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MENSWEAR TIPS: A Guide to Men’s Scarves

It’s winter and it’s cold, you definitely need a scarf – but how to wear one and stay on trend? Here are a few notes from our editors.

The scarf is a versatile garment, worn throughout the ages by men in the military (like many fashionable garments for men). But, sometimes it can be difficult to pull off if you don’t know how to tie it or wear it. Image above Aleksandar by Igor Cvoro for Male Model Scene


Why Should You Wear a Scarf?

There are lots of reasons why you might wear a scarf, for both function and flair. Obviously, a big thick scarf keeps you warm and a thin one protects your face from the sun. However, on the other side of the coin, scarves can add an element of style to any outfit. Image above photographed by Serge de Montand and styled by Nicoleta Iliescu


Scarf Types

There are lots of different types of scarves that you can buy – from square scarves and skinny scarves to snoods and more. The material of the scarf will effect what you use it for, as will the width and length of it. Width should be from 6-14 inches, and the length from 50 to 90 inches, depending on your height.
How to Wear a Scarf

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The number of ways to tie a scarf is practically limitless. Keep it simple if you’re a newbie to wearing a scarf as a fashion accessory, and make sure that you feel comfortable wearing it that way. Remember that the scarf’s length and thickness will limit your knot options. Image above Peter by Doris Doppler for Male Model Scene

The Winter Scarf

Chunky scarves in thicker knits can be wrapped multiple times around your neck to keep you warm and create a style statement at the same time. They are available in a variety of colours

The Square Scarf

The square scarf or desert scarves can simple be tied around your neck at the back. This is the perfect rock star look.


The Silk Scarf

The silk scarf, like these ones from Knightsbridge Neckwear, is often reserved for the elegant dinner. The silk scarf can be worn in many ways, including simply draped over the neck for an elegant look worn with a suit coat, or for a relaxed, yet dandy feel, tie it in an ascot knot under your shirt. Tie it relatively loosely.

There are a variety of different ways that you can tie your scarf too, which may seem complicated at first, but as you practice it will get easier. You can also experiment and invent your own way to tie your scarf, or pick one that you love and make it the trademark of your personal style. Image above Skye Tan for Male Model Scene

Nelson Powell & Beau Lyons by Robert Binda for Male Model Scene

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