In the hit television show Gracie and Frankie, Lily Tomlin’s character, Frankie Bergstein, looks radiant wearing a vintage orange print head scarf. Her character is one of hundreds who have embraced the great look of summer scarves on the little and big screen – from the hip turban scarf Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw) wore in Sex and the City – to the beautiful chiffon print head scarf Susan Sarandon (Louise) rocked in Thelma and Louise.
Indeed, scarves aren’t just a warm weather accessory. Scarves not only add pizzazz to your summer wardrobe, but also keep your head cool from the blazing sun, cover up neck wrinkles, and look smashing draped around a lovely sun dress. During summer months – think silk, chiffon, fine weaves, and traditional cotton bandanas. The addition of a silk head scarf can transform basic capris or skirts into something special, while flowing long neck scarves can glamorize dressier outfits. If you’re wearing a solid color outfit, choose paisley, flower, animal, or geometric prints. If you’re wearing a print dress, a solid-colored scarf will complement this without clashing. Head scarves can be in the same color palette as your outfit, but neck scarves look better if there is contrast, so a slightly darker, patterned scarf can add panache to a muted beige dress.
Summer Scarf Styles
Slim head wrap:
Fold a silk scarf down the middle horizontally, reducing the scarf to half its size. Place the scarf at the back of the head and bring each side forward towards your face, making sure both sides are equal. Join each side in front of the head in the middle of your forehead, twist the scarf around itself twice, then bring both ends to the back of the head again. Make a knot to secure everything in place, tucking in loose ends from the knot into the scarf at the back of your head. You can adjust the fit and look on this one to make it tighter and slimmer.
Bohemian head turban:
Open up the scarf fully, placing one edge along the forehead and bringing the other edge to the back of the head, so it fully covers your head. Grab both ends with each hand and make a knot at the back of the head, making certain each end is even. Grab the knot and move it to the side of your head and tie a large bow. You can also let out one side of the bow to create a more casual vibe.
Draped on shoulders:
Fold a large scarf in half to make a triangle, drape it around your shoulders as you would a shawl, and tie mid-chest with a double knot.
Slimming and stylish:
Place a long, rectangular scarf around your neck so it hangs evenly at either side, then put a slim, neutral-color belt over it around the waist. This style has the added bonus of slimming the midsection by diverting attention away from your hips.
Silky loose cowl:
Place a long, sheer silky scarf around your neck so the two ends hang evenly. To create one long loop, join them by tying a small knot. Halfway along the loop, cross the scarf over to create a figure-eight, pass the bottom loop over your head to create a loose cowl, with the knot at the back of the neck.
Place the scarf around your neck, leaving one end shorter than the other. Hold the short end firmly in one hand then start twisting the long end, wrapping it around the neck as you twist. When there is no fabric left to twist, neatly tuck the ends in at the back – presto, you’ve created a beautiful statement necklace in a matter of seconds!
Fold the scarf diagonally in half to form a triangle and wrap around your neck twice. Tie the two loose ends together in a knot, concealing it underneath the bulk of the scarf. Arrange the ends to lie flat, forming cute little bunny ears at the bottom.
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