20+ Ways to Tie a Head Scarf

Hello, sunshine! Long-awaited light and lovely days are upon us, and while for many this may signal the end of scarf season, we see it as an opportunity to twist, knot, and style our lightest and brightest scarves in a series of new ways!

This spring, the must-try trend we’re obsessing over is the head scarf. While it may seem like a daunting task to transform a scarf into a beautiful new ‘do, we’ve made it easier than ever to mimic the season’s most popular head scarf styles — and, of course, a few knots of our own! With step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow video tutorials, the SDN gals will have you tying like a pro in no time.

For instructions on our newest knots, click through the head scarves below. Also, be sure to check out our complete collection of head scarf tutorials over in the Knot Library and be sure to browse our Knots for Hope resource, the original inspiration for our head scarf obsession.

20+ ways to tie a head scarf
Twist & Shout Heidi Braid Knotty Twist Up in Knots Itty Bitty Bow Twisted Crown Twisty Turban Side Scarf Pony Knotty But Nice Knotted & Nautical Little Bow Peep Middle of Everywhere A Knot in My Hair All Twisted Up My Little Pony To Be or Knot to Be Criss Cross Oversized Chignon Miss Knotty Do The Twist Head Scarf Tutorials

Looking for new scarves to style this spring? Shop our spring collection, perfect for pairing with everything from maxi dresses to flowy blouses. Not to mention, they’re absolute head scarf perfection!

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How to Tie a Scarf: Festival Season Knots

how to tie a scarf for festival season

Crop tops, cutoff shorts, denim jackets, and cowboy boots likely come to mind when thinking about music festival style. When it comes to accessories, we see visions of wayfarers, floral crowns, and cross-body bags. But one accessory you might be overlooking is a scarf. Forget what you know about the cold weather accessory and think lighter, brighter versions to adorn your neck and shoulders as temperatures rise.

Take a look at these fun knots that are perfect for a summer music festival (and don’t shy away from the rest of our 50+ scarf knots here)!

The Muffler II

the muffler II

Sometimes less is more. The Muffler II is perfect for dressing up a basic tank and adding a pop of color or print. Imagine a white tank with the Andrea Paisley scarf, shorts, and ankle moto boots, or pair a black romper with the Claudia Silk scarf and gladiator sandals.

The Scarf Bustier

scarf bustier

Who said a scarf is just for wearing around your neck? Rather than having a scarf adorn your crop top, why not have the scarf be your crop top? The Scarf Bustier is the perfect way to implement this midsection-baring trend with a unique twist. In order to achieve this “knot,” it is important to choose a large scarf like the Madelyn Polka Dot scarf or the Erin Geo scarf. Pair it with a maxi skirt and denim jacket and you’re ready for the show!

The Infinity Scarf Shrug

infinity scarf shrug

The Infinity Scarf Shrug is perfect for adding extra coverage to bandeaus and swimsuit tops. As the name suggests, this look requires an infinity scarf. Layer a single-colored style like the Billy Sparkle Infinity scarf over a patterned top, or layer a printed style like the Liz Tribal Infinity scarf over a solid maxi dress.

Skinny Scarf Necklace

skinny scarf necklace

The Skinny Scarf Necklace is perfect for those who want to add a little something extra to their look without getting too warm in the spring and summer heat. This style requires a skinny scarf to create a look that isn’t too heavy. The Reagan Floral Skinny scarf and the Jordan Zebra Skinny scarf are two great options.

Neck Tie Knot

neck tie knot

Think neckties are just for the guys? This fun knot will make you think again! The Neck Tie Knot is best created with lightweight scarves like those made of silk and linen materials. The Tiffany Peacock scarf and the Olivia Linen scarf are ideal, and believe us when we tell you, this scarf knot is much easier to tie than an actual necktie!

8 Knots for Every Holiday Party

Welcome to the most wonderful party time of the year! Spruce up your sweaters or LBDs with the most versatile holiday accessory this season — a scarf, of course! Whether you’re baking cookies with grandma or gussying up with the girls, we picked the perfect knot for every occasion. Go ahead, be our guest!

how to tie a scarves for the holiday season!

Click on the knot links for a step-by-step how-to of each scarf tying technique!

1. The Fancypants Work Soiree

Impress even your chicest coworkers at the office party with a gorgeous ascot wrap! We advise grabbing your most sparkly scarf to make it even fancier.

2. The Family Reunion

The slip knot is a super comfy, classic scarf style — perfect for cider sipping and combating all those cringe-worthy life questions from your relatives!

3. The NYE Bash

Sip champagne and watch the ball drop in a fancy half bow epaulette, which adds just the right amount of girly-glitz to your party dress!

4. Caroling & Hot Cocoa

Calm the caroling nerves and send those shivers away with a cozy muffler knot! This scarf style keeps your neck warm and toasty, and adds festive flair to your winter coat.

5. The Black Tie Affair

Whether for a wedding or swanky charity event, this knot definitely ups the elegance ante! Keep those shoulders snug in a faux fur infinity scarf shrug, and you’ll be the belle of the holiday ball.

6. Cookie Baking & Decorating

Get down to some serious baking business with a fancy braid! This knot keeps your scarf clean of any cookie dough, while making you look you so Martha-chic in the kitchen.

7. The Ugly Sweater Party

Cute-ify that hideous holiday apparel with a DIY circle scarf  — but use shiny garland, instead! All you need are some jingle bell earrings, and you’re all set for a jolly good time.

8. The Potluck Dinner

Is it just us, or do you get a little too warm from scarfing down those sides, too? Look lovely without constricting your neck in a knotted scarf – and bring on the seconds!

See something you like? Get a closer look at these beauties in the Scarves Dot Net shop!

1. Lauren Metallic Scarf | 2. Haven Fringe Scarf | 3. The Mariah Metallic Scarf is sold out, but this Roxie Sparkle Scarf is perfect for NYE, too! | 4. Dakota Snake Print Scarf  | 5. Bridget Faux Fur Infinity Scarf | 6. The Tristan Zig-Zag Scarf is sold out, but we LOVE the Bianca Striped Scarf for braiding, too! | 7. Super-sparkly garland from the store :) | 8.  Solid Colored Pashmina 

Scarf Styling: Knots for Every Neckline

With so many opportunities for scarf styling ahead, we figured it was time to put our Knot Library to the test! We sent our scarf scouts out into the field with one challenge in mind – to prove that you can wear a scarf with practically anything.

Our stylish soldiers rose to the occasion and rifled through the racks, returning triumphant with the perfect knot to play up every neckline!

Ps. Just click through the neckline image of your choice for more on how to tie the perfectly-paired knot!

Round: Fancy Braid V-Neck: Four-in-Hand Camisole: Knot Row Square: Chain Knot Sweetheart: Ponytail Wrap One-Shoulder: Scarf Boa Strapless: Scarf Belt Bateau: Pan Am Off-the-Shoulder: Girly Windsor

For an even deeper look at our troop’s top-secret findings, check out page 7 of our All Tied Up ebook!

Even More Knots for Every Neckline

Attention all knot connoisseurs! Be sure to check out our other new neckline-specific knots to master below: