The return of Y2K fashion means a return of folks asking how to tie a scarf top and not feel like they’re going to accidentally flash the masses. I’m right there with you, reader. I love the classic triangle scarf tops of my youth, but a quick scroll through TikTok has shown me that there are way more options out there for turning a basic silk scarf into a chic, vacation-ready top. Here, three fabulous TikTok fashionistas show how to tie a scarf top 15 different ways for maximum summer fun.
But first, two quick notes: First, pretty much all of these styles require the wearer to go braless or sport a backless bra option, but I’ve called out those that could potentially work with a strapless bra. That said, I’ve also seen women IRL rocking scarf tops with colorful, patterned or lace bras that have been incorporated into their look by way of matching colors or prints.
Second, all of these styles utilize square scarves. For reference, I wear a size 8 or 34C and used a scarf that was 33-inches long. It worked well for testing, but for a few of these styles I would’ve preferred a slightly larger scarf.
Now, onto those hacks! Plus, links to shop some of our favorite scarves for turning into tops.