Scarves 101: Styles

We explored the different scarf shapes in our previous blog post - Scarves 101: Shapes. Here in this post of our styling blog we’ll delve further into the fashion world of scarves and expand on scarf styles. There are so many styles that it can get confusing on which scarves have what purposes. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you find the perfect scarf accessory for your outfit.

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Bandana and Neckerchief Scarf

This is a square scarf, most commonly a square piece of cloth, folded into a triangle. This style of scarf is worn around the neck or head and sometimes as a ponytail wrap. It’s usually made of cotton or silk and can be found in a variety of colors and patterns.

Head Scarf

The head scarf can have a variety of uses. It can be worn for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or religious purposes. It most commonly covers the head and hair, although sometimes it is wrapped around like a headband or tied around a ponytail. Head scarves can be found in lighter fabric for warmer weather or chunky knit fabric for colder weather.

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Neck Scarf

The neck scarf is the most versatile type of scarf. They can be found in nearly any color or print imaginable and any size. Made and available in an array of fabrics, neck scarves can be worn all year round. Popular types of neck scarves are the bandana, infinity, square and skinny scarves.

Skinny Scarf

This is a very long, thin, rectangle scarf. This thin scarf is perfect for warm weather because it’s not too bulky and available in light fabric. The skinny scarf is also perfect for the months when the night air is cool. Elle has recently declared that the skinny scarf will be the new favorite accessory. Right now, the skinny scarf is most commonly found in silk, lace and lightweight jersey.

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Hip Scarf

The hip scarf is designed to drape around the hips. The most two popular types of hip scarves is the sarong and those worn for belly dancing. The hip scarf can be either in a rectangle or triangle shape. The sarong is used as a skirt or cover up and is seen as fashionable and effortless. When used for belly dancing the hip scarf is usually adorned with beads, coins or other trinkets. The hip scarf can also be attached to the wrists or worn over the face.

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Well, there you have it. Now you know all the shapes and styles that scarves can come in. We also shared some secrets on which fabrics are more comfortable during the seasons. You don’t want to buy a wool scarf for that summer outfit because odds are it will be so hot and uncomfortable you’ll never wear it! Be sure to keep checking back for more style tips from us and check out some of our other style secrets such as: What IS a Statement Piece? and The Secret of Necklace Lengths.

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