How to Tie a Scarf into a Vest: 3 Chic Ways

The versatile scarf that is generally used for layering in a fashionable way and beating the cold can be folded in a multitude of ways to resemble a vest transforming any simple outfit into a stylish one. In case you are out and the weather suddenly turns chilly, you can get some coziness by wearing your scarf in this way. They also allow you to add a touch of modesty to your swimwear and singlets.

How to Tie a Scarf into a Vest

1. Make a Racerback Style Vest from a Scarf

Long and light scarves suit this style. It can also be done with a shorter length of scarf resulting in a skimpy vest that looks nice with short skirts.

How to Make a Scarf into a Vest


  1. Open up the scarf lengthwise.
  2. Fold it in half.
  3. Take the open corners in one hand and the folded corner in another and tie them into a small knot.
  4. Slip the two large holes thus made through your arms and let the knot sit at your back.

Below is the view of the vest from the back. It resembles a racerback top in its looks.

How to Make a Vest Out Of a Scarf

2. Make a Shawl-Like Wrap Vest Out Of a Scarf

This style of vest can be made with both large square and rectangular scarves, working especially well when tied with blanket scarves. You can choose a plaid or batik pattern of scarf for this DIY as it keeps the material visible.

How to Make a Vest from a Scarf


  1. Wrap the scarf around your shoulders like a shawl.
  2. Cinch the sides at the waist by a belt.

Now you are left with a versatile, layered look suitable for fall.

3. Turning an Infinity Scarf into a Vest

You can make a vest from an infinity scarf by placing it on your shoulders from the back side, sliding your arms in and letting the lower part of the loop rest on your back.

How to Turn an Infinity Scarf into a Vest

A scarf when worn like a vest suits tight fitted tops paired with skinny jeans or leggings. Note that they are basically tying or wearing methods that require no sewing. Scarf vests look trendy and chic, effortlessly bringing out the fashionista in you. You can do the techniques with chiffon, sheer or lacy scarves for summer and switch to pashmina scarves in winters.