Back in 2010, we received an inquiry from a reader who wanted some tips on how to wear an oversized infinity scarf. We tried our best to answer her question with seven neat styling ideas.
Four years later, our guide is still relevant, but we’ve added a few more tricks and tips for how to successfully style the cute-yet-complicated accessory.
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Infinity scarves come in many different make and sizes, which can be a little intimidating when considering adding one to your wardrobe. They can be extremely oversized, unbelievably small (i.e. the tube scarf), lightweight, or overly chunky, and the bigger the circle and wider the fabric, the more creative you can get. Although this wrapped accessory can seem like too much work, we hope that this guide will help you narrow down your options and make assembly a breeze the next time you consider wearing or purchasing an infinity scarf.
We’re excited to show you 10 easy ways to wear one of these cute and trendy scarves, complete with helpful videos from some incredibly talented fashion bloggers.
Whether your circle scarf is large or not, you can wear it the classic way by topping it over a blouse or tee. No need to twist or wrap it around, simply let it sit on your shoulders like a regular scarf should. If you have a tube scarf (small circumference), it should resemble a neck warmer, like the one pictured below. But if your scarf is longer, it should drape over your chest like a necklace.
Jonathan Adler Stepped Chevron Intarsia Knit Neck Warmer, $48 at Nordstrom
If you’re having a difficult time visualizing what we mean, here’s a screenshot of how a large infinity scarf can look when worn the classic way. This is courtesy of Canadian beauty blogger, Alexa, whose video you can find farther down the page.
Alexa of Stealing Beauty demonstrates how to wear an infinity scarf the classic way
Alternately, you may play around with the scarf by twisting it to create some form of texture. Shaina Glenn demonstrated this method very well in her video below.
Shaina Glenn gives the infinity scarf some texture by twisting it around as it is worn around the neck
If you find the scarf too long, you can loop it around your neck two or three times, depending on your preference. The outcome should look similar to the way the Tasha crinkled “Ringer” scarf sits on the model below:
Tasha ‘The Ringer’ Infinity Scarf, $24 at Nordstrom
One exciting thing about the infinity scarf or wrap, is that you can also wear it as a snood. There are several ways of going about this particular style. If the scarf is short in circumference, simply put it over your shoulders as you would for the classic style, then pull the back portion up and over your head like a hood.
Shaina Glenn demonstrates how to wear the infinity scarf as a snood
If you have a relatively long scarf, you can loop the scarf around your neck two or three times before pulling the backside over your head. You can watch Alexa and Shaina’s videos for more comprehensive instructions.
4. Shoulder Wrap
If your scarf is small, simply put it on normally, then spread the fabric over your shoulders and arms to make it look like a shoulder wrap. You can push the top portion of the scarf down to make it look like an off-shoulder piece (see picture on the right).
Shaina wears the infinity scarf as a regular shoulder wrap and an off-shoulder wrap
Alternately, you may twist the scarf to create a different effect, one that resembles the shape of a bow. Shaina Glenn also demonstrated this method in her video.
Twist scarf to create a bow effect on your off-shoulder wrap
Do note that you can wear the infinity scarf as a shoulder wrap even if it is long. Simply loop the scarf two to three times before wrapping it around your shoulders and arms. Make sure you get a snug fit. Remember that this will work best with long infinity scarves that are lightweight and stretchy.
Wearing the infinity scarf as a vest is easy, but you’ll need a relatively larger loop of fabric to work with. Sammy shared a really nice way of achieving this look in her YouTube video, and she also demonstrated that once you’re done wrapping, a belt can add a flawless finish to the look.
Sammy of Chiq Belle demonstrates how to wear the infinity scarf as a vest
The infinity wrap can be also be worn as a shrug. Like the vest, this look will work best with larger pieces. To do this, you will need to wear the scarf like a vest, then spread the fabric so it covers your back. Here’s Alexa once again, demonstrating the method in three easy steps.
Alexa works her large infinity wrap into a cozy shrug
The versatility of this accessory is never-ending. You can also wear your infinity scarf as a halter top! Depending on the size of your scarf, the halter can be fitted or draped. Check out the diagram below to understand how to go about it, or watch Alexa’s video for a more comprehensive demonstration.
Alexa demonstrates how you can turn the infinity scarf into a halter top
8. As a Skirt and 9. As a Strapless Dress
For this look, you’ll need a large infinity scarf that is lightweight. We turned to vlogger April for some really genius tips on how to go about doing both. The steps are surprisingly simple, and April lays out the directions in an accessible manner.
April shows us a genius way to turn your infinity scarf into a skirt, as well as a strapless dress
A great scarf to use for achieving these looks would be the Capelli of New York floral scarf below. It’s not only beautifully feminine, but very spring-fabulous as well. Don’t you think this fabric could work equally well as a scarf and a dress? Give it a try this season!
Capelli New York All Over Floral Scarf, $18
10. One-Shoulder or Halter Dress
To go about turning the infinity scarf into a one-shoulder dress, you need to step inside the scarf, pull the ends at the front and back, then tie or pin those ends together over one of your shoulders. The same steps will apply if you want to create a halter dress — except you will be pulling the ends on the right and left sides instead of the front and back.
Fashion blogger Franceta Johnson shows us how to turn the infinity scarf into a halter dress with the use of a pin
In a nutshell, when it comes to infinity scarves, we always go back to this trusty old manual released by American Apparel decades ago. It’s a simple compilation of the looks you can achieve with the scarf.
American Apparel Circle Scarf Manual
We keep it handy in our gadgets just in case we need to refer to it again. You can find American Apparel’s popular circle scarf over at Amazon. It comes in a plethora of colors!
American Apparel Unisex Circle Scarf, $28 at Amazon