How to Wear a Skinny Scarf

0 expectations to keep you warm, but 100% guaranteed to nail the Y2K aesthetic.

Last Updated on February 28, 2023

The skinny scarf is well and truly back.

It’s not the first time we’ve reported on Y2k style making a massive comeback in recent years. 

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For millennials, some trends from the Y2k aesthetic may make you shudder in fear from your adolescence (I’m talking about YOU white parachute pants!).

A super easy way to dip your toes (back) into Y2K-inspired fashion is by adding some updated accessories to your wardrobe rotation – and what could be easier than a skinny scarf?

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What is a skinny scarf?

Skinny scarves (also called tiny scarves – cute!) might be the most non-practical-but-looks-good accessory to come out of the noughties.

They are usually no wider than 6 inches and are super long, so you’re able to wrap them around your neck and still have plenty of material to spare on either side.

Speaking of materials; slinky, drapey fabrics work best for the ‘just thrown this together’ vibe. Metallic, beaded, and sequinned scarves elevate were also popular to elevate a look.

How are skinny scarves styled today?

In the 2000’s, skinny scarves were often sold as part of a matching set and that still remains the case today.

Even Bella Hadid has given the trend the nod. She’s styled her skinny scarf with a matching ruched cami.

Co-ordinating your scarf doesn’t end at your top though – how about a matching mesh skirt or cosy cardigan?

An extra bit of *spice* to a simple outfit. The queen of styling Trinny Woodall shows us how adding a silver skinny scarf can elevate a plain black dress and chunky black boots.

Are skinny scarves in style for 2023?

Absolutely. We’ve already spotted fashion royalty Matilda Djerf wearing them.

Expect to see skinny scarves featured all over your social feeds and the high street for 2023. We predict they will become more decadent as festival season approaches: think silver chain mail, boho tassels and beading and you’re on the right track.

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I saw Matilda Djerf wearing a skinny scarf with a silky slip dress so I bought a skinny scarf and silky slip dress.

How to style skinny scarves

If you consider skinny scarves a close cousin to layering jewelry you’ll soon find yourself wearing them with everything!

The beauty of this trend is that truly anyone can adapt it to their personal style; Take a look at these babes have styled the hottest accessory of 2023

2 trends in 1: Skinny scarf paired with the latest update of leather jacket.
Dusky brown and mauve tones keep the vintage vibe.

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Shop skinny scarves

A black and white polka dot skinny scarf is sure to go with any look. Extra style points if you wear a different print to clash.


Fringed printed scarf, £12.99, Zara – buy now

Poetic Fringe Skinny Scarf Free People

Poetic Fringe Skinny Scarf, £32, Free People – buy now

Sequin skinny scarf Monsoon

Sequin skinny scarf, £11, Monsoon – buy now

Marmo And Onde-Print Silk-Twill Scarf

Marmo And Onde-Print Silk-Twill Scarf, £145, Pucci – buy now


Wool-Alpaca Fringe Scarf, £160, Acne Studios – buy now

Pittoresque print silk ribbon Prada

Pittoresque print silk ribbon, £180, Prada – buy now