Wearing scarves can seem like a challenging task. Many women think that scarves are hard to work with and simply equate to just throwing one around your neck and tying it into a
loose knot. The fact is that scarves can be a versatile accessory that can be practical as well as decorative. There are some basic scarf folds that can then be applied to a number of uses as accessories.
Letís take a look at a few of the basics and see to what uses they can be employed:
The Linear Fold:
Useful with either a square or rectangular scarf the linear fold creates a very versatile accessory from your scarves. The technique of performing a linear fold is simple, since
as its name implies, it follows the lines of the edges of your scarves.
To create the fold simply start with the scarf laid flat on a surface and bring two opposing sides together to meet in the center of the scarf. (If folding a rectangular scarf,
you should usually bring the two longer sides together.) Crease these folds smooth.
Continue folding these edges inward to the center until you have narrowed the scarf as much as you desire (or as much as needed to suit the purpose to which you intend to put it).
Uses for Linear Fold Scarves:
Among the uses for the linear fold are some that can be very versatile. You can take a scarf folded thusly and tie it into a knot around the neck with the ends allowed to hang
loose as a very simple accessory. Use a square scarf to create a shorter look, or a rectangular scarf for a longer one that adds a bit more drama to a simple suit.
Another idea is to take a linear fold scarf and wrap it around the neck until the ends are shortened, then tie a knot at the throat and tuck the remaining ends over and under.
This is a great pairing with a dress shirt and creates a nice pop of color and interest to an otherwise simple suit or look.
The linear fold scarf also makes a great hair accessory. You can take the folded scarf and tie it around the forehead as a headband, around the head as an Alice band or bring the
ends up from below and tie a decorative bow with the ends of the scarf. As an alternative, you can use the linear fold scarf to wrap around a ponytail and add some color. The scarf used this way also helps to make the
ponytail appear thicker and fuller.
The Triangle/Kerchief Fold:
Another way to work with a square scarf is to use the triangle/kerchief fold. It, too, is a very versatile application and can be used in a variety ways. If anything, the folding
of a triangle/kerchief fold is even simpler than the linear fold. (Itís certainly faster.)
Simply take your scarf and lay it flat then bring two opposing corners together so that you create a triangle, hence the name. Once youíve made a crease at the fold, take the
folded edge and turn it over the top of the triangle to form a border approximately one inch wide along the folded edge. This will give some added structure to the edge as you work the scarf into various uses.