How To Look Glam in a Scarf

The most elegant of accessories is also one of the most versatile. How to tie and wear it so it looks oh-so-glam.


It is generally agreed upon that a scarf is just about as glamorous and luxurious as fashion accessory can get (and it makes the perfect accessory for a summer in the Hamptons). From Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Sarah Jessica Parker (aka. Carrie) in Sex and the City, a well-placed scarf has always been a powerful symbol of feminine allure.

How To Look Glam in a ScarfWhether used to shield top stars from publicity (think Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) or to guard against negative energy or spirits (as silk is thought to do in many cultures), the silk scarf has always had a certain refined charm about it. Even when Grace Kelly used her Hermes scarf as a sling to support a broken arm, the scarf was still the ever-glamorous focal point remembered.

Hermes’ iconic scarves are the undisputed leader in the luxury scarf arena. Hermes was founded in 1837 by saddle maker Thierry Hermes and is now directed by the seventh generation of the Hermes family. The scarves, which are made in Lyon, France, were introduced to the Hermes collection in the 1930s and have since become a favorite of the world’s fashion elite, including many members of the royal families. In the How To Look Glam in a Scarfmany years that Hermes has been making their famous hand-rolled scarves, they have created thousands of designs. It takes about forty minutes per scarf just to hand-roll the edges and about two years to complete a scarf design. Just look at a Hermes scarf and you’ll know why they make their own silk, why it’s so different, and why you just have to have it.

Here’s how to tie it, once you get it:

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 12 Comments

  1. Avatar of Camilla Bells

    Camilla Bells

    Am I the only one who is not comfortable wearing a scarf? like wearing JUST a scarf. I just feel naked. I don’t like it

  2. Avatar of Martha Tucker

    Martha Tucker

    I wear a scarf pretty much all the time when I go to the beach. But on my pool or on a private resort. i ONLY wear a scarf.

  3. Avatar of Angela Sum

    VERY cute diy style post, never seen the belt or bag one before!

  4. Avatar of Francis Woods

    Francis Woods

    Hilary – you should have photos of YOU wearing the scarves!

  5. Avatar of Gabrielle Williams

    Gabrielle Williams

    I tried the first one and when my friends learned that I was actually wearing a scarf, they can’t help but comment “Wow!” “Fantastic” “How did you do that?”

    So I shared this article with them 🙂 You’re awesome, Hilary! Your tips made me glamorous!

  6. Avatar of Christine Muchoe

    Christine Muchoe

    Definitely saving this article as a reference! Love the idea of making it into a shirt!!

  7. Avatar of Jude Vargas

    Perfect. This is going to be bookmarked! Thanks for the tips, Hilary 😀

  8. Avatar of Jen Spillane

    Jen Spillane

    I've seen a lot of different ways to tie scarves, but never a list as versatile as this one. Thanks!

  9. Avatar of Sandra Brown

    Sandra Brown

    This is an amazing article that will give my Hermes scarf a new and exciting look 🙂 I usually just stick to the traditional around the neck style, However, I do like the look of some of the other suggestions here.

  10. Avatar of Auriane Desombre

    Great suggestions! I usually always tie them the same way, but I'll try these methods for sure in the future.

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