Follow us around as we finally learn all the secrets of the impeccably dressed French women, from skincare to fashion to how do they look so good without barely any makeup? Starting our journey off is the silk scarf.

We all have seen the ease the French drape their beautiful scarves around their necks and bags to create an outfit that is worthy of a magazine while us mere mortals at this side of the Atlantic, can’t seem to stop making the same scarf look mumsy and fussy.

While Hermes is a favorite of the French, you don’t have to spend $$$ to get the same look, try these budget-friendly versions here and here. 

Look 1: The Hang Man

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The intricacy of the design is easy to achieve and adds a new way in which we wear our scarves. The inspiration is taken from the classic “wrap around the neck and be done with it ” style but elevated by the French way. If you aren’t brave enough to wear the scarf so up high the neck, you can easily play with the height depending on your preference.

Works Best With: Use this to change your basic jeans and t-shirt uniform. The detail of the scarf tie will add interest and elegance without losing the classic ease of the outfit.

Look 2: Twisted Tie

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Here the model uses two silk scarves to create the appropriate length for this design. The 2- minute knot is easy to wear and is appropriate for nearly all occasions, we especially love it for Mondays when you want to look put together without spending the time and energy ( both of which we don’t have) in the morning.

You can also substitute the bun with loose curls to add a 50s flair to the look.

Works Best With: Wash Days, hide your unruly mane with this scarf technique so no one will be talking about your ahem ahem greasy locks, instead, everyone will be admiring your bow making skills!

Look 3: Belt Battle

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Wear your scarf in an unexpected way by following this braided method. The detail that this creates is a sure way to get you noticed.

While the image uses two scarves to create this design, you can use the same method with a single scarf and wear it around your waist.

Works Best With: High Waisted Pants. Use your scarf to help highlight the already sophisticated cut of your pants and finish the look with the curious detailing.

Look 4: The Unexpected Sway

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Take a page out of the experimental French girl’s book and wear your scarf in an adventurous way. This method is easy to achieve and creates a major impact. Plus it truly showcases the almost forgotten print of your scarf and puts it on the forefront.

Works Best With: Everything. You can use this method to add a pop of color to solid color items or play with prints and colors by pairing with contrasting pieces.