Styling Scarves

I like flaunting my flatness, so rarely wear scarves. However, I have a lot of them and for those of us who have had a single or double mastectomy without reconstruction they are a quick way to decorate our chests and add volume. In fact ‘wear a scarf’ was the extent of the advice I could find on what would suit a flat chest prior to my BMX (and when I say ‘suit‘, the advice from websites and leaflets was actually that I would want to hide and disguise my lack of reconstruction!).


To try and explode the myth that we should be hiding ourselves away because we have followed a different surgical path, I have found 31 different ways to style a scarf (31 ways shared one-a-day on @flatterfashion Twitter and Facebook January 2016, as well as in the Flat Friends group on Facebook which is a closed group for ladies who have had, or are considering, a mastectomy without reconstruction).

So, style your scarf a different way and use it to accessorise your outfit: It should be for decoration, not camouflage!

(If you’re new to my blog you will soon realise I am not your typical fashion blogger – no pouting and posing here. No stylish backdrops. No photographer with a fancy camera. Just me and my phone, hoping to take a photo that is in focus – and often forgetting to smile in the process!).

  1. Belted Blanket                                                                                                                                                                01c8cd616de17142fe687ec42a50dad02429c68ad2 010e9f5da4605fc291f7be9483bc8c827b5e09fe5e
  2. Weave (Pull one end through the loop, then tie the two ends together. This works well worn over your flat side)                                                                                                                                                                                        011f4dbf4847899116b4895412976c52571d72e35d 010a71cc6206e4bb8dce5dbd3c142b8d25e587d28e 018649577df74513890c323697341a7383e5da3c6e 01a68bbc0af8e8e0aeb180c2a2808e1e7958c50f58 013d5d9408c4ef63b79bd5ae843fc93d49c384fed6
  3. Doughnut   (Tie a simple knot, then tie another slightly lower)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   0173d4089e016b0a721ed4a662cf71fb6615152b75 019a862b4ffb642b286a9c4209822530dd90e1ed51 017a6074bb5ec77299428b887ba2931e17f3acbd98 01fd427b5c59846e5f0bb62572620954388982c759 0109e1fa5ed42a5abc4c87e91d9895071f5e154f5d
  4. Windsor (Can you remember how to tie a school tie?!)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       01e13f738441b1e589f462f21327ca01f7bf160402 0136c7f13514f0167eb5f2c7d8b5159307a5d01b0c 0165f6a3999b0137e7379d9ab61366118cd2513fbe 01a7fce7b3dba49dc321518b284d825c1459051f79
  5. Tucked-in Collar (Loop from the front around the back of your neck, then bring each end down through the loop)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    0164c17ade6bdded40ca8e9477a2ebc98369e9c208 018b9bd26675409e57fe3bfd4ad3a4134920cd7622 015832efc6d19d5c21ced45459bdd20f6094cff812 01df7e876fc95cf19b276c3d9cbb5b77bf477ee18b 011f56610fe41668d0cdb5b5c86959af2dcd07fce8
  6. Twisted Infinity (Twist two together)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          014d07c50e6ff7e44b8cdd8bdf0a398abfd0049fae_00001 017f73d6248efb731a6bfacf9dd1364e83dfc440cd 0178d4f4f32033ef8215275302bb4f2e8a59f4378c
  7. Highland Fling  (Drape a large scarf across your body then bring the end around your back and over the same shoulder – great on your single flat side)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             01754951e126741da5539ad4f9360ee77d60416be4 01f4721f568e8e834024206e8a9fff00bba21636ea 018b0621d061466ef66fb2b45944f36acb48dda996 01969a61b0d66081c7b80c0855c9c547669e5ad261 01b404f76c55ce3ce2e11524386ffe805ffea7a300
  8. Double Back  (Bring both ends through the loop; then push them behind and out from underneath)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             014e22694dd7b2dfc3cddda2ef7990a2300802750b 01c3cc1603b1bdf870d8846a076b6ec65d09e35424 01b15b25ec512775d51642cb9b3a49df3d29de2be3 01a5ec0a8ab2c3d9de85e1e145f61ad93aa5f15a38 01af830b80fe825a6ea8501e13f583529366c31a5f
  9. Shrug (Create a figure 8 with an infinity scarf then put your arms through the holes)                                                                                                                                                                                                010bd560366a3be35f9c7943513b6f9dfe85d50c59 018e4f10a2bfcca0263672c9112395ed61f3943af4 0186decb29b144a16aa7f8a60f5cbd2c9c29f46790
  10. Cabin Crew  (Small silk square tied in a simple knot and bow, worn as high and big as you like!)                                                                                                                                                                                           01731e61f96396df47df697c32fbca5290a9887a21 01fcd78874bc23627f44109b68aa4acec6d994f177
