You'll Never Run Out of Solutions for How to Tie a Scarf with This Easy Guide

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Sure, we love our puffer coats and fuzzy bags, but if you ask us, no winter wardrobe is truly complete without the addition of a scarf. Aside from providing warmth, this accessory is often our outfit's missing piece, adding interest, color, or even a fun print. However, there are numerous ways for how to tie a scarf, and each twist or knot has the ability to transform a look, taking it from meh to whoa.

All in all, we've discovered a total of 18 ways to tie a scarf — which sure feels like a lot for such a tiny piece of material. We've also created a handy step-by-step guide using GIFs, showing you exactly how to play around with your average 30'' x 80'' design like a pro.

So, if you're hoping to go beyond that simple drape, read on for a few fun ways for how to tie a scarf, helping you make the most out of this little extra all season long.

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The Basic Drape

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Step 1: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang.

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Belted Drape

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Step 1: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang.

Step 2: Fasten a skinny belt over the scarf at the waist.

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The Toss

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Step 1: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck.

Step 2: Toss one end over the opposite shoulder.

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The Reverse Drape

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Step 1: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang.

Step 2: Toss one end of the scarf over one shoulder.

Step 3: Toss the other end over the opposite shoulder.

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The Front Tie

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Step 1: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang.

Step 2: Cross and tie the two ends in the center. Adjust so that one is layered over the other, and fluff.

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The Basic Loop

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Step 1: Drape the scarf unevenly around your neck (the short end should hit the chest area).

Step 2: Loop the longer end around your neck twice before letting it hang.

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Knotted Basic Loop

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Step 1: Drape the scarf unevenly around your neck (the short end should hit the chest area).

Step 2: Loop the longer end around your neck twice before letting it hang.

Step 3: Jauntily tie the two ends off to the side.

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Tucked-In Basic Loop

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Step 1: Drape the scarf unevenly around your neck (the short end should hit the chest area).

Step 2: Loop the longer end around your neck twice before letting it hang.

Step 3: Cross the two ends and tuck them under the loop.

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The Loop Through

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Step 1: Fold your scarf in half and drape around your neck.

Step 2: Feed both ends through the loop and pull through.

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The Neckerchief

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Step 1: Halve the scarf twice, so that it's a rectangle.

Step 2: Fold the square diagonally for a triangular shape.

Step 3: Take the two ends located on the longest side of the triangle and tie it around your neck.

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The Faux Infinity

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Step 1: Knot the two opposite corners of the scarf together to create a circle.

Step 2: Swing it over your head (with the knot at the back) twice.

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The Head Scarf

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Step 1: Spread out the fabric and drape it over your head.

Step 2: Toss one end over one shoulder.

Step 3: Throw the remaining end across the other shoulder.

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The Wrap

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Step 1: Treat your scarf like a shawl—spread out the fabric and wrap it evenly around both shoulders.

Step 2: Leave one end across your body. Throw the other one across the opposite shoulder.

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The Wrap Without Tails

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Step 1: Treat your scarf like a shawl—spread out the fabric and wrap it evenly around both shoulders.

Step 2: Tuck one corner underneath the scarf behind the opposite shoulder.

Step 3: Throw the remaining end across the other shoulder.

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The Figure 8

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Step 1: Fold your scarf in half and drape around your neck.

Step 2: Feed the top end through the loop.

Step 3: Twist the loop to create a second hole.

Step 4: Feed the bottom end through the second hole. Adjust accordingly.

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The Neck-Tie

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Step 1: Drape the scarf around your neck. Make sure one end is longer than the other (the longer side will be the one to create the knot).

Step 2: Bring the longer end behind and then over the shorter end to create a makeshift loop.

Step 3. Feed the longer end up and into this loop to form a knot. Tighten the knot and push up (like a tie).

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Loop with Neck-Tie

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Step 1: Loop the scarf around your neck once. Make sure one end is longer than the other (the longer side will be the one to create the knot).

Step 2: Bring the longer end behind and then over the shorter end to create a makeshift loop.

Step 3. Feed the longer end up and into this loop to form a knot. Tighten the knot and push up (like a tie).

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The Pretzel

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Step 1: Fold your scarf in half and drape around your neck.

Step 2: Feed the top end through the loop.

Step 3. Take the bottom end and bring it up over and through that same loop.

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