This last Christmas, my sister gifted me a vintage silk tie dye scarf. I absolutely love the colors and watercolor effect, but for some reason, I was challenged with styling it. With it being a different shape than a modern scarf, it lacked the length, width, and volume I was used to, it sat unused in my closet. (Sad face). I scoured Pinterest to find different ways of using this type of scarf and found several inspirations that I then turned into ways I found that worked for me.
By wrapping the long scarf around my wrist, it created a colorful accessory to this basic look of a chambray shirt and white cropped denim. I tied in the yellow from the scarf down at my feet with some yellow heels. I simply held one end of the scarf in my palm, leaving enough length to tie and then loosly wrapped it around my arm. With the left over length, I tied a loose knot to create a “bow” detail.
This idea actually came from a finished belt I saw online and I wanted to give it a try. I simply tied the scarf over my white button down in the back. Then I layered a mid-width brown belt over top. The yellow color is now picked up in my mustard polka dot shorts and I picked up a little of the turquoise through my vintage cuff. If I do try this technique again, I would use my obi belt, wrap the scarf over the main part of the belt with fashion tape, and then use the ties over the scarf as the scarf kept wanting to shift down over the belt because it was not ridged.
By using the skinny scarf as a belt through the belt loops of my jeans, it gave color and interest to this all neutral outfit. Out of all the looks, this is my least favorite because I am not used to tucking my shirts in and do not care for the look. I also had issues when it came to going to the restroom because the first time, I tied the knot too tight.
This time, I went for a little pattern mixing as well as focus on the turquoise and mint coloration in the scarf. By artfully tying the scarf on the handle of my satchel, it adds the perfect touch to accessorize the look. I love how the yellow just pops against the muted tones in the rest of my look. Out of all the versions, this is my favorite way to use this lovely vintage scarf.Which is your favorite look? How would you style this scarf?
Today’s Postivity Note
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