10 Chic and Creative Ways to Wear a Summer Scarf

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite neck warmer. A scarf is a versatile accessory that’s built to multitask and give you mileage. Of course, it’s important to note that for warmer weather, you’re to avoid scarves crafted in chunky knits or heavy fabrics. A lightweight extra is most ideal for summer. Choose one that is cool to the skin and made of natural fiber like cotton, rayon, or linen.

For those who want to fashion the silk scarf — no problem. Just make sure it’s made of real silk instead of pseudo silk fabrics (polyester). Once you have your summer scarves in order, maximize their potential by trying the following:

1. As a hair accessory

Use the scarf as a headband or hair tie to give your look a more feminine flavor. You can use a square scarf to achieve this style. Pick one that is small to medium in size.

evamaria k despite the style blog headband headwrap scarfFashion blogger, Evamaria of Lost In The Wardrobe, styles her funky black-and-white outfit with a ladylike twist by wearing a scarf as a headband

kate spade wedding belles just married silk squareKate Spade New York Wedding Belles Just Married Silk Square, $100

2. As a bag candy

Not quite sure how to use your favorite extra for the day? Or perhaps you find that it’s too hot outside but you still want to take it out for spin? Then take a cue from Nina Dobrev and wear it as a bag candy. So easy, right?

Nina Dobrev out in New York

Nina Dobrev out in New YorkNina Dobrev enjoys the streets of New York City while decked in a super short jumper dress and a scarf-styled purse, on June 11, 2014

3. As a lightweight last-layer

Just because it’s warm outside doesn’t mean you can’t wear the scarf the usual way. Lightweight pieces trimmed with interesting details make for the perfect last-layer. You can top the scarf over a simple but sexy tank to add polish.

pretty in my leather blog scarf style summerYuka Iwasaki of Pretty In Leather dresses up her baby-doll top with a pompom-trimmed scarf in the same hue for that super cool laid-back summer look

For days when it’s cooler than usual, put a printed scarf over whatever outfit you’re wearing to add a pop of color to your look.

bureau of chic scarf summer style 2-horzMaren Elizabeth of Bureau of Chic adds a pop of print to her summer ensemble by using a printed scarf that matches her jacket

la fiorentina pompom cashmere wrapLa Fiorentina Cashmere Wrap, $138

4. As a neck-tie/neckerchief

Use your scarf as a neckerchief or neck-tie to give your outfit a striking accent. This is best achieved using a beautifully printed small square scarf.

sonya class is internal scarf neckerchief blogger style-horzSonya Esman of Class Is Internal coordinates her strappy sandals and keeps her look extra polished with a printed neckerchief

an van scarf silk style summerFashion blogger, Anna of Oh My Blog, takes inspiration from the boy-scout knot for her scarf-styled outfit

5.  As a wrap

Summer is a season for bikinis, tank tops, short shorts, and skimpy dresses. You can use your scarf to complement such pieces. Use it as a wrap to glam up your look, or tie the ends together and wear it like a kimono.

jennifer wang art in our blood scarf wrap style summerJennifer Wang of Art In Our Blood adds polish to her  sexy micro-mini outfit by topping it with a pretty printed scarf in the same hue

6. As an arm party

It’s no secret that you can actually use the small square scarf as an arm party. This is also a great way to give your wrist a break from all those heavy bangles.


denisia polishing colors scarf bracelet arm candy style summerDenisia of Polishing Colors gives her skirt ensemble a refreshing twist with a “scarf bracelet”

7. As a dress

This you can do using a large scarf. You can even create different necklines with your extra, such as strapless, halter, or one-shoulder. If you need tips on how to work up the scarf into a frock, check out this post we did on Elle Evans last year.

maria haute rebellious dress scarf style summer 2-horzMaria De la Cruz of Haute and Rebellious turns her scarf into a cute strapless dress that’s perfect for the summer weather

felicia e sarong style scarf Fashion blogger Felicia Eriksson from Sweden wears her oversized scarf as a halter dress for a beach outing

8. As a sarong

You can also use your whispy throw as a sarong if you’re beach-bound. This is very similar to #5, only, very location specific. If you want to try wearing your scarf as a skirt for, say, a party, you can also do that, but it will require a few other materials like a pin or brooch to hold it in place.

sarong style scarf summerFashion blogger Isabelle H. of Style With Isabelle  covers up her bikini with a sarong wrap

miraclesuit aloha garden scarf 2-horzMiraclesuit Aloha Gardens Scarf Pareo, $64

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9. As a top or vest

Don’t know what to wear or can’t find the perfect top to go with your jeans? Why not turn one of your scarves into a top instead?

tamara chloe style clues scarf vest2-horzTamara of Tamara Chloe Style Clues spices up her all-white outfit with a belted scarf vest

more style than fashion blog scarf halter top-horzSandra of More Style Than Fashion wears her red scarf as halter top to the beach

10. As a head wrap

Another great way to fashion the scarf during summer is by using it as a headwrap. There are so many ways you can do this, but in case you need help figuring it out, you can read up on some of the guides we’ve published in the past, such as this and this.

madeline pendleton blogger scarf style head wrap 2-horzMadeline P. Jean Greige keeps her look boho and funky with chunky sandals and a printed headwrap


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