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From the neckerchief knot to the belted wrap, discover author of ‘Style Forever’, Alyson Walk’s statement but simple ways to wear a scarf.
For a touch of insouciance, an ageing neck or purely to present more options than the statement necklace, scarves - in particular the neckerchief - are the essential accessory to show your style know-how. We asked Alyson Walsh, author of _Style Forever,_ based on her popular blog _That’s Not My Age,_ to run through the key ways to get knotted. "I'm a born-again summer scarf-lover," Alyson explains. "I used to wear them, a lot, when I was younger - bandana-style with a biker jacket or tied in my hair - and have recently rediscovered the appeal of a little scarf action. They are such a quick and easy way to upgrade any outfit." Here are her top four new season ties.

1. The neckerchief knot

The neckerchief-style scarf is a simple way to add a little flourish to any outfit. Think 50s Grace Kelly and wear with a white shirt and Capri pants. A pair of chunky sandals will bring the look right up to 2015. And on cooler days, go for Gucci-inspired double denim. Just fold the scarf in half and keep folding until you have a neat band, tie in a knot on one length and thread the other end through for easy neckerchief adjustment. Or wrap around twice for more of a choker effect (as seen on the Acne catwalk) – though you might want to wait until after the heatwave to try that.

All images: Caroline Leeming. Stylist: Claire Brayford. Silk square, £69, Fariba Soltani (available at Fenwick Bond Street)

2. The belted wrap

Upgrade any travel wardrobe with a large, light and airy scarf. Whoosh loosely around the neck, over a plain t-shirt and khaki military jacket, at the airport and add a knotted belt for an instant update. And for in-flight mode, ignore the complimentary travel blanket and simply loosen the scarf, wrapping it over the shoulders like a shawl. This multi-tasking summer style also comes in handy as a sarong at the beach and can be thrown over a neck and shoulders that have seen too much sun. Add one to your holiday checklist now.

Cotton scarf, £20, Jacky Diffusion (available at Fenwick Kingston)

3. The skinny scarf

Long and lean is the perfect scarf of the moment – and a good way to embrace the 70s vibe. The ultimate style is skinny and silk and comes from Saint Laurent Paris or colourful and knitted by Missoni. Kate Moss and Jamie Hince are fans of his ’n’ hers, rock-and-roll neckwear teamed with a tuxedo or biker jacket. Wear a nonchalantly-tied low knot, or let it hang loose, like it’s there, and you just don’t care…

Knitted scarf, £99, Missoni (available at Fenwick Bond Street)

4. The foulard

A bit John Wayne, a bit French Femme; take a large silk square, fold in half and knot at the back, allowing the scarf to drape loosely at the front. Go for Parisian over western styling by twisting rather than knotting at the back, and bringing both ends forward (one on either side of the neck). This works particularly well if you’re wearing a lightweight summer blazer, V-neck t-shirt or work in an office with the air-conditioning cranked up. And is definitely the best way to prevent drafts around the décolletage.

Large square scarf, £159, Laura Orchant (available at Fenwick Bond Street)