12/02/2014 05:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How to Wear a Belted Scarf

There are infinite ways to tie a scarf. Exhibit A. Exhibit B.

But leave it to Burberry to get us thinking totally outside the head-and-neck region.

Read on for 6 tips on how to belt a scarf, à la Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo and every fashion blogger that you (secretly) hate to love.

Tip #1: Don't Go Too Bulky
The number one rule when attempting to pull off this look: A chunky knit scarf won't do. Instead, wear one that's made of silk or lightweight cotton (like these from Bené). You can go for heavier cotton in some situations, but that's when rule #2 comes into play...


Tip #2: Do Use a Thin Belt
Overall, the size of the belt depends on the weight of the scarf (the thicker the material, the thicker the belt). However, as a rule of thumb, a thinner belt looks better than a hefty metal buckle. Bonus points if you can figure out how to tie yours like this.


Tip #3: Don't Cinch Too High
The belt should fit around your natural waist. Tie it too high and you'll have way too much fabric floating around. (Note: This is not the place to experiment with an empire waist.)


Tip #4: Don't Ignore the Hem
Movement in the scarf is key. Stay away from styles with a blunt hem and opt for fringe or a slanted edge.


Tip #5: Do Pay Attention to Length
Make sure the scarf hits just above your kneecaps (read: It's supposed to move when you walk). Got a thicker scarf? Pull some out and drape it over your shoulders to channel the Burberry blanket-scarf ensemble.


Tip #6: Don't Shy Away from Layers
Sure, wearing a scarf over a dress is the ideal combination. But adding a blazer, a cardigan or even your winter coat looks equally as chic and allows you to wear the trend well into snow-boot season.


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