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Tying your scarf a million and one ways is one thing. But belting the thing? That’s something only crazy cat ladies do, right? Wrong. Here, five ways to belt a scarf like a boss.


With Lots of Layers

When the temperature really starts to drop, a wide stole belted under your best coat gives the illusion of a menswear vest.

Get the look: Lauren Ralph Lauren scarf ($58), Ann Taylor belt ($36)


With Long Fringe

Calf-length fringe stays out of your coffee (or meal or mouth) when you secure the scarf with a thin belt at the waist.

Get the look: Free People scarf ($228), H&M belt ($35)


As a Cape

The trick for all this fabric is to belt it high and spread it out over the arms. Leave enough room near your torso so the look is more like a poncho and less like a straight jacket.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters scarf ($39), Club Monaco belt ($99)


Or As a Necktie

For dressy days, take a long silk kerchief and loop it once around, then secure it at the waist. Your outfit is instantly refined.

Get the look: ASOS scarf ($7), J. Crew belt ($43)


Over the Shoulder

Play with asymmetry and drape a knit over one shoulder. Leave plenty of fabric below the belt so the scarf stays in place.

Get the look: Mango scarf ($40), Gap belt ($30)

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