Rome Fashion Notes – How to Tie Your Winter Scarf

Some people say that I never notice fashion. And that is true. But this time I am noticing how Italians tie their winter scarves. From my week of observing, in Rome and Naples, I would say 50% of the population tie their scarf as follows.

1. Take one long rectangular scarf and fold in half so the length is half what it was to start.
2. Wrap this half scarf around your neck so both ends hang down in front.
3. In front put the two loose ends through the loop of the folded end.
4. Tighten up to your neck.

This produces a very neat looking scarf that does not have long ends that blow in the wind and has two layers at the neck to keep you warm.

I am wearing my scarf like this – but I will not be wearing those very pointy shoes.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

5 thoughts on “Rome Fashion Notes – How to Tie Your Winter Scarf”

  1. thanks for your scarf instructions. i could NOT figure out how to do this until i saw your instructions and it is just so easy!! thanks.

  2. Jesus Christ. You have no idea how much time I’ve wasted in front of the mirror trying to tie this knot. Now I won’t be the only one on the train with an unkempt looking scarf. You are a godsend.

  3. There is another way — start with the scarf around your neck, with one end just below your shoulder, the other hanging long. Wrap the long end once around your neck and tuck the ends into the scarf from top to bottom and pull through. But, no matter how I do it, I still look like an American!

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