How does your Mum wear a scarf?

Does she favour the Audrey, the Lazy Girl, or the Knot? 

Is she traditional and inclined towards a square worn as a headscarf, like the Queen? Perhaps she prefers a longer more drapey affair worn like a shawl, or maybe a fine silk crepe twisted like a necklace?

We asked Paprika Gift’s very own Anne to share her thoughts on why scarves are so popular with mums, women and fashion-lovers in general, and to give us some tips on her favourite styling.

The wonderfully versatile accessory

In winter we mostly wear scarves for practical purposes to keep us warm. In summer they come into their own as a decorative addition to any wardrobe. Scarves come in a wide range of styles, colours and fabrics. They are the modern-day equivalent of a piece of jewellery, and we can use them to enhance an outfit in the same way as any other accessory.

After all, nothing is more of a statement than a significant silk head square – perhaps Hermès – tied to a bag.

My favourite way to wear a scarf is the classic ‘loop’ and I’ve done a quick video to show you how to create the look yourself here.

The Loop

Three other styles I think are very popular are the ‘Knot’, the ‘Lazy Girl’ and the ‘Ascot’. All are easy to achieve and can be put rustled up in just a couple of simple steps:

The KnotThe Knot steps by step

  • Step 1: Fold a long rectangular scarf in half lengthways.
  • Step 2: Put the scarf around the back of your neck so that the folded end is shorter than the loose end.
  • Step 3: Put one of the loose ends through the loop, and pull through.
  • Step 4: Place the other loose end over the top of the loop.
  • Step 5: Pull this loose end through the loop in the opposite direction to the first end to create the knot.
  • Step 6: Arrange to suit.

The Lazy Girl

The Lazy Girl - Ways to tie a scarf

  • Step 1: Drape a long scarf around the front of the neck so that the two ends hang down the back.
  • Step 2: Bring one side to the front.
  • Step 3: Bring the other side to the front and adjust so that one hangs slightly longer than the other.

The Ascot

The Ascot - Ways to tie a scarf

  • Step 1: Wrap a long scarf around your neck so that one end hangs slightly longer than the other.
  • Step 2: Cross the long end over the short end.
  • Step 3: Push the long end up through the loop round the neck and pull through.
  • Step 4: Adjust over the front to suit.

So how does your Mum wear hers?

We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas and tips, and have fun playing with different styles and looks. With just a few different scarves in you wardrobe, you can change an outfit to suit your mood or the occasion. If you want to take scarf styling one step further, you might also be interested in this fab little book. It hat has 50 different ideas for wearing a scarf.

For Mother’s Day, we’re giving away a free beaded heart with all online scarf orders until 27 March 2017. Shop our full range of scarves here >>

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