  11. Infinity Bow  (Knot opposite corners together, tie ends into a small bow – Here I am using a large square scarf but this would work with any scarf)                                                                                                                                                                                              01b81eb689c09d9191993034065a7fa9861ccb8c8d 011c0af7d33d0b58185862b1ce835cf4c7b0ffaf8d 0175d5c96c269c80fecd58892bf80ee5d17757bd1c 01be232cab3ac35bbfa98a93ece38f26165e768cc9 01d7db61b95db8c7c17c90b448653bcd00f256e187
  12. Double Tuck (Simple loop around your neck from front to back; twist the loop and bring one end through from above, then the other through from underneath)                                                                                                                                                      01fe20ceeac28d0b770508d0a7c9b221cc6a0e4651 015c5a5a6ef087158a3b6091544845026a59338be5 019088357ea091025029969d09c5ad1a48cd47b79c 01ff79dce65e3ca5d18118bfaa4b2cf854c3b57a75 019bf67887d05cf02f30201a198189db6b7b241577_00001 019d0df59d0d2e22dc1f664a9d07d21e02acaed144
  13. Knots (As easy as it looks!)                                                                                                                                                                           01dcf0dabc60c2bb3fd38a53a823faefa7fb28f598 01189429b55e7acf9cd6c67335d2c3dba8a19e2120 01b325a7cfb5260b32108a2f0a6b29d66b1b0f602c 0115de85ddf014c920f91dd1947ed36443652db811
  14. Cowgirl (Large square scarf, fold in half into a triangle across your front. Bring the ends around to the front and tie together and tuck under to keep them out of the way)                                                                                                                                                                       01c94fb65e4e3f8c2d625aa5a5c1faacb21a96bb92 013dae39a5e5cbe2b5f87b1915b11e4ede98a6de6f_00001 01546abe1c0c0989b93229011604cf64f0a60727f0 011a8ec776d1b22aedd8e5ccc40972383667029a80
  15. Shawl  (Drape across your body, bring it around your back then drape down from your shoulder – would work well draping down over your flat side if you have had a single mastectomy)                                                                                                                                                                                               01c8cd616de17142fe687ec42a50dad02429c68ad2 019b5e75c910a7b2e152115c96bbf9a6783001f408 01d8abc374c1a5dcdeaa405f46fcb411ee7dc24c58
  16. Woggle  (Grab a ring out of your jewellery box and thread the ends through to secure – loop through twice to hold a very fine scarf)                                                                                                                                                                          01f7658c0695a7ac250cf6106bdc50f1015285a9f1 01d87c1a37f6a029ae1292edff2637bc636322d44f
  17. Belt Up                                                                                                                                                                           01ef5f3e4e0dd7826d913cbe38399ab3ff382090a7_00001 01f9e430f1ef0afb63f17caab37bb45af6cf7e38ac
  18. Coiled Collar  (Twist scarf all the way to the ends, bring round from the back and tie a simple knot. Still holding the twist in place, wrap the ends back around your neck to the front and release)                                                                                                                                                                                      0116894e8b620235a99e6ea91f6d696e610bf5ba2d 0111ba05bb76f434574faadc1852c4b199e9981978 01d4d203a2d57d0dd39b642fe4cc6ea28773217d27 0138b338214f727947df4eade756fe96261120527c
  19. PussyBow  (Similar to No.10 but with a longer scarf, you could then drape the tails down over your flat side)                                                                                                                                                                                               0113d21f85843fa9c37cfebe78df917b07258f5823 0167c5ea2aabd69a28de1ecc3c5166d921b4c57046 013517347903407c9cbc104afda79891028e53f764
  20. Cowl Neck (Take two corners from each end and wrap around the back of your neck. The full width of fabric will then drape across your front   creating a cowl neck)                                                                                                                                                                     016644a7e591c8268f17b2597f401fa2f97a498e30 0162d31236f60efa3143542720d971fde5357d6771 01e9356a3b35c0d5d1091ab7c9f75e4f80b9a538f1
