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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  1. January 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:22 am

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

  2. January 28, 2013 / 12:36 pm

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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:23 am

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

  3. January 28, 2013 / 12:36 pm

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

  4. Sam
    January 28, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    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.

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:26 am

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

  5. January 28, 2013 / 2:25 pm

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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:27 am

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

  6. January 28, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    Love your scarf! Looks GREAT on you!
    Btw, you’re very pretty!!

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:27 am

      gracefully50, thanks so much, you’re very kind!

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:30 am

      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.

  7. January 28, 2013 / 3:58 pm

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

  8. January 28, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    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!

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:34 am

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

  9. Brenda
    January 28, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    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).

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:35 am

      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.

  10. January 28, 2013 / 7:38 pm

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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:38 am

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

  11. January 28, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Great lesson, and love your colour hair.

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:39 am

      Sacramento, thank you so much!! XXXXXX

  12. Anonymous
    January 28, 2013 / 8:42 pm

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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:40 am

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

  13. Pam @ over50feeling40
    January 28, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    I can always use a good scarf lesson!! Have a wonderful day!

  14. Kathy
    January 28, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    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.

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:25 am

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

  15. January 28, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    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!

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:41 am

      Joni, of course, we grade on the curve here at Scarf Academy! 😀

      Thanks so much, will have to tell my colorist.

  16. Insomniac's Attic
    January 28, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    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)

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:26 am

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

  17. January 28, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    Trés chic – I wear scarves quite a lot but I’m not sure I could pass an exam!

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:41 am

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

  18. January 28, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    Great tips- for an awesome scarf! This scarf looks wonderful to wear!

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:42 am

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

  19. January 28, 2013 / 9:44 pm

    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.

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:45 am

      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!

  20. Kathy
    January 28, 2013 / 2:45 pm

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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:29 am

      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.

  21. Awakening my Wardrobe
    January 28, 2013 / 3:50 pm

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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:31 am

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

  22. January 29, 2013 / 12:55 am

    Ooh, I like this kind of tutorial.

  23. Sulky Kitten
    January 28, 2013 / 6:22 pm

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

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:36 am

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

  24. mette
    January 28, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    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 ; ).

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:37 am

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

  25. January 29, 2013 / 3:40 am

    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 :).

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:52 am

      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!

  26. January 29, 2013 / 3:43 am

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

  27. January 29, 2013 / 4:07 am

    You are so dang cute:).

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:53 am

      LPC, thank you! And back atcha. 😀

  28. coffeeaddict
    January 28, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    love the scarf lesson, love the fit of your jeans even more 🙂

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:39 am

      coffeeaddict, thank you! A little bit of stretch works wonders…

  29. January 29, 2013 / 8:47 am

    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.

    • January 30, 2013 / 12:14 am

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

  30. Amber of Butane Anvil
    January 29, 2013 / 1:50 am

    Beautifully done, thank you, Susan! You have such panache.

  31. sophisticatedlady66
    January 29, 2013 / 3:34 am

    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!

    • January 29, 2013 / 4:49 am

      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.

  32. sophisticatedlady66
    January 29, 2013 / 3:36 am

    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!

  33. Anonymous
    January 29, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    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?


  34. Cornelia
    January 29, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    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.

    • January 30, 2013 / 12:15 am

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

  35. 1-2Punch
    January 29, 2013 / 3:10 pm


  36. January 30, 2013 / 12:16 am

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

  37. January 30, 2013 / 3:56 am

    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.

  38. January 30, 2013 / 8:10 pm

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

  39. February 1, 2013 / 4:47 am

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

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