Whenever I post a photo that includes a scarf and necklace combined, I get comments about wearing both together. I guess I never gave much thought to this because I do it all the time. Scarves usually don’t stay on me the entire day, so I like to have something else around my neck for when I remove them.
Today I wore this outfit and thought it would be a perfect way to show how it looks to wear a necklace and scarf together. Additionally, because I know many women struggle with how to wrap a Pashmina Scarf, I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and give my step-by-step tips on how to do it. I am a bit of a master, and it is SO easy.
First, I want to talk about my outfit.
I’m not a huge fan of button down shirts. They often gape on me at the bust line. I also find they are really fussy and can be uptight looking. However, I do love the look of a men’s tailored shirt. My solution? I buy a guy’s shirt in a size small. I also use these shirts as a bathing suit cover-up. .
Next, my jeans, I swear by Levi’s jeans. They are so incredibly reasonable in price, compared to all the designer denim brands out there, and fit me well. I wish I could give you an exact link to my scarf, because I love it so much. It is an old Etro scarf that just works with everything. When the weather gets really cold I often wear it like a muffler. Filled in at the neck is a bronze bib necklace that isn’t available any longer, and on my wrist is an old Ann Taylor leather and gold wrap bracelet. My boots, which you can’t see, are stacked heeled moto style boots from one of my favorite shoe brands, Naya. Oh, and lastly, I know my glasses, a bit quirky. They look like wood and are for days when I feel like making a statement with my eye wear. My husband cannot stand them.
How to wrap a Pashmina scarf
If you want to wear a Pashmina Scarf with a casual drape, like I am in the photo, here are my step by step directions on how to do it.
Step 1- Wrap the scarf around you like a shawl
Now you can certainly stop here. But this is your starting point.
Step 2- Pull one side longer than the other
This step is the most important step. What you do is pull one side of the scarf longer than the other. The longer side should be on the side that is your dominant hand (this will make it easier when you wrap). You have pulled long enough when the opposite side (the side that isn’t your dominant hand) hits right around your waistline. In this photo the shorter side is a bit longer on my right side than I normally set mine. Oh, and I am left handed, so the left side of my scarf is always longer.
Step 3- Toss the longer side across your chest
Take the longer side and toss it across your chest so it lands on the opposite shoulder. This is why it is important to have the longer side be your dominant hand, it’s just easier.
Step 4- Adjust, but not too much
After you finish wrapping you want to do some fine tuning and adjusting, but don’t get too fussy with it. A wrapped Pashmina should have an effortless look. In the case of this outfit, I popped my collar outside my wrap.
That’s it. That’s all you have to do.
Wearing a necklace with a non-pashmina scarf
I also do wear necklaces and scarves together. This is another question that I have gotten a lot. I just took two quick photos to show you how it looks, one with the scarf draped and the other wound.
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It’s a wrap!! How fun! I have a dark chocolate brown that’s great for travel evening wear, on the plane to help me stay warm and cozy, etc. I love the shoulder toss…I can see where I’ve been going wrong on my toss…too short.
Thanks again for sharing your wonderful brain with us. I think you look great in these glasses!! They look a little different (just like you) .
A faithful fan.
Hi Pat! The shoulder toss is super easy. Just make sure that the one side is hitting around your waist so you have enough fabric on the other side to drape. There are two things that I am always showing clients how to do, this and how to tie a half bow on a dress with a fabric belt. I am gad this was helpful for you too!
Oh, please show us how to do the half bow tie on a dress! 🙂
Hahah! Okay. It’s really easy. Have you ever tied the belt of a robe and have one bow instead of two? It’s the same thing. Next time I have my intern with me I will try to get her to take some photos of me.
Ah, you look oh so effortlessly chic. Thanks for these useful tips. I love your glasses.
Thanks, Allie!! The glasses are a bit funky, especially up close, but they are fun! Thanks for your kind words!
Love your blog and all your ideas! I read every post!
Hi Terrie! You just made my day!!! Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate it!
Thanks for this instruction Bridgette! I’ve never been very good with arranging scarves of any kind but I just bought a lovely scarf/stole and once it gets colder I can’t wait to start wearing it. BTW, I couldn’t get either of the levi’s links to work. And I love your quirky glasses on you!
No, really? Let me try here. http://rstyle.me/n/r4k6w8d2e Let me know if that works. I will update my blog later. Running out the door. The jeans should be the same fit as I have, but the wash may be slightly different. They have different curve shapes at Levi’s. I happen to be a demi curve. You might want to check what you would be before ordering.
Thank you so much for this!! I was one of the people who asked about the pashmina/necklace combo when you posted the outfits and I’m so happy to have such a thorough answer! Can’t wait to give it a try!
Hi Catlyn! Yes, I think I sent this link to you in the comments. Your question was on my mind. I was in a dressing room with my intern yesterday when we were pre-pulling for a client today. I asked her to take these photos. I am SO happy to hear this helped you! I think your question helped a lot of others too, so thanks!
Ooh, ooh….one more…can you do a post (or respond here) on how to tie fabric belts on a dress behind the back so that there’s not a hard knot that you’re leaning on all day? I love the look of a back-tied dress, but that knot kills me!!!
Oh, haha, yea, a total pain, right? It’s probably best to do as flat and loose of a knot as possible. I will see if I can do a tutorial!
I LOVE this post!! I am with other women…I can never SEE how to put a necklace with a scarf–thanks for the visual!!
You are so welcome! I am glad it was helpful!!
Thank you for writing this and sending me the link — now I know! And I’ll take what I’ve learned from your post about how to accessorise prints and say that if I’m going to wear a printed scarf, as all of mine are, I should accessorise either with a gold statement necklace or one that pulls a single colour from the scarf.
I also want to say thank you for all your articles. They’re like little bursts of joy in my day and are utterly transforming how I dress and buy clothes. Please keep writing! I’m sure you must feel you’ve said it all, but I keep finding new questions such as: How to get more from my brown leather boots? Or the big one: which stores/brands stock clothes or accessories that are made to last, that are quality? Or the whole choosing which colours work for you and how that can change by season or when you get older.
I’m very much curating my wardrobe now and I want pieces that endure for years and hopefully decades. But I really struggle to find them and I’m not convinced designer clothes necessarily do it right either. So if you ever feel like sharing your insights…
Hi Rachel! Well your comment was like a little burst of joy to read today! Thank you!! If I might add about your accessories, you can also choose necklaces that pulls out just one color from a scarf, it doesn’t have to be all of them. That might be easier to do.
Sometimes I do feel like I have said it all and then I come up with a new idea! I love your topic suggestions! Definitely food for thought!
I can definitely be hard to find clothes that will stand the test of time these days. You don’t have to go the designer route, and caring for your clothes also important. I have some pieces from Forever 21 that have lasted me years and years along with other pieces that were very expensive last the same amount of time. You can definitely see the quality in better made pieces, but if you are going to invest, do it on the things you will want to wear for a long time.