The average women's scarf varies in length from fifty or so inches on the short side of the spectrum to around eighty or eighty five inches long on the longer side. The most common size is between fifty and sixty inches long. At Worthington Corners, all of our scarves are between seventy four and eighty eight inches long. This extra length makes our product easily suitable for a wide variety of styling options. A "short" scarf is generally considered to be any scarf around fifty five inches long. A "medium" scarf is around seventy inches long and a "long" scarf around eighty two inches. By these standards, Worthington Corners scarves range between medium and long.
Short scarves are frequently manufactured in a square shape as well as made out of silk fabrics. Short scarves are most attractive when close to the neck. We find the most popular and flattering styles for short scarves of any shape to be tied in either a simple knot or a french twist. Square shaped small scarves can be easily tied in either a knot or french twist but also have a unique look when folded in half on the diagonal and tied behind the neck in a western neck wrap to show off the fabric and any pattern.
Both Medium length and long length scarves are often knit of cotton or woven from wool as opposed to a silk fabric. Medium length scarves, seventy inches in length give or take, are a great middle ground option between short and long. Like short, they can be worn close to the neck for a more substantial, "chunky" winter look and like long, they can be worn as a wrap. Because of their mid length (not too long or too short), they are the perfect candidate for a European loop. The fringed ends would still fall to around the natural waist (depending upon torso length of course).
While Medium scarves can transition between short and long length styles, long scarves are can be easily transformed into many different shapes simply because there is more fabric to work with and use your creative license. While it is difficult to wear a scarf over eighty inches in length too close to your neck, there are a variety of other options available to those that prefer a bulkier look. One of our favorite, unique, applications for these scarves is the infinity style. They are also beautiful as a shoulder wrap, loose neck wrap, and even belted. If you are feeling particularly inventive, the long scarf also features enough material length to be tied into shawl or even a vest.
Some try to peg scarf dimensions into male and female categories, but we've found that dimensions vary greatly, and simply don't align with a set of rules for length or width based on gender. The overall style, color, and design play a much bigger role in dictating the intended customer of the scarf and it mostly comes down to customer preference. Many scarves can be easily and appropriately worn by men and women alike. The most important characteristic about a scarf is how you feel when wearing it!
Continue reading to learn about how to create the different types of knots.
Our heavier, softer scarves, such as the cashmere or fluffy collections, are perfect candidates for a wrap scarf style since they are on the longer side (between seventy eight and eighty two inches long). This added length allows for the wrap to have enough bulk to keep your neck and face warm and protected but not so much that it overpowers the top half of your body or the rest of your ensemble. The wrap style is one of the most simple methods for tying a scarf.
In addition to the wrap style, rectangular scarves lend themselves to being styled in a single knot. This style also allows you to show off more of the scarf's design and pattern. We love this look with our herringbone scarves since it beautifully highlights the "v" design woven into the material. To style your scarf with a knot, place it around the back of your neck and leave the right side of the scarf a bit longer than the left. From there, cross the right side over the left and pull it through to tie a knot. This style gives a classic look with a turtleneck sweater or sweater dress.
The herringbone collection is also a perfect candidate for a belted scarf style. As our most formal pattern, any of the herringbone scarves would be absolutely classic when belted overtop of simple sheath dress. By belting the scarf, it is transforming an article of clothing that is typically categorized as outerwear into a perfectly appropriate accessory for a professional wardrobe. In order to properly assemble a belted scarf style, spread the scarf flat and place it at the back of the neck with the flattened ends falling in front of you. From there, latch your favorite leather belt in a coordinating color around your natural waist.
The French Twist is an elegant play on the single scarf knot and named after the beautiful french twist hairstyle as it resembles a similar shape. This knot is extremely versatile as it can be worn with a thicker, wool scarf as well as thinner, smaller silk scarves. To achieve the French Twist with your rectangular shaped scarf first fold the scarf in half longways and place it around your shoulders. From there, take the topmost loose end piece and cross it over and then under the loop of the scarf. Finish off the look by taking the other loose end piece and crossing it under and then over the scarf loop.
Longer scarves can also be transformed into many different shapes. The sky is the limit! One of our favorite, unique, applications for these scarves is to create an "infinity" look. This look is especially beautiful with our lightweight scarves. To recreate an infinity style, tie the two ends together in a secure knot. From there, place the large single loop around your neck, cross, and then loop the ring a second time.