Dapper + Gent: How to Tie A Scarf

With the weather turning cold, leaves falling, wearing our sweater while sipping our tea as fall/winter season approaches, we turn our attention to one of the most versatile stylish pieces of clothing in a man’s wardrobe;the scarf. The wearing of scarves by men was  have been a staple in men’s wardrobes for over 2000 years, with the world’s militaries using them as rank insignia and unit designators.  From the Terracotta Warriors of China to modern-day desert military units, we see scarves used because they provide value in inclement weather.

I’ve grown to like wearing scarves besides the practical benefit of keeping warm, scarves are great because they are an easy way to add style and personality and take your outfit to another dimension. A thick wool scarf can keep your neck warm on cold morning commute to the office or while riding you’re Harley Davidson. Function before fashion – a lightweight linen scarf are great as they can protect your neck from the sun. You can easily create different looks just by mixing and matching different scarves and many ways to tie it to add a touch of messiness or casualness to an outfit.

The general rules for tying a scarf is to keep it simple, only tie knots that you are comfortable wearing as in accessories confidence is everything. Also keep in mind, scarf length and thickness can limit knot style options,make sure you keep the scarf loose and function first, fashion second. Here are 9 different ways you can wear a scarf courtesy of fashionbeans.com:

1. The Ascot Knot  (or Loose Tie)

  • Let the scarf fall on the back of your neck with equal length on both sides.
  • Take one end of the scarf (a) and cross over the other side (b).
  • Take the same end (a) and bring it up through the gap created.
  • Pull through (a) and adjust until you’re satisfied.

2. The Twice Around Ascot

  • Wrap one end of the scarf (a) around your neck once and back to the starting position shown in step one above.
  • Take the same end (a), and create a knot in exactly the same way as The Ascot Knot (tie number 1) above.

3. The Parisian Knot

  • Fold the scarf exactly in half and place the folded scarf around the back of your neck with the loop created on one side of the shoulder.
  • Pull the scarf ends (a & b) through the loop created in step 1.
  • Pull the scarf ends down whilst pushing the loop upwards towards the neck to tighten. Adjust until comfortable.

4. The Fake Knot

  • Tie a knot with one end of the scarf (a) – it is personal preference as to how high you tie this initial knot.
  • Push the other end of the scarf through the knot that you made (b through a).
  • Tighten the knot until you’re satisfied with the look.

5. The Four In Hand Knot

*This style is quite complicated to illustrate. To make it easier, imagine tying your scarf as you would a regular neck tie.

  1. To start, drape the scarf over your neck with one end slightly longer (a) than the other (b). Place the shorter side (b) over the longer side (a).
  2. Bring the longer side (a) up and back across the shorter side (b).
  3. The longer side (a) then passes up and through the gap created (between your neck and scarf).
  4. Bring the longer side (a) back down through the knot and pull downwards softly to tighten.
  5. Adjust the scarf knot position by pulling the shorter side (b) until you’re satisfied.

6. The Tie Behind (Tie It At The Back)

Specifically for square scarves or desert scarves. This is quite a simple tie that you could use to tuck a lightweight silk scarf into your shirt (neckerchief effect) for a shot of individuality in your smart-casual outfits.

  1. Fold the scarf along its diagonal line.
  2. Make a simple knot behind your neck and adjust the front to suit.
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