Wearing a head scarf is an easy way to make any outfit interesting or to put on a different “look.” There are several different methods of tying head scarves, depending on the type of look you want and the kind of scarf you are using. The Kelly, which is named after Grace Kelly, and the Crown are two of the most popular and sophisticated head scarf styles.

The Crown

Place a long, rectangular scarf over your head, making one side longer than the other.

Hold the ends tightly and reverse each to the opposite shoulder. Pull the scarf tight.

Twist the longer side loosely, then bring it up over the crown of your head to meet the end on the other side.

Tie the two ends together, and either let them hang down your back or tuck them into the back of the scarf and the top of the neck.

Headband Wrap

Fold a rectangular scarf in half. If you have long hair, it may help to put your hair in a ponytail.

Wrap the scarf around your head and tie it in the back.

Keep hair in ponytail or let it hang over the sides of the scarf.

The Kelly

Fold a square scarf along its diagonal, forming a triangle.

Place the scarf on your head, with the tip of the triangle facing the back.

Take the two corners of the triangle at either side of your head, and wrap them around the front of the neck. They should be crossed over each other in the front of the neck.

Tie the scarf at the back of the neck.

The Wrap

Fold a square scarf down its diagonal to form a triangle (just like the first step of the Kelly).

Place the scarf on your head with the two tips on the sides of the face, just as in the Kelly. The tip of the triangle should be in back.

Crisscross the two ends over the tip of the triangle. Pull the tip down to smooth out the scarf.

Tie the two ends together. You can let the ends hang down the back or tie them on the side of the neck so they are visible from the front.


  • The loose ends of your scarf should be tucked in to give it a more polished look.

  • Cotton scarves are easier to work with than silk, which tend to slide off the head. If you are working with a silk scarf, you could avoid some slipping if you don’t pull it too tightly while tying.

  • In addition to wearing scarves around the head, they can also be worn around the neck or even as a belt.