Even though I know the life-changing power of a belt, I’m not a huge fan tbh. I just find them uncomfortable, and I don’t love super fitted clothes or things that highlight my shape (which probably goes against every fashion rule you’ll ever read). That’s just me though, and I do appreciate what a huge difference a cinched waist can make. It’s flattering and a great way to make clothes fit better. But for me, when I wear a belt it’s less about fit and more about accessorizing. Studded belts were a thing for awhile and Western belts had their moment for awhile, but for a more low-key, Parisian-chic statement that never goes out of style, I’m all about wearing a scarf as a belt.
Wearing a scarf as a belt is probably my favorite style hack. I’ve been doing it since high school. It instantly adds a pop of color and pattern to your outfit. It’s also one of those unexpected details that can make a basic outfit look so much more polished and stylish. Wrap it through your pant or jean belt loops and knot it in front. I love how it dresses up denim or adds a touch of pattern to work trousers. Or wrap a scarf around your waist to carve out your shape in a billowy dress or oversized top. So easy, so chic.
I feel like scarves are one of those things you always get as gifts or treat yourself to, but never really find the occasion or remember to wear. That’s why I love this hack: Wearing a scarf as a belt is a great way to get use out of your scarf collection. Personally, it’s my favorite way to wear my vintage Hermes scarf, which otherwise doesn’t see the light of day nearly enough. I love to wear it with jeans and a white tee. It instantly amps up such a simple, casual outfit. But I’m also loving the idea of wrapping it around a white shirt dress for work. It makes it feel like a brand new dress without spending a dime. Here are my favorite ways to wear a scarf as a belt.