How to Tie a Hermes Scarf

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How to Tie a Hermes Scarf
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Adding a scarf accent to an outfit, whether it's casual or formal, can make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. A Hermes scarf is arguably top drawer, the finest available anywhere in the world by most standards. Buying and wearing a Hermes scarf is a privilege, and knowing how to wear it is a delightful responsibility.

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • Hermes scarf
  • Mirror
  • Scarf clasp, ring, or brooch

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    Evaluate the size and shape of the scarf. Hermes, unlike most other designers, usually makes only square scarves. The size of a Hermes scarf varies from 28 inches by 28 inches to 56 inches by 56 inches, and not all scarf looks are possible with every size. Experiment with each style until the possibilities are apparent, though even a smaller scarf presents almost unlimited options.

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    Lay the Hermes scarf diagonally on a table or other large, flat surface so that it is shaped like a diamond. Fold up the bottom corner about two inches, then fold down the top corner about two inches. Keep folding the top and bottom until the scarf is the width necessary for the style you have chosen. Regardless of its width, think of the scarf as a scarf band.

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    Tie the resulting scarf band around the head, either above or below the hairline. Knot it in back under the hair. This style will work equally well with a Hermes scarf folded to two inches wide or to six inches or more.

  4. 4

    Use a scarf band folded to the desired width for a belt, above or below the waist, or at the waist with trousers, jeans, or dresses. Depending on the size of the Hermes scarf, tie it in a flowing knot, a bow, or a small knot. Depending on the size of the person, a scarf band might go around twice, creating a dramatic cummerbund look.

  5. 5

    Wrap a wide scarf band around the neck, twice if possible, creating a soft bow or knot either in the front or back. Tie a smaller scarf around the neck once, or even twice if possible. Tie it on the side or anywhere else in a jaunty little knot.

  6. 6

    Place a scarf band around the neck and knot it like a man's tie anywhere along its length down to about six inches above the ends. This works well under a collar or over a sweater. It will create a desirable V neckline and add style to bland clothing. Nearly the same effect can be achieved by tying the ends of the Hermes scarf in a square knot, like a sailor's neckerchief.

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    Loop a scarf band around the neck and secure it with a scarf clasp, through which the ends of the Hermes scarf can be pulled and secured. Equally effective is the use of a brooch to secure the scarf. This will add a great deal of elegance to the style.

  8. 8

    Fold a scarf band in half lengthwise and wrap it around the neck. Secure the free ends of the scarf by pulling them through the folded end. This can be secured in a variety of ways and lends itself to an asymmetrical use of the scarf.

  9. 9

    Wrap an unfolded Hermes scarf around the handle of a purse, briefcase, tote bag or any other accessory with a handle. Tie it in a square knot, bow knot, or necktie knot.

Tips and warnings

  • While a Hermes scarf is of superb quality, there are other manufacturers' products that are just fine. Anything that can be done with a Hermes scarf can most likely be done with a less expensive scarf as well. There is simply no end to the creative ways to use a scarf, including draping it over a table and using it as an anchor for a centrepiece.

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