  21. Tied Up (Find two scarves which compliment each other. Drape the larger one around your neck then loop tie the smaller one around it. Bring the ends up from behind and back through the loop)                                                                                                                                                                                          01f0dfec9544d4e7f1c92e23970f8eff55d3a83afd 012e83e7603d05930d3112e1736e1f8b616d5af84f 011d2f99ad35f1bb105418bdfaf2d60364c3c289d6 01605bf0e8767d626b60b831beb939e4609b3d4999
  22. Two-Tone  (Using a scarf with contrasting sides – mine has a dark and a light side, fold over one third (dark side) and place this under your chin. Bring the two ends round the back of your neck and adjust so the dark side is visible – great for creating the illusion of shadows and depth)                                                                                                                                                                                        0112aa60888ef65f41e7de56cf0aaac965c7468a46 0125e8be552c0e40423596f9cf08aa1477ed1d6cdb 01634e8bdc31a67409508d06e37eb56bb68ccff5ef
  23. Twisted Cowgirl  (Fold a square scarf into a triangle and twist. Keeping the point of the triangle on your front, wrap the ends  around your neck and tie at the front under the triangle. Pull the point out slightly)                                                                                                                                                                                     013dae39a5e5cbe2b5f87b1915b11e4ede98a6de6f 016bdd7f6a9c63f370c84d6c79530aea6fd66a5290 016cf5d891ad90c33e51402bfd87f69a0e58bd5905 019c1920ec83320c57f67dd49d434e45dd0d9c604d
  24. Accent Snood (Layer two snoods/infinity scarves)                                                                                                                                                                                       014d07c50e6ff7e44b8cdd8bdf0a398abfd0049fae 01f08eaf1d7668ca56d4c10651021389d882d527e8 017c215ca4e7de44e75cb23c6fd6eae296342ffd4c
  25. Scarf Ring Loop  (Pull one end through a ring and position over your chest. Wrap the other end around your neck twice then pull the tip of this end of the scarf through the ring)                                                                                                                                                            0120c09795d3b0fe0dcef3bee22400b01ac576e0f4 01a97282c799fc22041c46dc9d5c6db438ec01e3c801afd36eeda25804da6c9fb61c1d02fe3aa191e9db 01c8732d3e9c1a6c52df6d9a0f6309c6f00edff2f7
  26. Figure of Eight (Place an infinity scarf around your chest and twist in  front of you and place over your head. Adjust around your shoulders.)                                                                                                                                                                  010bd560366a3be35f9c7943513b6f9dfe85d50c59 01662bdb70680b72e2e929365173a9f752066c54a0 018b87624a568d5b68b8efca89506d2e58d7108423 01ffbb496d5be7cec9a35a4fff3657b2f57f7aa3c9
  27. Audrey (Twist a silky scarf and tie around your neck, release the ends)                                                                                                                                                                                          01186528714973328ee2c1b07f9115016952667a5c 01910eb86ce9d9824b27726804b63415cb425f1df1 0121ca557c1daec032cae1b131a638c4e63a70459c
  28. Wraparound  (Drape one end over your shoulder, wrap it around your back then over the same shoulder creating a cowl neck – fasten with a brooch or pin)                                                                                                                                                                             01c8cd616de17142fe687ec42a50dad02429c68ad2 012a1adf19a6b6fa010c30b5eb8b2d2ee4be9c1f34 017d38209591500ff401f86c62157a4ef08e27c5a2
  29. SimpleTie (Wrap the scarf from front to back around your neck, then tie either at the centre or over your flat side – try this with patterned or decorated scarves, like this tasselled one)                                                                                                                                                                                                    01ef5f3e4e0dd7826d913cbe38399ab3ff382090a7 01b26b7846547dfe7b9b2a98a6b0a7968e44a2b52b 015ccff9ef5e5c65c841bca167f4056589872a8d1b
  30. Twisted Shoulders (Drape an infinity scarf around your shoulders, then twist at the front. Bring this back over your head and pull down over your shoulders)                                                                                                                                              01e7cd8ad9b1643b592a92c1c14ee7b8a15a83e20f 010881ff71ff588f959232d2a89b0c7d43d35cd658 011be2056d1644be15f6086a0e69b66e7222e98029 01b6794c3eec4d675b1168d2a53d9e87dd4650a065
  31. Accent Colours (Pick two contrasting scarves which compliment each other. Tie one loosely at the front, and drape the other loosely around and underneath it)
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