How to Tie a Jabot Knot

by Chelsea Fitzgerald ; Updated September 28, 2017

Jabots often have lace and ruffles or a bold print to add flair to an ensemble.

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A jabot is a scarf worn around the neck and tied so it hangs down the center of a shirt or blouse. In the past, aristocratic men often wore lacy and ruffled jabots to hide the buttons of their shirts. Jabots are similar to ascots and are tied in the same type of knot. It is often simply a scarf that requires tying to add color, texture and pizazz to a solid colored shirt.

Fold the jabot scarf in straight folds that are approximately 2 to 3 inches wide, if the scarf is wide enough.

Hang the jabot scarf around your neck so that the ends drape over the chest area.

Adjust the ends of the jabot scarf so they are even.

Pick up the right end of the scarf and bring it toward the left end. Cross it over the left piece of fabric about midway up the length.

Pull the end that is now on the left side up and toward your chin, behind the crossed section, and flip it over. Adjust the ends of the jabot so they are the same length.


  • Many jabots have a teardrop, triangle or round shape on the ends. This type is meant to be worn with the ends at the same length. Other jabot scarves have ruffled layers that are meant drape at different lengths to elongate the look. Pin the middle of the jabot with an attractive cameo broach or other type of pin.

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Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.