How To Tie A Silk Scarf: 2 Neat & Easy Variations

Some of you have been asking for updated scarf tutorials, and I’ve been promising to do them for years now. The truth is, my video skills are pretty rudimentary…and I don’t have a videographer or fancy equipment. But I could keep making excuses forever, or just dive in. So consider this my dog paddle in the shallow end. 😉

How To Wear A Silk Square Scarf

A silk square can be a nice option to keep drafts off the neck when it’s still too warm for a heavier scarf, or just to add some color near the face and a focal point.

Maybe you have some silk scarves languishing in a drawer somewhere. I’ve found they can be intimidating, between the volume of fabric, and the slipperiness. And I won’t lie; they can look matronly depending on the colors, pattern, how they’re tied and what they’re worn with. Your own style and proportions will determine what scarves and arrangements work best for you.

I started with these two ties because they’re easy, don’t require constant readjustment, and help “wrangle” a lot of fabric into a neat arrangement. They’d work well if you’re traveling, or in a desk-to-dinner situation. If you want to reduce the volume even further and have them look less “done,” just twist the bias-folded fabric a few times before you tie it.

The silk scarves I’m wearing in the video are from Ivana Nohel. Madame Butterfly scarf is HERE. The other scarf was a gift from my friends at Red Leopard, and isn’t currently on the website.

More silk square scarves:

Silk twill will soften up with wear. It’s also a very durable material…don’t be afraid to scrunch it, knot it, twist it. Any creases will usually fall out once the scarf is folded or laid flat. Now, some will disagree, but I cold-water wash my silk scarves (either by hand or in a lingerie bag on the delicate cycle in the machine). I’ve even put one of my Hermès scarves in the dryer on low heat (to intentionally soften the fabric) and it came out just fine.

So don’t be afraid to pull those scarves out and wear them! Do you have a favorite silk scarf?

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61 Comments

  1. Elle
    December 8, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Thank you! Your expertise with scarves was really evident in the effortless way that you positioned and tied them. Your foray into video was very successful!!! We are all hoping that you continue this venture.

  2. December 9, 2019 / 7:06 am

    Susan – thank you for doing this, you look fantastic and these are some new tricks for me to try. After following you since about the time you left corporate life, it’s nice to hear your voice. Hope the overwhelmingly positive response will encourage more off this format. Have a great week!

  3. Stephanie J
    December 11, 2019 / 10:34 am

    Loved the video and just ordered the Longchamp Paris scarf. Will be trying your techniques soon. Very helpful!

  4. Dale
    December 17, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    Just wanted to say how much younger you seem in video (I realize this may come off as a back-handed compliment, but I was sincerely struck by your personality in motion), and how charming you are. Video is your medium. Please do more!!

  5. Pam Miller
    January 6, 2020 / 8:31 am

    A charming and informative video. I love scarves and wear them often in the fall and winter. I never get on a flight without a trusty large scarf. So handy.

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