Scarves 101

Scarves 101

It’s no secret that scarves are an essential for any well-rounded autumn wardrobe. They’re an easy way to add color while looking put-together and overall fabulous. Finding the perfect scarf to compliment an outfit is easy – styling it to achieve its (and your outfit’s) full potential is no simple task.

Like so many fashion staples, scarves come in many different shapes and sizes – each holding the power to turn your outfit into a look. In our series, Scarf Tying 101, we’ll teach you tips and tricks from our crack team of super-tyers. We start with the pashmina (namely, our Street Market Pashmina). Pashminas are larger, rectangular, and generally made of a silky fabric that shares its name. Here’s how we get the look that graces the pages

Check out our step by step video!


1. Grab the pashmina at opposite corners.
2. Starting with the middle of the scarf in front of you, pull each corner around, behind your head.
3. Pull each corner back around to the front. Tie a knot slightly to one side. This will add shape!
4. Adjust as needed.

If you don’t get it the first time, don’t worry! Re-draping a pashmina is simple.

1. Take the scarf off without untying the knot.
2. Starting with the middle of the scarf in front of you, pull the knot behind your head.
3. Twist the scarf, and pull the knot back over your head.
4. Rest the knot to one side; adjust as needed.

Here’s another great way to wear a pashmina without the trials and tribulations of knot tying:

Step #1: Hold the pashmina in the middle, with the scarf folded in half.
Step #2: Wrap the scarf around, behind your head.
Step #3: Pull the loose ends of the scarf (on one side) through the loop (on the other side)
Step #4: Adjust as needed.

We hope this was helpful! We’ll be back next week with the next installment of Scarves 101; and as always, happy shopping!

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  1. Club Pashmina 09/19/2008 at 5:54 pm #

    Great article on one of the uses of the world-famous pashmina shawls. Thank you and do not forget to check our shawls att

  2. Heather 09/19/2008 at 6:59 pm #

    cool! and thanks. very helpful (and so much more … discreet! … than asking in person 😉

  3. Lora 09/19/2008 at 7:02 pm #

    Wow, I have always wondered how you guys tied those scarves so easily. Thanks so much!


  4. Sandra 09/19/2008 at 8:54 pm #

    Yay I am so excited! Scarves are such a simple add-on to a puurrrfect outfit.

  5. Kelsee 09/19/2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this–it was very simple and easy to follow. I cannot wait to try it!

  6. Sara 09/19/2008 at 10:58 pm #

    yes! i always wondered how i could tie scarves in some cool ways and this was exactly what i needed. thanks modcloth!

  7. Betty 09/20/2008 at 1:54 am #

    i’m pretty sure my pashimina is twice as big D:
    its so unruly but i will try!

  8. Tracey 09/20/2008 at 2:18 am #

    Thanks so much for the tips!! Scarves can be tricky little things to get right.

  9. christine 09/22/2008 at 10:53 am #

    so incredibly glad you’re doing this, i was just scowering the internet yesterday for instructions with no luck… so thank you!

  10. Jamie 09/24/2008 at 1:24 pm #

    Thank you!!! Now please help me with all those random square silk scarves and long skinny silk scarves I inherited from my grandmother. I usually just mangle them for a while trying to make them look good and then give up when they are a wrinkled mess.

  11. Kristin 11/03/2008 at 4:34 pm #

    This was fabulous! However….please, please, *please* give us more! This video was such a hit in my office, and although I’ve worn scarves almost every day for years, I never figured this one out on my own.

    Would love some more new ideas for my scarf wardrobe!

  12. Kristin 11/03/2008 at 4:35 pm #

    Never mind! Just found them, THANK YoU!

  13. Patch 09/24/2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Your article is simple great, Especially for beginners!

  14. Virginia 08/22/2014 at 9:31 pm #

    so sad the video is no longer available – 🙁


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