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Winter is here and with the chilly temperatures, it's more important than ever to bundle up with your favorite scarf. But a scarf doesn't just have to be something you throw on to keep cozy, it can actually be a great accessory to add some pizzazz to your favorite look!
Here are some of the coolest ways to tie a warm and cozy scarf.
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1. The braid
We love this twisted silhouette since it oozes street style, yet is so functional! The chunky knit cozies up to your neck so winter drafts are no match.
- Take the scarf and fold it in half lengthwise.
- Fold it in half again and keep your hand in the loop that is created.
- With your hand in the loop, put the scarf around your neck.
- Take one of the two ends and pull it through the loop.
- With the second loose end, wrap it over and under the loop in the opposite direction. Pull to tighten slightly around the neck.
Shop the look: Cold Front Navy Blue Print Scarf, $15, Lulus
2. The cowboy cape
If your scarves are competing with your night-out look, make it a part of your ensemble instead. This Western-inspired wrap adds interest to a sheath dress, or even jeans and a T-shirt.
- Fold the scarf into a square.
- Then, fold the square in half diagonally so it turns into a triangle.
- Throw the scarf around your neck with the points of the triangle facing forward.
- Tie the two ends in a knot at the back.
Shop the look: Cozy Composition Striped Scarf, $24, Lulus
3. The faux vest
Want to bump up the style factor on an otherwise boring midi dress? Grab a scarf, a coordinating belt and in just a few seconds you can transform your humdrum outfit with an on-trend vest — that you didn’t even need to buy!
- Gather scarf lengthwise.
- Drape the scarf over your shoulders so it hangs evenly on both sides.
- Buckle your favorite belt around the smallest part of your waist.
- Don’t forget to straighten both sides ... and tada!
Shop the look: Navy / Red Plaid Scarf, $5.99 at Forever 21 stores
4. The shoulder duster
We love this fashionably lopsided look for a formal affair! The cape elegantly dusts your shoulder and is an unexpected accent to a cocktail dress.
- Fold the scarf lengthwise.
- Wrap scarf around your neck.
- Wrap one end around the back and over to the front. Tuck it in.
- Pull ends apart and drape over shoulder.
Shop the look: Tartan Blanket Scarf, $14, Amazon
5. The caped crusader
Transforming a scarf into an entire cozy ensemble? Sign us up! Get ready to take over the world, superhero style, in just a flash!
- Grab one end of the scarf and tie a double-knot using each corner.
- Repeat on opposite side.
- Slip loops over each shoulder.
- Shimmy the scarf down until the fabric reaches your neck.
Shop the look: Cozy Composition Striped Scarf, $24, Lulus (pictured above)
This article was originally published on Dec. 11, 2015.