Wednesday, January 29, 2014

33 Ways to Tie a Scarf: Abridged

$12.95 at Pickwick's Mercantile 

Okay, so we're obsessed. We got this wonderful little book, How to Tie a Scarf: 33 Styles, in the shop  before the holidays and it has flown out ever since. It has step-by-step picture diagrams for scarf styles that instantly freshen up the accessory. Finally, I was able to wrestle a copy away for the length of time it took to make this little post. We just got in several beautiful new scarves for the Valentine's Day spree and (even more exciting!) the coming of Spring, so it seemed like the perfect time to feature some fun styles from this book, while showcasing four of our many new gorgeous print scarves.

The Tools:
$24 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Weak in the knees over this red color!
It makes an outfit, all by itself.
$24 at Pickwick's Mercantile
This reminds me of Renaissance still-lifes,
with its creamy off-white background and lush shades.
$24 at Pickwick's Mercantile
I call this selection the "Princess" scarf.
I love how flexible it is- for the tween fashionista
or the sophisticate who still hasn't outgrown tiaras.
Faribault Mills - $50 at Pickwick's 
This yellow wool scarf is such a hopeful little piece,
and still so functional as we barrel towards Spring!
Love that it's made in the USA, too!

The Styles:
It was so hard to choose, because the ideas in the book were so creative, so I mostly went with standard, easy to visualize options. If you want to see the other 28 designs, you'll have to swing by and we can make them happen together!

The Geneva
Very chic and out of the way. I would rock this with a scoop-neck T, in place of a statement necklace, with a nice pair of dangling earrings!

Step 1: Wrap the scarf around the neck so that one end is 3/4 longer than the other.
Step 2: Wrap the longer end around and tuck it securely in the back. 
Step 3: Follow with the shorter end around front and tuck!

The Greenwich
 This is definitely my favorite of the ones I tried. It is so classic. At first glance, it looks very simple, but then it attracts the eye again because of that little curve-ball knot. You'll definitely get a host of flattering "How Did You Do That One?"s in the Starbucks line.

The Madison Ave.
Long, silk scarves can be tough to work with, but this bow style is an easy fix. I don't quite do it justice here, but imagine it with a pair of fitted ankle-trousers, chiffon button-down, and heels!

Step 1: Let the scarf hang around the neck.
Step 2: Cross the ends directly below your breast-bone.
Step 3: Pull one end over the other to make a loose knot.
Step 4: Create a loop with one end, loop around with the left end and create a floppy bow!

The Dorchester

I wish I had sampled this with my coat on over it, but coat or no, I can see that it's a fresh take on the usual tying of the winter throat scarf- and cozy to boot!

Step 1: Create a loop with the scarf and lay the looped scarf around the shoulders.
Step 2: Pull the two loose ends through the loop. Ta-Da!


I don't know about you, but I have fashion scarves spilling out the closet doors and I look forward to applying these new ideas to my outfits as the season goes on! The book even includes those sweet silk squares and that fringed piece you never know how to style. And gentlemen, I haven't forgotten you- a cute Valentine's Day gift idea for your fashion forward lady would definitely be this little book wrapped up with a scarf as the wrapping paper!
If you see anything you love but can't come in to purchase, send me an e-mail at and let's chat! I would love to help get it to your door!


  1. May I never outgrow tiaras! LOVE this post and can't wait to dig into my scarves and add a few new ones the next time I make it in to Pickwicks!
    xoxo Karen June

    1. Us princesses have to stick together! And yes, come scarf hunting with us!