How to tie a desert scarf

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How to tie a desert scarf
Desert scarves are worn year round. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Desert scarves, also known as shemagh scarves, have made their way into the fashion scene. Though theses lightweight scarves are commonly used in arid regions to prevent dust from entering the wearer's mouth, they have manifested as a hipster trend, appearing in a multitude of colours and prints (houndstooth is the most common). Due to the scarves open weave, people can wear them any time of the year, making them a fashionable go-to item.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unfold your desert scarf and lay it out flat. If the fabric is wrinkly, do not feel compelled to iron it. Though it isn't necessary to have wrinkles in your scarf, a few add character and texture to the final look.

  2. 2

    Fold one corner of the scarf to its opposite corner to make a triangle. If the scarf's pattern is single-sided, fold the wrong sides together to leave the bolder of the two sides facing outward.

  3. 3

    Lift the scarf to your neck so that the middle point of the triangle points downwards. Cross the two side points at the nape of your neck and draw them towards the front under the existing material.

  4. 4

    Double knot the two ends under the scarf's fabric at the front of your neck to ensure that your scarf stays put. Keep the middle of the scarf at your front or shift it to one shoulder for a rakish look.

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