Practical Packing Tip: 10 Uses of Scarves

I once styled a blog on how to wear scarves for Chicify, and I’m repeating it here with a few more features using the super cool and useful large square scarf from Practical Packer! What I’ll show you are just some ways, but if you’re a scarf lover like I am, you probably know by now that the uses are endless, really. Ways to wear them on your head are not included here because they deserve a separate post.

A scarf is ONE item I’ll always have when I travel. No matter how small my bag is, it has to have a scarf. I always find myself needing it – hot or cold, it’s proven it’s worth on the road. And of course, it’s le chic, too! I have a LOT of scarves in my closet (though I just bring one or two every travel) so next time, I’ll share with you just how I store them.

Now, how in the world do you use scarves, really? Let me count the ways.

1. As a mat (as shown on photo above)

2. As a necklace/ neck piece

Fold the scarf into a triangle

Rosette: Fold the scarf into a triangle and wear around your neck. Twist the ends together to achieve a spiral braid and tie the ends. Now the tricky part is to knot the braid without pulling the tail all the way out.

Single Loop: Tie both ends to make a loop.

3. As a bag cover – from the heat, the dust, the rain, or the thieves

4. As a Bag Scarf/ Decor/ Marker (tote is for sale HERE)

5. As a belt

6. As a top

Bandeau: Fold the opposite corners of the scarf into the center. Make it into a long line that’s neither too thin and nor too wide. Wear it around your chest and tie at the front. Best paired with shorts or a knee-length A skirt.

Strapless Top: Make 2 ends meet at the center and wrap around yourself. Tie at the back. Best paired with shorts or linen pants.

Bandana Top: Fold your scarf into a triangle. Place the middle in front and tie both ends at the back. Best paired with white or denim shorts.

Halter Top: Fold your scarf into a triangle. Tie the 2 ends of the triangle around your neck. Tie the tails around your waist. Best paired with shorts or skirt.

7. As a shawl

Elegant Shawl: Lay your scarf flat. Tie both ends of left side. Tie both ends of right side. Slip your arms in the hole and you’ve got a shawl! Perfect for breezy nights.

Cover your upper body with the scarf. Let all ends meet at the chest area and tie all ends together.

Cape: Fold your scarf into a triangle. Place the scarf over your shoulders then place both ends in front. You have the option to leave the ends hanging loose, or tie

8. As a warmer

Double Loop: Tie opposite ends to make a big loop. Wear it, make a figure 8 in front and put the bottom loop over your head.

Another version of the Double Loop

Neck Warmer: Put your scarf around the back of your neck, wrap it around your neck and tuck the ends.

Muffler: Fold your scarf into a triangle and tie both ends at the back.

Another version of the Muffler

Classic Neck Scarf: Put your scarf in front, stretch it all the way to the back and cross both ends. Bring the ends to the front and fluff neckline.

9. As an accent for your wardrobe

Classic: Place the scarf around the back of your neck with the ends naturally hanging in front.

Ascot Wrap: Place the scarf around the back of your neck with the ends naturally hanging in front. Fold one end over the other 2 times. On the 2nd time, bring the end up through the loop at your neck. Fluff the ends.

Square Knot: Place the scarf around the back of your neck with the ends naturally hanging in front. Tie both ends on chest level. Bring the front end back around the bottom end and through the loop created by the two as they cross.

The Flyaway: Place the scarf around the back of your neck with the ends naturally hanging in front. Choose one end and throw it over the opposite shoulder.

Tucked Ends: Put your scarf in front, stretch it all the way to the back and cross both ends. Tuck both ends into the scarf and let them fall naturally. Fluff ends as needed.

Loose Tie: Place the scarf around the back of your neck with the ends naturally hanging in front. Tie both ends on chest level. Fluff the knot and the ends.

10. As an emergency bag! Yes, it’s true and this is one of my most favorite uses!

Here are two ways to do the bags (I love, love, love the Hermes Knotting Cards!):

So…one scarf, ten different uses! More coming up. I hope this tutorial inspired you to be more creative with your scarves! If you’d like to order the exact same scarf (we only have 5 pieces in store, no same color), order HERE.

3 comments on “Practical Packing Tip: 10 Uses of Scarves”

  1. Tonette Abello Reply

    Hi Paula, thanks for putting this up. I have many scarves, most given as gifts and it’s good to see how else to use them. I just wish I could pin them on Pinterest though, for future reference 🙂

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