A Man’s Guide To Wearing Scarves

Wearing scarves used to be considered a very manly habit. They have been a staple of military gear for thousands of years. Soldiers from the Terracotta soldiers of ancient China to the brave GIs fighting in WWII were issued scarves as part of their fighting kit. You used to see most Hollywood stars sporting them as well. Unfortunately, most men today think scarves are just for ladies.

It is time to recapture the essential manliness of wearing a scarf. If you are looking for an easy way to update your look, try adding scarves to your outfits. Here is a guide to men on the best ways to wear scarves in the 21st century.

Reasons to Wear a Scarf

Before you tie a scarf around your neck, you may wonder why you should. There are two main reasons a man should wear a scarf. The first is the same reason that the scarf has been a staple of men’s wardrobes for thousands of years. It is a highly functional piece of clothing. A thick scarf made from wool will keep you warm on a frigid winter’s morning. A thin scarf made from linen will keep the sun from beating on your neck on a blistering summer’s afternoon. Wearing the right type of scarf can offer protection in any weather conditions.

The other reason that you should wear a scarf is for improved aesthetics. Wearing a scarf is a great way to add style to your wardrobe. A scarf is a wonderful piece of flair that adds fun to any outfit. If you work in a job with a strict dress code, you can always top your clothing off with a scarf to show off your unique sense of style.

Getting the Right Scarf Build

If wearing a scarf sounds intriguing to you, the first thing you need to know is the size and build of scarf to look for. Scarf width runs from six to 14 inches generally. You want something in the middle width size unless you are looking for a bulky winter scarf. Scarf length will run in the neighborhood of 50 to 90 inches. You want a scarf around 60 inches long if you are average in height. If you are really tall, then you should go for a scarf length of around 70 inches.

Picking out the material of your scarf is a lot of fun. There are so many different types of materials that scarves are made from, including wool, angora, cashmere, cotton, silk, linen and synthetic materials. Silk and linen are ideal materials for summer scarves. Wool and cashmere are preferred for winter scarves.

A note of caution needs to be sounded for men who are shopping for scarves. You need to avoid any scarves that look overly feminine. If it has loads of sequins, excessive fringes, comes with a scarf pin or has an animal print on it, it is designed for a lady and should be avoided.

Tying a Scarf

It is fun shopping for scarves, but it can be frustrating to tie a scarf for men who have never worn one before. The good news is that tying a scarf should be kept simple. It is not a necktie. You do not have to knot it with any fancy knots, and you want to keep your scarf loose.

The simplest way to wear a scarf is to simply drape it around your neck with one end hanging forward off of each shoulder. You can then flip the ends across each other and over your back if you want to bundle the scarf around your neck for added warmth.

Another way to wear a scarf is called the ascot. It sounds fancy, but you use only half the knowledge you acquired when you learned how to tie your shoes. You basically treat the scarf like a giant pair of shoelaces. Using the classic up-and under-motion you use to tie your shoes is all you need to do to make an ascot knot.

Those are the two simple and easy stylish ways to wear a scarf. You can play around and try other ways if you want to get fancier. Try wearing a scarf often to see how it will upgrade your look. You will enjoy the added compliments you get when you wear scarves on a regular basis.


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