For most men, scarves are accessories only associated with warding off the coldest of wintry winds — not an added style spruce-up.
To be truthful, scarves are often considered a somewhat unnecessary accessory. Au contraire. What most men forget is that while scarves are certainly a convenient article of clothing worn in the winter, they are an instantly easy way to add some stylish touches to any outfit. Style score!
Want to step into your scarf-wearing game? You’re in luck! We’ve built a fool-proof, how-to guide for men to style and tie scarves. Below are some simple ways to incorporate scarves into your wardrobe.
First, let’s talk about what kind of scarves men should be buying. Solid, neutral colors are perfect for men on the go and who want to add something distinctive to their outfit on any occasion. But for men who prefer a scarf with a little more jazz, look for scarves with a classically cool pattern like plaid or colored stripes.
The Traditional Way
Is your go-to style mantra a classically simple and sophisticated look? Then we suggest learning to tie your scarf the traditional way. This means simply draping the scarf around your neck, leaving the two ends hanging loosely on both ends. Wearing a scarf in this traditional (and ultra debonair) style is an easy way for men to spruce up their outfit and make a fashion statement.
The Classic Flip
This next style screams sophistication! To master the classic flip, cross the long end of the scarf over your neck and shoulder, then bringing it around to your back. Typically, the style is worn with your scarf on the outside of your coat or sweater. This style is easy, cool and brings a bit of spiffiness to each outfit. Give this look a try with a plaid scarf, dark wash denim and a peacoat for a night out.
The Once-Around Knot
The once-around knot style is perfect for men who are brave enough to wear scarves in warmer weather (although this style pairs perfectly with snow, slush and ice as well). Paired with a light jacket and t-shirt, a scarf tied around your neck is an unexpected way to accent your style. To attain this look, simply wrap the scarf around your neck, leaving the two ends dangling in front.
The Twice-Around Knot
Unlike the once around knot, the twice around knot style is for those chillier winter days. Tying the scarf twice around your neck will keep your neck warm during the coldest of elements and add a sleek touch to your outfit. Cashmere or wool scarfs are perfect for this style, but take note — long scarves work best for this technique.
The Parisian Knot
To achieve a look of sophistication and style while still staying warm, try tying your scarf into a Parisian Knot. Fold the scarf in half so that you are holding both frayed ends in your right hand, and the creased end in your left. Then drape the scarf over the back of your neck and pull the two frayed ends through the hole created by the fold on the left side.
The Ascot Knot
Tying an ascot knot is the trickiest and most stylish way to wear a tie. However, this scarf offers versatility for a number of occasions and will give your outfit unparalleled style when worn with an overcoat. Now for the instructions: Take the scarf and lay it over 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. Adjust the front to be a bit smooth and tighten closer to the neck as desired. Check out the video above from Real Men Style to learn how to tie the Ascot Knot like a pro!
See, scarves aren’t so style-daunting after all, right? We believe that every winter wardrobe needs a stylish scarf or two and an array of Lee Modern Series jeans. A classy printed scarf paired with denim is the perfect style solution to keep you looking fashionable while staying warm.
So, tell us! Are you planning to step into the scarf-styling game this winter? Share your thoughts in the comments below!