The heat of late summer is long gone and in its place, the crisp chill of fall has never felt better. While the temperatures outside continue to plummet in most of the country, the importance of a well-layered wardrobe can’t be underestimated. One of the easiest ways to get there is to add a scarf to even your most basic outfits. Here, 5 styles we think every man should know and own. (For tips on how to style each scarf just right, see our glossary of tying terminology below!)
1. The Chunky Knit Scarf
What more could you ask for? The big, chunky scarf is thick, warm and stylish. In short, this scarf has got what it takes to boost even the most basic long sleeved Henley up to the next level. Cable knit or ribbed — the longer,
How to wear it: Throw Over, Single Wrap Around, Tie Around or False Knot
2. The Tartan Scarf
This Scottish pattern will keep your casual looks classic and interesting, not to mention give you a little extra warmth on those brisk nights. Once crafted only of the finest wool, tartan scarves can now be found in a range of luxe fabrics from the finest cottons to the most coveted cashmeres. Tie on any of these John Ashford plaids and you’ll be warm and most definitely dapper. Standard length is around 65 inches.
How to wear it: Throw Over, Single Wrap Around or Tie Around
3. The Infinity Scarf
True to its name, an infinity scarf has no beginning and no end. Perfect for us gents who’d prefer to worry less about our scarves and more about our business. With no loose ends to tie up, it stays where it’s put, literally. Just slip it on over your head before heading out the door — instant hip.
How to wear it: No styling required!
4. The Lightweight Scarf
No two days of Winter are created equal. That being said, you’d best be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. When temperatures are far from frigid, toss on this Denim & Supply chambray scarf by Ralph Lauren to mix in some style without being too stuffy. Like your favorite pair of jeans, it goes with everything.
How to wear it: Drape, Throw Over, Simple Knot or Parisian Knot
5. The Multi Stripe Scarf
Just because the sky may be turning gray doesn’t mean you wardrobe should. This Hugo Boss multi-stripe scarf will keep you warm and add a punch of much-needed color to any outfit. The biggest benefit: The small stripe gives you a touch of bold color without being brazen. Dandy and debonair, the striped scarf is a must for any special occasion.
How to wear it: Single Wrap Around, Loop & Tie, Simple Knot or Parisian Knot
- Drape Simply grab both ends of the scarf (one end per hand) and toss around your neck. Lay on top or slightly tucked under the notch of your jacket or sports coat lapel if it gets fussy and won’t stay in place.
- Throw Over Place scarf around your neck with both ends in front, then toss one end over your shoulder and give it some swag across the chest.
- Single Wrap Around Similar to the ‘throw over.’ Instead of leaving one end over the back, wrap it once around the neck to bring both ends to the front. Adjust the scarf so both ends fall to approximately the same length.
- Double Wrap Around Continuation of the ‘single wrap,’ just done twice. Again, adjust the twice-wrapped finished look so the ends match up.
- Tie Around Make one end shorter by pulling the other end towards your feet. Loop the short end of the scarf with a single wrap around then repeat with the long end. Take the free long end across the front of your chest and tuck underneath the short end. The short end will face front, the long, to the back.
- Simple Knot Toss scarf around your neck with both ends to the front. Cross the left end over the right then bring the left end up the back and through the loop as if tying a neck tie. Tighten the knot as needed.
- Parisian Knot Fold scarf in half, lengthwise then wrap around your neck, bringing the looped end and both free ends to the front. Pass both free ends through the loop and pull to tighten.
- Loop & Tie Combination of the ‘single wrap’ and ‘simple knot’ techniques. Loop around the neck with a single wrap around, then tie in the front. Be sure the end being tied is longer so the lengths are about equal in the finished look.