dressy” occasions in LA.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Kathy, thanks again. These are NYDJ’s, purchased probably a year or more ago. I don’t remember the name of the wash, but they have similar washes available currently. I do prefer a dark wash for the office, as it’s dressier.

  11. Leslie
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    Gorgeous scarf. I think mature women look wonderful wearing a little leopard! Your tutorial is perfect and I’ll check out the website!

    leslie
    http://www.trouverlesoleil.blogspot.com

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Leslie, thank you! I’ve been reading a new style book by Lois Joy Johnson called “Wardrobe Wakeup” (more about this soon) and she says that for women of a certain age, leopard is “our” neutral.

  12. Awakening my Wardrobe
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    My scarves always look so disheveled. Just the tutorial that I needed!!! Thank you. Your hair cut and color are very chic.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Awakening my Wardrobe, thank you very much! I hope this is helpful.

  13. Love that tutorial!
    I like to keep my neck warm especially in this chilly weather.
    Nice new hair colour too Susan!

  14. LunaStitches
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    You look great today – I love your jeans. I bought a light weight but voluminuous scarf on sale at Banana Repbulic yesterday and have just tried your tie here at my desk. My scarf isn’t quite as long as yours, but it worked perfectly! Twisting slightly did help to reduce the volume. Thanks so much!

    • Déjà Pseu
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      LunaStitches, thank you! BR has some great scarves. Glad this worked for you!

  15. Brenda
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    Thanks for the scarf lesson. Love your blog and think your style is fabulous! I have been watching L’affaire for discounts and when you showed one today I was thrilled. So, I guess it was meant for me to purchase a cashmere scarf today (which I of course quickly did).

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Brenda, you’re welcome and I hope you’ll be pleased. I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the scarves from L’affaire cashmere.

  16. Ann, Heather and Sheila
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    Great scarf! Thanks for the tip on how to wear it.
    Heather from http://friendshiplifeandstyle.blogspot.com/

  17. Sulky Kitten
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    Never mind the scarf,(which I love) you’re looking fantastic.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Sulky Kitten, thanks; you’re making me blush!

  18. mette
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    Let your hair stay like that, don´t touch it, suits you well.
    I wear a scarf and shawl for warmth too, but don´t pay attention to how I place it ; ).

    • Déjà Pseu
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      mette, thank you. I finally felt this week that it was where I wanted it.

  19. materfamilias
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    I feel the same way about scarves and wellness — and when one looks as good as yours, so much the better!

    • Déjà Pseu
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      materfamilias, yes our scarves are so much more fun and satisfying than a handful of vitamin C tablets! Thank you.

  20. Sacramento Amate
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    Great lesson, and love your colour hair.
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  21. coffeeaddict
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    love the scarf lesson, love the fit of your jeans even more :-)

    • Déjà Pseu
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      coffeeaddict, thank you! A little bit of stretch works wonders…
      ;-)

  22. Anonymous
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    I tried this out immediately with a large wool square folded on the bias. It worked out wonderfully, thank you!–adelfa

    • Déjà Pseu
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      adelfa, ooh great idea! So glad to hear it worked.

  23. Joni
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    Oh no!! An exam??? I better go study up! I already have a leopard scarf too. Does this count on a curve?? ;)
    Of course I love the colors on you as your haircolor inspired mine!

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Joni, of course, we grade on the curve here at Scarf Academy! :-D

      Thanks so much, will have to tell my colorist.

  24. That's Not My Age
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    Trés chic – I wear scarves quite a lot but I’m not sure I could pass an exam!

    • Déjà Pseu
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      That’s Not My Age, thank you! Don’t worry, it’s an open book exam.

  25. Bella Q
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    Great tips- for an awesome scarf! This scarf looks wonderful to wear!

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Bella Q, thanks so much! I love this scarf MUCHO.

