2 chic yet practical ways to style a scarf

Scarf season’s in full swing here in frigid Boston, and I wanted to share two styling methods that I often rely on when running out the door. I’d recommend watching my Instagram reel for a video demo of each one!

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1. Over-the-Shoulder Tie Method
How to style a scarf so it stays put secured

The over-the-shoulder toss you see everywhere is highly impractical for me, as any wind or movement will inevitably cause it to come undone in a minute. Rather, I love this method where you simply tie the scarf in front of you once, then pivot the tied part over one shoulder. Looks chic and stays put so much better!

2. The double front tuck + tiktok hack
winter white petite cream work outfit with boots
Everlane sweater xxs, J.Crew Kate pants 00 petite (similar pants I like with pull-on style), Zara booties (old, pretty similar), H&M scarf (old, similar)

This one is best demonstrated in my reel video, but you basically criss cross the scarf behind your neck and pull the tail ends to the front. Next, tuck each tail end inside the piece around your neck.

As an added step, there’s a viral hack going around social media where you then pull one of the scarf pieces behind your head upward like a hood. I initially brushed this look off as too “little red riding hood” for me to actually wear, but have come to appreciate it for when you forget a hat and it’s extra windy or cold out!

How to style women's scarf as a hat tiktok hack
Mango coat (old, similar current Mango coats here and here starting in xxs)
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  1. Ansh Pruthi wrote:

    Great post! I really like the different ways you’ve suggested styling a scarf. It’s amazing how just one accessory can change an entire look. I’m definitely going to try out these looks!

    Posted 1.27.23 Reply
  2. Leah wrote:

    Hi Jean, It’s great having a petite-focused blog as I’ve learned many o’ tips from you! Non-clothes related question, do you know the name of the color that your dresser is painted? It’s so pretty. Thanks, Leah

    Posted 1.19.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Leah, thank you so much for following along and for your kind note! Unfortunately I don’t know the color name as I purchased the dresser as is. It’s from a brand called Darby Home on Wayfair but I got it several years ago and haven’t been able to find it again on their site

      Posted 1.20.23 Reply
  3. Dorothy wrote:

    68 degrees in houston. Wearing sweater is even too hot!

    I love the scarf folding technique and tried it on my thin scarves as I’m short & chubby in face. It works great.

    Posted 1.19.23 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I’m so glad to hear you were able to adapt the technique and use it with what you have on hand!

      Posted 1.20.23 Reply

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