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How To Tie A Scarf As A Top — Instagram's Latest Style Trend

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Instagram's mysterious algorithm is the recipient of much ire from those obsessed with the app. Though you're sucked into an infinite scroll, you still might feel like you often miss the recent shots your best friend posted while in Mallorca and the 'fit pics your favorite influencer debuted wearing head-to-toe Dior. But, sometimes through the fray of endless photos and oddly-specific ads, something jumps out at you. Lately, Instagram trendsetters have all fixated on exploring how to tie a scarf as a top, and though you may have missed the first or second photo proving such, as the numbers climb, you may suddenly find the trend in all sorts of unexpected places.

Simply reworking a scarf — migrating it from around your head or neck to a spot cinched snugly against your ribcage — isn't a new trend. But, as all trends fade and reemerge, so it seems does this humble scarf trick. In the '90s and early '00s the look was championed by women including Christina Aguilera, Fiona Apple, and Beyoncé. Today, it's the off-duty look that top Instagram trendsetters are adopting one by one. Part of the style's appeal is the fact that it's intended only for OOO activities. You're not wearing a scarf to work, you're wearing it somewhere sunny and relaxed. Add to that both a humble scarf's versatility and packability, and it's quite possibly the vacation staple you've been underestimating for far too long. Below, see a few ways the coolest outfit creators on Instagram are incorporating this piece into their wardrobes.

Beach Chic

If you're looking for something easy to throw on over a swimsuit, consider a pair of simple shorts with a scarf in place of a top. A printed style will come in handy to tie over your hair if things get windy, or can work as a bikini cover up; it's all your choice.

The Wrap

In most instances, you'll find scarves simply tied around the body in a triangle shape, but a cool beach-worthy alternative is to wrap it around the body, over the collarbone and tie behind the neck. It requires a longer sarong-style design to pull off, but the results are well worth it.

Swimsuit Style

Leave it to the ever on-trend Solid & Striped to design a two-piece swimsuit whose top is designed to resemble a scarf. The style will likely give you a bit more stretch than a standard silk or cotton, making it ideal if you're planning on being a bit more active and want to avoid any slippage.

All About Accessories

A scarf top serves as the perfect partner to the season's bold necklaces and statement earrings. Since there are no straps, sleeves, or lace to get in the way, your jewelry has the chance to shine.

Back To Classics

If you're looking to try the look, but don't want your ensemble to feel too trendy or over-the-top, just keep it simple. A logo-print scarf or one with a bandana motif is easy to style with a pair of classic straight-leg jeans.

Tie It Up

For an alternate option, consider flipping directions and tying a graphic top in the front and style with a pair of high-waisted pants.