  26. Duchesse
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    I see this fold most often here, way more than the aviator. (But, the aviator stays put.) Quebec winter scarves can approach childrens’ blanket size and the coiled wrap is great b/c you can pull it up to shield the chin and even nose. (It’s strange to see the greenery behind you rather than snow.! Lurrrv the jeans, too.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Duchesse, this one does stay put if the fabric “grabs” which this one does. Probably wouldn’t work for silk, but the cashmere holds in place. I imagine those large scarves are necessary there in winter to keep out the arctic chill. Thank you!

  27. BigLittleWolf
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    Fabulous!

  28. WendyB
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    Ooh, I like this kind of tutorial.

  29. Amber of Butane Anvil
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    Beautifully done, thank you, Susan! You have such panache.

  30. sophisticatedlady66
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    I have been “lurking” for a few months, but I couldn’t resist joining today to comment on how beautiful the scarf is and how marvelous it looks on you! Since I have (yet another!) birthday coming up next month, I now know what will be on the top of my wish list.

    On a side note, I’ve loved reading all your posts and must say this is such a positive, life-affirming and often hilarious site, I’m so glad I found it and all of you.

    A bientot mis Amis nouvelles!

    • Déjà Pseu
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      sophisticatedlady66, thanks so very much! I don’t think you’d go wrong with this or any other cashmere scarf. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the posts! And I’m relieved to hear the tutorial was easy to follow.

  31. sophisticatedlady66
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    I forgot to mention, the tutorial was very well explained and easy to follow. As someone who struggles with following directions (in all areas, not just tying scarves), I appreciate the simplicity of your instructions!

  32. Susan Partlan
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    Wow. Susan. The first thing I noticed is your stunning photography!

    Is it just me or do you agree you’ve taken it to the next level? Absolutely gorgeous. The lighting on the 2nd up from bottom is perfect.

    As for scarves, I’m sad to say I was initially attracted to them, but learned the hard way, over time, that I just don’t like them on my neck.

    I can still admire the way you wear them :).

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Susan P., thanks so much! Actually I usually just use the auto setting on my DSLR camera. This time it decided it wanted to use flash. I did have to retouch the glare/reflection of the flash on my glasses lenses a bit, but everything else is “as-is.” I know a few people who can’t tolerate any fabric around the neck, but hey, that’s what jewelry is for!
      ;-)

  33. Susan Partlan
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    Sorry, 3rd from bottom is the photo I liked best, in terms of lighting and playing up your lovely features.

  34. LPC
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    You are so dang cute:).

  35. rubiatonta
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    That’s a great way of tying a scarf — and I have just the scarf for it. Will have to go dig it out.

    And, as many others have said here, you’re looking fabulosa, querida.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      rubiatonta, thanks so much! This works with any larger scarf, really.

  36. Cornelia
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    There is a video on Eileen Fisher’s website about scarf tying including many of the larger sized ones. I too a wear a scarf frequently, being part giraffe and all. :)) I do like the animal print on you, wish I had more guts to try instead of always sticking to the predictable florals and geometrics.

    • Déjà Pseu
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      Cornelia, yes I enjoy their videos very much! I think a softer animal print like this one is very neutral and wearable.

  37. 1-2Punch
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    perfect!

  38. Anonymous
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    That is a great look; I tried it myself yesterday and loved it.

    Only thing I’d suggest is that you start with the scarf on its bias to take down some of the bulk and make it look a little more “oh, I just threw this on and it’s perfect.” Grab one of the corners and let the rest of the scarf fall along the bias, then do your wrap. You end up with pointed triangular corners and less bulk in the body of the scarf, rather than square corners. Does that make sense?

    Amities,
    Marsi

  39. Déjà Pseu
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    Marsi, you’re right of course, and often I do take that extra step.

  40. Rhiannon at After Plumcake
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    So elegantly done, and I bet it would adjust well for those of us whose roundness of face and shortness of neck necessitates a bit more visual space between scarf and chin(s).

    Have I mentioned I adore your haircut? Trop chic.

  41. Closet Coach
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    Yay, scarf tying tutorials! I’m wearing a leopard print scarf today and in a very similar knot. Quelle coincidence!

  42. The Style Crone
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    Thanks and bookmarked, so I don’t forget. You must be doing something right because you glow!

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