How to Tie a Silk Scarf as a Top: 9 Trendy Ways to Wear a Silk Scarf

Angela Boss
by Angela Boss

Did you know that you can take a square silk scarf and tie it into a shirt in multiple ways? Here, I’m going to show you how to tie a silk scarf as a top.


I’m using a 35-inch (89cm) silk square scarf, and you can fold, tie and tuck it into so many different styles of shirts. So without further ado, I will show you some of those styles.

Tip: I recommend wearing a crop top under the scarf so you’re not too exposed.


1. Off-the-shoulder one-sleeve shirt

Ways to wear a silk scarf as a top

a) Position the scarf

Drape the scarf over one shoulder and tie the other side under the armpit with a double knot. Then shift the scarf around, so the knot is behind your armpit rather than under it. Tuck the knot into the fabric for a cleaner look.

Tying the sleeve

b) Tie the sleeve

Take the two pieces by your wrist and double knot these two corners, which will create a sleeve.

How to style a silk scarf as a top

3) Tie the middle

Take the middle, grab some fabric from each side, and double knot that together.

One-sleeve silk scarf top

Now you have a cute off-the-shoulder one-sleeve shirt that looks fabulously sassy on one side and conservative-chic on the other.


2. Loose halter top

Folding and knotting the scarf

a) Fold and knot the scarf

Fold the fabric into a triangle, then take the pointed end and tie the two pieces into a knot.

Tying the scarf around the neck

b) Tie around the neck

Tie that around the back of your neck and make a double knot.

Tying the scarf around the back

c) Tie around the back

Bring the two bottom corners round to your back and tie them in a double knot. Tuck in the ends of the fabric for a cleaner look.

How to make a halter top with a silk scarf

Now you have a loose halter top. This style will fit every shape and size because it's nice and loose. To smarten it up, you can throw over a blazer over the top.


3. Choker tank top

How to tie a silk scarf

a) Fold and knot the scarf

Again, take the opposite corners to create a triangle. Then take the long ends of the triangle and tie them in a double knot.

Placing the scarf over the head

b) Put the scarf on

Place the scarf over your head and pull it up behind your neck so that the wide part of the scarf is touching your neck. Then twist it and pull it back over your head.

Pulling the scarf down

c) Pull it down

Pull the bigger piece of the fabric down, and it will create a choker tank top look.

DIY choker top with a silk scarf

Pull the top down, and it's going to give you a triangle choker look.

Silk scarf top from the back

The back looks so freaking good, this is such a sexy and unique top.


4. Cropped top

Pulling up the flap

a) Pull up the flap

Start with look 3, then take the bottom flap and pull it all the way up underneath the choker.

Tying the two pieces together

b) Tie two pieces together

Then take the tip of the flap, pull it over the choker, and tie it with the tip of the other flap with a double knot. Tuck in the extra fabric.

DIY cute cropped top

Now you have a really cute cropped top.


5. Draped halter top

Tying the scarf around the neck

a) Tie around the neck

Take the two ends of the scarf and tie them around the back of your neck with a double knot.

Rolling the bottom corners

b) Roll

Take the bottom corners of the scarf and roll it a couple of times. 

Tying the scarf around the back

c) Tie

Tie it around your back and tuck in the extra fabric.

DIY draped halter top with a silk scarf

You have a beautiful draped halter top. This silhouette looks good on every body shape.


6. Off-the-shoulder top

Ways to tie a silk scarf

a) Tie

Take the fabric from around the back to the front, and tie the two corners.

Wrapping and tying the silk scarf

b) Wrap and tie

Take one corner and pull it over your shoulder, then bring up the other one from under your arm. Double knot those corners where they meet.

Cute ways to tie a silk scarf

Position the top so that the draped part is at the front. It creates this beautiful off-the-shoulder top that looks so chic. 

Silk scarf top from the side

I love that the top is loose at the front but tight at the side.


7. Open-front tube top

How to tie an open-front tube top

a) Tie

Take the fabric from around the back to the front, and tie the two corners.

Different ways to wear a silk scarf as a top

b) Tie a second layer

Take the bottom corners, and double knot them in the exact same place as the first knot. Tuck the extra fabric in.

Tying the bottom

c) Tie the bottom

Take the bottom two corners, tie them in a double knot, and tuck in the extra fabric on both the bottom and the top.

DIY tube top from a silk scarf

Now you have this beautiful open-front tube top. The great thing about this top is that the middle part will not open up too much because of the way you tied it.


8. Simple tube top

Folding a scarf into a tube top

a) Fold

Fold the scarf into a triangle and then fold down the middle corner so that is it more of a rectangle shape.

Tying a scarf into a tube top

b) Tie

With the folded triangle facing you, wrap it around your back and double knot it. Leave the ties dangling in the back.

Simple silk tube top

This creates a nice simple tube top look.

Tying the scarf ends at the back

The fabric dangling down at the back adds a nice bit of extra detail.


9. Pointed tube top

Folding and tying the scarf into a triangle

a) Fold and tie

Fold the scarf into a triangle, then wrap it around your back and tie it with a double knot.

Tie a silk scarf as a top

Leave it just like that with the triangle poking out on the bottom.

How to tie a silk scarf as a top

This is the classic tying scarf look.


How to tie a silk scarf as a top

I love wearing silk scarves as tops. It’s great that you can make so many different shirts with one scarf. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to tie a silk scarf. Let me know your favorite look in the comments.

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  • Lad50937492 Lad50937492 on Jul 18, 2022

    Nice!! Going to try them. Thanks. Made a toga top out of a very large scarf

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  • Kerrie Kerrie on Jul 26, 2022

    This is so cool!! I really like a few of these styles. A must try!!

    Thank you so much sharing!

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