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6 Ways to Wear Your Favorite Long Scarf

Add instant style to your outfit with a few simple twists

Ways to Tie Your Long Scarf

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Get in front of the mirror and start practicing several different ways to tie your scarf.

Do you secretly think you're all thumbs when it comes to wearing scarves? Don't fall for those YouTube videos and Pinterest tutorials showing dozens of complex techniques. Scarves are the wardrobe ingredient that spice up neutral outfits, give jeans and tees a fashionable twist, and frame our faces with flattering color (no red lipstick required). You don't need to be a fashion stylist to get it right. These six ways to wear them are simple, easy and effective — as the accompanying DIY celeb photos prove.

Start with a long, soft scarf. These look more contemporary than the print "designer" squares we craved in the '80s. (But check tip No. 6 for what to do with those, too!) Pick a blend of natural fibers like cotton, silk or cashmere; man-made ones like rayon or modal (derived from wood pulp); or synthetics like acrylic or polyester. This helps the scarf drape and resist wrinkles. Stick to lightweight blends for seasonless indoor-outdoor versatility. Then choose your fast fix.

And remember: When it comes to scarves, don't aim for precision or perfection. The casual "fling and go" makes it modern.

For more beauty and style tips for women age 50+, check out The Woman's Wakeup: How to Shake Up Your Looks, Life and Love After 50 by Lois Joy Johnson and AARP's Beauty & Style issue.

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