Overall, scarves are not a recent trend in the male wardrobe. In fact, men in Ancient Rome wore linen scarves around their necks in order to elegantly dab sweat off of their faces. They were also worn in Ancient China to mark the rank of the warriors of the Chinese Emperor Cheng. Later, the French evolved these scarves into fashionable and colorful items made of silk, and called them cravats. So if you’re hesitant to purchase yourself one, don’t be. Men all over the world have been wearing them for thousands of years! I would recommend adding at least two staple scarves to your wardrobe: one in a bright pattern; and one in a solid neutral such as brown, navy blue, gray, or olive green.
The two most classic patterns for men that will be quite versatile within your wardrobe are stripes and plaids. For a timeless appearance, you can look for the Burberry plaid (tan base with a red, white and black plaid pattern). This is the most popular scarf style for men in London. If you want to inject a little more interest into your wardrobe, look for a brighter plaid, such as a yellow base with a blue plaid pattern. Bright, interesting scarves like this also make great presents for men,as do ones in luxurious fabrics such as cashmere.
Now that you’ve selected your scarf, what is the best way to tie it? The three best ways for men are:
- The European Knot – Hold your scarf out in front of you, and double it over lengthwise. Drape this around the back of your neck. In front of you, you’ll have one loose end, and one end that looks like a loop. Pull the loose end through the loop from the top. It will create a loose knot around your neck. Because the scarf is doubled over, this will create a nice full look. It also is good for warmth. This is a good look to wear with a pea coat or military style coat. It also looks great with a v-neck sweater.
- Loose Double Loop – This is the best way to wear a long scarf. Simply drape the it around your neck twice to create a loose double loop around you. Don’t pull this one too tight. It should look loose and relaxed. This style goes best with a ring neck sweater and a pageboy cap or knit hat. It is a good style for outdoor events and casual occasions.
- The Fake Knot – Hold the scarf out of front of you and create a half knot (the basic knot you use when you start to tie your shoes) near one end. Drape it around the back of your neck. Tuck the loose end of the scarf through the middle of the knot from the top. You can then tighten or loosen this, as you would a tie knot. If you complete this with a wool scarf, you will have a fairly large knot near your face, so this is a great look to use if you would like to call attention to a great new pair of sunglasses or hat that you are wearing. It also looks nice with any collared shirt or jacket, as the knot can be tightened to lie above the collar.