Why Don’t You…Use a Scarf as a Bag Strap?


During her nearly 30-year tenure at Harper’s Bazaar, legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland penned an advice column titled “Why Don’t You?” In it, she tickled the reader with humorous (yet totally sincere), sometimes zany suggestions on everything from fashion and cosmetics to hostessing. No matter the subject, however, Vreeland’s tidbits always had one thing in mind: When doubt, follow you whims. Wether that means wearing fruit hats or rinsing your blonde little one’s hair in dead champagne to “keep it gold” (both DV soundbites, mind you), life is about entertaining your flights of fancy, and doing so without shame.

Whenever I’m feeling uninspired, I try to embody spirit of “Why Don’t You?” Sometimes, pursuing even the tamest idea can be just what you need to emerge from a funk case. Case in point: Last week, I was moseying in my bedroom, procrastinating getting ready for a trip to the city while lamenting the start of school in T-minus 48 hours. I was reluctantly putting my essentials into my favorite little pocketbook when an idea struck me: Why not use a silk scarf to make my purse into a more city-appropriate cross-body? A few minutes and one pin later, my plan was executed and my mood was boosted.

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I know, I know: My minute of inventiveness pales in comparison to the idea of “Order Schiaparelli’s cellophane belt with your name and telephone number on it?” and the like. But it was my DV moment all the same, so today I thought I’d share with you how to “get the look” for yourself…and maybe unearth a little “Why Don’t You?” irreverence in the process.

A Style Study DIY: Scarf Bag Strap

:: Step 1

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Lay your scarf face-down on a flat surface. Make sure to get rid of any extra folds and bunches.

:: Step 2

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Take one of the top corners of your scarf and fold it across on a diagonal so that it meets the opposite corner.

:: Step 3

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Take it back now, y’all: Grab the newly-joined corners and fold them back across the scarf so that they point in the opposite direction. Be sure to leave a couple inches unfolded underneath the main triangle shape. (See picture for clarification)

:: Step 4

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Flip the entire scarf over, so that the flap you left unfold now faces upward.

:: Step 5

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Take the flap and start rolling it towards the top corner. Leave a small pyramid free at the top, then wrap it snuggly around the scarf of the roll to make a long, skinny baguette shape. (Again, reference pictures above)

:: Step 6

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Flip you “baguette” over and secure the fabric with a small pin. This will be the underside of your strap, with the pin resting on/around your shoulder.

. . .

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Et viola! You’ve got a DIY bag strap on your hands (er, shoulder). I recommend double-knotting the fabric around the hardware of whichever bag you are using, but otherwise is should stay secure! This look is a great way to mix up one of your go-to accessories, and I can’t wait to experiment with it more!

Have you ever made a bag strap out of a scarf? Better yet, tell me in the comments about a time you had a “Why Don’t You?” moment. I’d love you hear all your stories! 🙂


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