Welcome to this episode of scarf tips where we’ll be using two unrelated scarves of different lengths to make one glorious beauty statement.
Why would we want to use two scarves at once? When one scarf doesn’t bring enough design weight to an outfit, it’s time to think outside the box.
That’s what was happening with my outfit one morning last week. My jean outfit needed a point of interest and the first two accessory attempts failed so I got to improvising. I was so happy with the results I just had to share!
Double scarf tip steps
Step One and Two: I started with my accordion blue floral print scarf that I found in Mother’s Scarf Stash in August when I was back home. I’ve worn it alone but it just wasn’t enough of a statement with this ’50s style navy hefty weight jacket that I was teaming with flared jeans and cowboy boots. It got lost.
I didn’t want to give up on this scarf idea so I went to my closet to look for something I could pair with the floral print scarf.
I found this recently purchased abstract print skinny scarf that I’ve used as a slim tie. It also has a lot of blue in it. It’s longer than Mother’s scarf as you can see, but I decided to see what would happen if I put them together.
I took the two narrow scarves and wrapped them around my neck.
Steps Three and Four: Holding them both together, I looped them as if they were one. Next I tied a square knot. In this case I wanted the knot to rest just below the collar bone so it had some neighborly alignment with the notches in the collar of my jacket.
Once I did that, I could really see how one scarf is a lot longer. “What should I do next?” I asked myself.
Step five: I got the idea to pull the tails of the longer scarf together and make a bow. The bow nestles just below the square knot and kind of flops over. It’s a very thin fabric so flopping comes naturally to it. The knot and the bow are definitely kissing scarf cousins. That’s key. If there was a gap, it wouldn’t have looked nearly as smart.
Scarf tying happiness
I adore the results!
One: I’m thrilled to be mixing prints in this scarf tip. The clothing colors I’m wearing are so neutral. The indigo jeans are nearly the same color as the navy jacket. My T-shirt is ivory: silk on the front and cashmere/silk knit on the back.
The pieces themselves are all so simple.
Creating a statement at the neck (or upper chest) is what was required with these classic pieces. Once I got the scarves taken care of I added my Alexis Bittar blue sparkly earrings and a few favorite silver bangles.
Oh, and my vintage Lucite bracelet that has Chinese beetles in it. We’ll talk about that another time.
Two: I adore how fluffy these scarves are when they’re tied together this way.
Remember one scarf (Mother’s) is an accordion pleated scarf and the long narrow one is flat silk. So I’m getting textural interest with the different surfaces and the bulk of two together gives it a richer and more substantial look.
You can play with them too!
And if you’re bored you can play with them. They’re so flopsy mopsy and fun. I couldn’t resist bouncing the bow up and down.
I think this scarf combo is equivalent to how it feels to wear a skirt or dress that twirls.
Do you have two unrelated scarves that want to have fun together? Share your scarf adventures with us, okay?