Updated: Oct 18
Spring is already in the corner and is ready to emerge but the winter refuses to give way, and a lot of colorful scarves find their way to be still tied up around our neck and on our shoulders to warm us a little bit more and make also a statement. Yet, it’s only a small accessory but plays the leading role of our outfit.
Scarves are mainly winter, cold, fashion and trendy things, but it's really more than a piece of fabric. Scarf tying can speak for itself; it carries a range of purposes, statements and cultures; it can be related to a culture, a religion and sometimes it indicates the wearer’s affiliation with a particular organization or movement such as to a sports group. Whatever the reason is, scarves tying, styles and colors denote sophistication and confidence, create a personal power statement and express feelings, emotions and opinions of its wearers.
Throughout history, royal women, famous actresses and politicians' wives wore scarves and they became a symbol of classicism, nobility and the 'new power' of women.
A scarf is also a status symbol that meant to signify its owners' high social and economic status and their culture.
There are some scarf tying styles with a meaning from around the world; some carry a deeply spiritual symbol of connection and some of empowerment.
The most common tying style is the European Knot which can be seen on the streets of France, Germany and England.
The classic one is the French knot scarf that conveys chic and conventional way. It adds some Parisian touch to every simple outfit. It is easy to tie and is the seemingly effortless way the French tend to include it in their look.
There is the Over-the-Shoulder look in which the scarf ties around the neck and shoulders to give a noble look as like you carry your head that higher with your nose slightly in the air.
Another one is the triangle which is a modern, official twist that looks almost like wearing a backwards scarf. Nonchalant knots have also been utilized by political royalty that conveys a message of classic style but simple.
In England for example, the most frequent scarf-On-Neck style is the butterfly knot or the tie knot, using either a square silk scarf or a long scarf that can be simply replicated with the use of a ring, rubber band or scarf buckle.
Also, they wear it as a bow using the triangular corners of the scarf or with a straight angle that would make the tie looks more casual.
There is the Once and Twice Around indicates that the wearer is a sophisticated kind of person, but also practical. It offers a great balance between polished and relaxed styles.
The Drape is a style that says that you don’t care for society’s rules too much and that you’ll wear the scarf how you want. It is the simplest way to wear a scarf but also carries a great deal of style.
The Over Hand or Wrap Around are formal ways to wear a scarf; both are functional and get a look of bohemian style.
Other great and simple tying when you want to make a statement without looking too done up is the Fake Knot.
So, next time you throw on your scarf remember that the way in which you tie it, defines your message and your culture.