It may be just a long piece of fabric to some but when layered the right way, it can add a dose of suave and sophistication to any look. It’s no wonder why designers and style conscious individuals are constantly finding new ways to use this piece of fabric desirably. After all, even though it is versatile enough to wear in many ways and styles, it can be tricky to get right. This is why men are a little dodgy when it comes to wearing a scarf in the first place but don’t worry, we have your back. Here are a few ways you can don scarves and ace this look to perfection.
A Few Basics when Picking A Scarf
The length of the scarf is as important as the way to tie it. Shorter scarves have very different knotting or tying style when compared to long scarves which can be wrapped many around your neck more than once. Besides this, it is also important to play with contrasts and pick the right weight. Once you get these basics right, you can go ahead and style your scarf.
Draping it the Classic Way
If you feel skeptical about wearing a scarf or trying intricate ways to style them, don’t sweat it. You can style the classic drape which is the simplest way to wear this fabric. All you have to do is pull up the collar of your jacket and put your scarf underneath it. Pairing a checked scarf with a suit, long coat or jacket is an effortless way to style this look.
The Necktie Look
This is an ideal look for long scarves but make sure you pick a thinner scarf to pull of this look. All you have to do is put the scarf around your neck, making sure one end is slightly longer than the other one. Following this, take the longer end and tie it around the shorter one. Pull from the bottom all the way to the top facing your chin. After this, simply take the longer end to tighten up the knot according to how you like it.
The Once Around Look
This is another popular way to drape a scarf. Simply put the scarf over your coat, jacket or suit and entwine it around your neck one time before letting it rest on your attire. You can don this scarf over your shirt and put a coat on top of this so that only a flash of the scarf can be seen. It is a great way to look effortlessly refined and smooth. The once around look is perfect when teamed with bomber jackets too. It helps you keep the cold at bay and makes you look effortlessly stylish as you do so.
The Ascot Knot
Many men find this knot difficult to get right but it really doesn’t feel like rocket science when you follow these simple steps. Put the scarf around your neck and cross the left end in a manner that it comes to the right. Allow the left end to pass under the right end. After this, take the left end upwards and tie it so that it forms a knot. You can then adjust both ends so that they are facing downwards and are equal in length.
When Pairing it with a Suit
For a formal occasion, there is nothing better than teaming your suit with a scarf. Just make sure you don’t pick a tangled bodega scarf as it can drag your style quotient down and can look clumsy. Instead, pick a merino or cashmere scarf, preferably in a neutral color. If you are attempting a wrap, don’t make it look too complicated.
Tying a Short Scarf
One sure shot way to get heads turning when wearing a short scarf is to don it in a western style known as the square dance technique. If you want to give this look a try, you need to swing the scarf around your neck, tie a knot in the front and a knot next to it. This looks like a loop or even gives the impression of a bow tie. Above all, make sure you keep it simple and if you are opting for a silk scarf, see that you keep it neat and smart.
Some of the Best Scarves you can Wear
There is nothing better than a scarf if you are looking to add that spunk and freshness to your attire. The fact that they come in many materials, patterns and lengths also leave you split for choice. Here are some of the most popular scarves you can try the above-mentioned styles with.
- Oversized scarves: Ideal for those particularly cold days, this scarf gives you that added layer of warmth, volume, and comfort. Wrapping it around your suit or woolen, a long-sleeved t-shirt is the best way to go about with this look.
- Cashmere scarves: Whether you are opting for the camel or black version of this scarf, you can don this piece of fabric in many styles. You are sure to feel snug and warm with this piece of clothing wrapped around your neck.
- Muffler scarves: For a scarf that blends well with any tying, draping and knotting technique, muffler scarves are the best. The fact that you can never make a faux pas with this look and it is available in a multitude of lengths and materials only adds to the charm of this scarf.
Besides this, you can also choose from various other kinds such as winter scarves and even silk ones. It depends on the look you are going for and what the weather outside is like.
All said and done
The best thing about scarves is that they go with just about any attire. Whether you are opting for a trench coat and hat, a bomber jacket and denim, a pair of jeans and a sweater, a blazer and plain tee, a denim button-down and blazer or even a jacket, jeans and a tee, you can find the perfect scarf that blends well with your ensemble. Oh! And don’t be afraid to make mistakes, trial and error is all part of the process.