How To Tie A Silk Scarf Casually

I finally was able to put together another scarf tutorial video yesterday!

If you’ve been hesitant to wear your favorite silk scarves because they feel too conservative, corporate, or tailored for your current style, here are a couple ways to tie a silk scarf casually. (See how I wore the first tie here.)

Spring Road Trip Scarf from Ivana Nohel. Details and how to tie a silk scarf at une femme d'un certain age.

The scarf I’m wearing (gifted) is designed by Ivana Nohel for Red Leopard, but no longer available. It’s the 90cm size. As I mentioned in the video, one of the things I love about silk scarf designs is how they often tell a story. I think this “Road Trip” design is so fun and witty! This warm, bright colorway is in my Spring palette. It’s still available for Autumn (olive) and Winter (purple) color palettes. (More gorgeous Ivana Nohel scarves here.)

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age demonstrates how to tie a silk scarf for casual wear.

For scarves to wear with casual outfits, look for patterns that are modern, graphic, abstract or even irreverent. Classic patterns (such as equestrian themes) can be beautiful, though may read as more conservative.

Good quality silk is durable (and washable), so don’t be afraid to wear it!

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  1. I love these scarf tutorials; thank you, Susan! Now if I could just get back to London so I could go to Red Leopard. I laugh when I see their Instagram videos because I can’t always tell which color is best, so clearly I need lots of help!! Please keep the scarf videos coming.

  2. Great video Susan! Love it. You mention that silk scarves are washable which I am afraid to do. How do you recommend washing them so the colors won’t run?

  3. That coral is definitely your color. Great video. I was given a Hermes scarf that I save for special occasions. The daughter who gave it to me always looks for it, and I hope your casual-tie video will help me wear it more often. I finally took a deep breath and washed it, as you have said you have done. It was practically brand new, but this was a way for me to assert my dominion over it and make less intimidating. (And softer.) My mother had a closet full of unworn clothes that she was saving for Special Occasions, and I’m trying not to do the same. Do you have clothes that you find too intimidating to wear?

  4. I’ve never worn silk scarves that way, maybe because I’m an artist and wear art smocks and such to work. But I’m wondering what size scarf works best for the examples in your video. Great tutorial!

  5. Love your videos, and your ideas for the casual scarf ties! Soft silk scarves are warm and comfortable on the skin, but sometimes they look fussy so this is perfect.

  6. Very helpful video, thanks! And – I think your laugh is adorable. I don’t mean that in a diminishing or patronizing way, it’s just lovely!

  7. What size scarf were you wearing in the tutorial? The 90 mm or the 140 mm – that might be helpful information.
    Thanks, Maire

  8. You have such a cute and genuine smile. Unrelated question: Do you have any travel wardrobe postings for beach, island type trips? Thank you.

  9. That colour on you is amazing! I just subscribed to your You Tube channel and discovered your previous dark hair. The black and white with dark hair was very nice but you now look so sunny and bright.
    From one colourful wardrobe wearer to another, thank you for the scarf tutorial.

  10. Susan, this is an excellent tutorial video. I absolutely love to wear silk scarves as I do not wear many prints. I have moved to an area of the country that dresses more casually and now I can wear my scarves without looking overdressed! Like you, I have Spring coloring and I wondered what color lipstick you are wearing today.

  11. First, the color you have on is beautiful on you. Secondly, bias folding a scarf has been a game changer. I love scarves but could never figure out how to fold them so it didn’t feel strange. Thank you!

  12. Thanks for showing me another way to wear a scarf. Except in summer I wear a scarf every day so I appreciate it. I was actually distracted by your eye make up. Perfect! I would love you to do a tutorial on your make up.

  13. I love hearing you! You are so warm and friendly. I have a few Hermes scarves that can indeed be too stiff and “uptight”…your tie tricks were perfect. But I would like a couple of tips…the silk is so slippery it won’t hold the knot and the 2 loops end up gaping. I ended up using an Hermes square scarf ring and that stabilized the knot issue but I’d like to not use it all the time.
    Any ideas on the slipping? Any ideas way to keep the 2 loops from separating on the first way you styled the scarf? Love the colors!

    1. Hi Jan, I find that generally if I arrange the knotted loop to the outside of the other one, it tends to stay in place. This tie will shift more than the other one. I haven’t had the issue with the silk not holding a double knot, not sure what to suggest there.

  14. I have just tried both these methods and I am so very pleased. They work perfectly. That twisting technique is the ticket for sure.

    Thank you for all you do.

  15. I love the silk square scarf tie tutorials! I recently got a scarf as a gift and almost gave it away. It was your video that caused me to keep it. I’m actually looking to buy one more (in my colors, not the neutral I received). I need to give one of these ties a try.

  16. hi Susan, love your scarf tutorials! I was wondering if you have any tips for tying a 36″ square scarf, or a long rectangle, so that it doesn’t have to be looped twice around the neck and is quite so snug? I find it just gets too warm! Looking forward to any ideas you have! Thanks so much!!

  17. I love your video tutorials. You give such good information and answer my unspoken questions . Thanks so much.