It’s the ultimate cold weather accessory. Hats fall in and out of favor, and gloves need to be matched to your shoes or belt, but scarves alone remain a great way to inject a bit of flair and creativity into an entire outfit without great expense.
From the simple wool knit scarf, to the most expensive Hermes scarves, they all need to be tied, and tied in a way that compliments them. Too many men drop a wad of money on a brilliant scarf, only to leave it hanging around their necks like that famed albatross.
EveryGuyed has assembled a list of knots that are simple, and don’t take more than a minute to learn. So sit back, grab your scarf, and take in a quick lesson on cold weather wear.
The Overhand Knot
Though it’s not a strict overhand knot, as any boy scout could tell you, this is among the most simple, most low-fuss knots you can learn, and you probably already know how it works. Hanging a bit looser around your neck than other knots, it’s not nearly as well suited for the later winter, but great for fall and spring when the temperature is middling.
Take the scarf, and lay it around your shoulders. Take both ends of the scarf, and tie them ‘over-and-under’, as if you were starting to do up a giant pair of shoelaces. There, done. That’s the overhand knot.
The Once Round
This is a simple tie that leaves both ends of the necktie dangling at the front. Tuck them into your jacket, or let them hang loose. A great choice for cooler weather, this gives the neck some great protection against the cold winds of winter.
Take the scarf and wrap it once around your neck, leaving two ends dangling in the front. You’re done. Leave it as loose or as tight as you need.
The Twice Round
A cold-weather variant of the once round, this is a great choice for those living in the truly unfathomable cold. Looped around the neck twice, this requires a longer scarf, but offers significantly more protection from the elements.
Take the scarf and wrap it twice around your neck, leaving two short ends hanging in the front. That’s about it. When paired with a turtleneck, this becomes the ultimate screw you to old man winter.
The Four In Hand
Originally a necktie knot, this loose knot is perfect for men looking for the loose, simplicity of the In And Out, but want a choice that’s a bit more structured, and a bit more dignified. While it doesn’t offer any additional warmth, it won’t come loose without your help. A great choice for silk scarves that often won’t stay ties with other knots.
Tie it as you would tie a four in hand necktie knot. Drape two unequal lengths around your neck, wrap the longer end around the shorter length. Take the longer end and tug it through the back end of the knot already forming. Pull until it’s snug, but not too tight. You don’t want to leave creases.
The French Knot
The quintessential European scarf knot, this knot is the perfect knot for day-to-day wear. It works at the office or at a ballgame. Works best with thinner scarves of greater length.
Take the scarf and fold it in half, lengthwise. Lay it across your neck, and draw the loose ends of the scarf through the other end. Tug it as tight or as loose as you need. To undo the knot, reverse the instructions, and for more help, check out EveryGuyed’s Guide To Tying A Necktie.
- The Overhand knot: Like tying shoelaces. Great, loose knot.
- The Once Round: Once around your neck. Both ends up front. Good for colder weather.
- The Twice Round: Double a Once-Round. Great for the cold winter.
- The Four In Hand: As a necktie. Similar to an Overhand, but a bit classier.
- The French Knot: Ends through the loop. A warm, fashionable choice.
- Don’t tie too tightly; you don’t want to leave creases.
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