Wild rags are such a fun way to add colors and patterns to any look! They are a western style staple that dates back to the 1800’s and is still widely worn today. You can get them in a variety of colors, sizes, fabrics, and patterns. There are hundreds of ways to wear them from using them as belts, scarves, or even as a hair accessory! Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try something different. Here are 5 of the ways that I like to use my wild rags. All these wild rags are from Cowboy Images at cowboywildrags.com.

Wraparound With Slide

I love using scarf slides! You can find so many great slides in different shapes and sizes! I made this one from a concho a found at the tack shop by putting wire between the two screws. You can use slides in many different ways. Brooches work for this look too. Here I have a more traditional wrap style. Fold your rag into a triangle and place the open ended point in front pointing towards your feet. Wrap both ends around the back of your neck and meet back in the front. Place both ends through your slide and pull through until you get the look you want.


I decided to think outside of the box for this look. I folded my rag into a triangle and then folded (starting at the open ended point) into 2 inch sections. I then wrapped it around my head and tied a knot underneath my hair at the base of the left side of my neck. Use bobby pins to secure if needed.

Traditional Square Knot

A square knot is one of the most traditional and popular style among real working cowgirls. It keeps the cold wind off your neck and keeps the dust off! A larger size rag is definitely recommended for this look. Fold your rag into a triangle and place the open ended point in front pointing towards your feet. Wrap either end around neck meeting both ends in front. Tie into a square knot. For a visual check out this video from Flat Hat Rags HERE.

Neck Tie

This is one of my favorite styles, mostly because I live in Arizona and the full size rags can be a little too hot for the desert. It is also super easy to add to a tee or tank. You’ll want a smaller size rag for this one. Fold the rag in a triangle and starting from the open pointed end fold into 1-1 1/2 in folds. Wrap around neck once or twice and tie in a square knot. Voila! Instant chic!

Wrist Tie

Don’t forget to just have fun! There are no rules to how to wear a wild rag. I often twist them around my wrist as an arm accessory! If you have a long one you can even twist it up and use it as a belt. Get creative!