It’s unfortunate that the scarf is so overlooked by men today. When the temperature drops it only makes sense to throw a scarf on, yet so many men do themselves a disservice by either forgetting their neckwear, or putting on a threadbare scarf that barely keeps the cold out, and detracts from their outfit.
The scarf is a combination of form and function, but finding one that works for you needs a bit of forethought. Is this something for a cold day at the office, or a breezy night out? Does wool scratch and bite at your neck, or do you love the feel of good soft cashmere?
So before you head out into the cold, check out EveryGuyed’s Guide to Scarves and figure out just what you need to help survive the season with this oft overlooked fashion accessory.
The scarf is a combination of form and function, but finding one that works for you needs a bit of forethought
The gold standard in scarves, a wool scarf in cashmere or merino is something every man ought to own. With soft, understated patterns and colors, it never overpowers your outfit; but merely accents it in the just the right way. If it strikes you, feel free to get one in your college colors and show some pride for the old alma mater.
This is great scarf for everyday wear, no matter where the day might take you. It pairs best with your winter coat, or even with a thick knit sweater and jeans; above all the key here is to add bulk to your look without overwhelming it. Tie it in an overhand knot, or a French knot if you need it a bit closer to the neck (link to the how to tie scarves article)
A wool scarf in cashmere or merino is something every man ought to own
A lightweight scarf that offers less protection than cashmere against the elements this is still a great scarf to have. It’s the perfect scarf to go with a blazer in the cool winds of autumn; a great cotton scarf is indispensable as summer turns to fall.
If the weather doesn’t warrant heavy winter wear yet, consider adding a cotton scarf to your outfit. A cotton scarf with a subtle check can add a much needed bit of vitality to your everyday suit. Tie it in a French knot around your neck, and you’re set.
A broad category that includes any knit scarf, cotton or wool. To clarify, we’re talking about the clunky knit scarves that your grandmother specializes in. It’s warm, there’s no doubting that, but it can sometimes be difficult to put together an outfit that includes this piece.
A knit scarf in a French knot is the perfect compliment to a simple sweater, and offers just the right amount of warmth for the early winter. Younger men can pair a chunky knit scarf with an oversized t-shirt and ratty jeans for a sort of bohemian-chic look. This scarf is often all about the style of knit and it’s bulk, so use it as a contrast to a clean cut ensemble, not at the final straw in an outfit that already makes you look like an Eskimo.
A knit scarf in a French knot is the perfect compliment to a simple sweater
From the Hermes knockoff for sale on the sidewalk to the white silk piece in the back of your closet, the silk scarf is the ultimate triumph of form over function. Not warm enough for the cold weather, the silk scarf still has its place and purpose.
A blue patterned scarf can be knotted around your neck for a nautical look for trips to the beach. Not feeling the summer regatta look? A black or white silk scarf adds a brilliant touch of class to any suit, making it ready for a night out. This is a more formal scarf, and should always be paired with an outfit of equal stature, or dressed completely down; never in-between.
A black or white silk scarf adds a brilliant touch of class to any suit, making it ready for a night out
The Keffiyeh is an Arab headdress that’s been co-opted by many youthful ‘in the know’ types as a neckpiece. A more youthful piece, you shouldn’t really try this look unless you’re the kind of guy who has a monthly budget specifically allocated to ironic sunglasses and skinny jeans.
Depending on where you wear it, and how, people will either think you’re expressing support for Palestine or are just coming back from an indie concert, so beware of the stigma attached to this simple bit of checked cloth. Also, it’s a trend, and one that as we write these words, and is quickly on its way out the fashion door.
Every scarf fills a different role and need:
- Wool Scarf: A great workhorse scarf for the cold weather, there’s no situation where this scarf doesn’t fit in.
- Cotton Scarf: The perfect autumn scarf, the cotton scarf can really liven up an outfit.
- Knit Scarf: A clunky offering that’s best for lazy Sunday walks or as an accessory for a Boho chic outfit.
- Silk Scarf: Great for nights out, for watching regattas, or other situations where being warm isn’t as important as looking good.
- Keffiyeh: A difficult choice that’s best left to the hipsters.
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