4 Ways to Wear a Cowl Scarf
Updated: Feb 9
It’s that time of the year. Time to dust off your scarf collection and pull out your chunky knits. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the cold weather is here to stay (and we’re talking about 6 months if you live in Canada) and it’s time to start dressing the part.
I think Fall is the most beautiful season of them all thanks to the colors Mother Nature likes to play with at this time of the year.
Scarves are probably the most popular Fall accessory we own and for good reason. Not only do they provide extra warmth during those cold days, but they also add some style and interest to our Fall/Winter outfits. One type of scarf we see emerging year after year is the cowl scarf.
What is a cowl scarf?
A cowl scarf can be described as a no-fuss infinity scarf. It is unique in the world of scarves because they are made from less material and have no ends. This makes them appealing to many because you don’t have to worry about the ends of your scarf coming untied at random moments.
Thanks to this, they can be tied in many different ways, making them a great option to add some depth to your cold weather look. Also, most infinity scarves are made from knit fabrics and they usually have an interesting texture and color.
In this post, I would be sharing my favorite ways to wear my cowl scarves, and hopefully, you spot a style you can try out instead of your usual neck loop.
Just a heads up, Etsy is hands-down my favorite place to shop for not just cowl scarves but scarves in general. I love knowing someone handmade my scarf with love in the comfort of their home, most likely
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1) The double loop
This is probably the easiest way to wear a cowl scarf and many people’s immediate go-to. All you need to do is wrap the scarf around your neck twice and you’re ready to step outside. I love wearing my chunky neckwarmers this way when I’m wearing a pair of skinny jeans and a leather jacket.
I don’t know about you but when I try to attempt this with my blanket scarves, I have to keep checking that one end hasn’t become undone and is almost dragging on the floor. A cowl scarf would just stay in place and so this style of scarf is perfect for folks on the go who may have their hands occupied.
You can get the exact look HERE
2) The cowl hood
If you’re looking to switch up your scarf game, you can do so by wearing your cowl scarf as a hood. This works with a longer scarf seeing as you need some extra fabric to wrap over your head and have enough left over for your neck.
Wearing your cowl scarf as a hood comes in handy, especially on those cold days when you want to keep your head and neck warm but don’t feel like wearing many layers of Fall or Winter accessories on your head and neck.
I love this cowl hood option that comes in several neutral colors.
3) The cowl shrug
Looking for a chic way to stay warm while wearing a fancy dress in the winter? Consider converting your cowl scarf into a cowl shrug and adding it to your outfit. This convertible shrug for example would be a great addition to evening wear with short or no sleeves. You could bring the shrug higher or lower across your shoulders, depending on your preference.
What I love about these is you don’t have to worry about finding the right size because thanks to their ‘infinity nature,’ one size will fit most body sizes however if you are concerned about broad shoulders and finding the right size of shrug, the link I provided (click the photo as well) offers the option to enter your measurements for a perfect fit!
A cowl shrug would add a touch of elegance (and an extra layer of warmth) to your look. Opt for a shrug that comes in a beautifully shaded yarn to really make your outfit stand out.
If you’re looking for a fun way to switch up your more casual looks for the cold, this cowl shrug serves as a 4-in-1 and can be used not only as a cowl scarf and shrug but also as a convertible face mask – how cool is that?
4) The cowl vest
A cowl vest is a great way to make your Fall and Winter wardrobe more interesting while staying warm. The vest can be creative and asymmetrical such as this one or it could be plainer. A cowl vest can be worn in place of cowl neck sweaters if you would like to wear a thinner sweater underneath and lessen the business of your outfit.
Cowl vests would look great with pencil skirts, to create a great work outfit. I can also see them being paired with a pair of trousers or jeans and you could wear different colors of sweaters underneath to create different looks.
Whether you’re in the market for your first cowl scarf or already have a budding collection, I hope you have gotten inspired to wear your cowl scarves more often this season. You can opt for skinny neckwarmers or chunky ones, depending on your preference. If you want to be able to do more with your scarf, opt for a longer one.
Cowl-neck sweaters are also a chic and interesting way to stay warm in this cold. This one is probably my favorite as it's a cape-style sweater which is flattering on all body types.
Wondering how to style your favorite dark blue jeans? Check out this post HERE.
Until the next post,