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Scarf Tip: Doubling Scarves Quadruples the Interest in this Outfit

How to wear double scarfs and mix prints.

Using unrelated scarves to make a great style statement

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!

Learn how to tie a double scarf with this neat trick.

Instructions for making a scarf statement


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.

How to create a double scarf statement.

Instructions for making a scarf statement

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?

How to use two different scarves to make a bow!

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  • Reply
    Ann G
    October 11, 2016 at 4:24 am

    What a great idea! I must have, literally, 150 scarves and they are my signature piece of clothing. Why have I never thought of using two at a time? Gonna try that this morning. Thank you!

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      October 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Oh my gosh! I’d love to be in your closet playing with your scarves! It opens up a whole new avenue for accessorizing. Have fun!

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    jodie filogomo
    October 11, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Brilliant Brenda!!
    It’s a perfect way to mix prints that’s not so obvious. And you can get more use out of all the scarves in our closets!!!

    • Reply
      October 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      That’s exactly how I felt about it. I like finding easy ways to introduce scary things like mixing prints. This qualifies! Thanks for you comment, Jodie.

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        jodie filogomo
        October 25, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        Hi Brenda
        So i used this trick on one of my mom’s outfits in an upcoming post.
        I assume that you’re okay with me linking to this post showing your example too?

        • Reply
          October 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

          I’m way okay with that, Jodie!

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    October 12, 2016 at 5:24 am

    You are glowing in this picture! Clearly you have found a way to be fashionably clever and keep Mom close to your heart. I hope your day was as beautiful as you are.

    A faithful fan,
    By the way, we just returned from long flights and the bra extender tip is the best!

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      October 14, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Pat! You’re back!!! Glad to hear about the bra extender! I’m taking a trip next week and I need to be reminded of that so thanks! Yes, any way I can keep Mom close lightens my heart. Thanks for noticing that. And welcome home. Xx

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    October 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I love this idea! I have some scarves that I don’t ever seem to wear because they don’t feel right. This will inspire me to see if they just need a friend. 🙂 Thanks, Brenda!

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      October 14, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      One scarf to another scarf, singing: You’ve got a friend!
      I hope your scarves make lots of friends this fall, Virginia!

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    October 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I see so many women my age that have stopped caring how they look and live their live in frumpy clothes. You are right when you say women in their sixties can take simple fashion cues from women in their 20s. I found that I looked great in my moto leather jacket, just skip the mini and skater skirts and stay away from the leather pants unless you have an exceptional figure. With some cute, edgy accessories, you can rock any sweater or jeans in your wardrobe. A hat on a woman turns head. When I wear my red beret, people of all ages smile at me all day. When I wear a subtle boho print dress with beads, macrame sandals and a floppy hat, even very young women say they love my look. Most of my accessories come from the sale table at Wal-mart. But that’s just between us, right ladies? Fashion is more fun now than ever because I have a better sense of who I am and what I like. Have fun with it. Love the two scarves. First novel idea I’ve heard all year.

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