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The Punctuation of the Scarf

A scarf provides a man an excellent opportunity for an ostentatious display of fabric. Recent trends in scarf wear have seen bolder styles and greater amounts of fabric. From Lenny Kravitz to the many styles at Pitti Uomo, what can be done with the scarf in men’s wear has entered a new domain. We will look at basic fabrics and styles to get every man of fashion started.

 

Plaid

Plaid

Plaid

The plaid scarf is a good foundation design. It is dynamic enough to avoid a thoughtless edition yet it is not so luxurious that one feels uncomfortable. Plaid scarves can be worn either formally or casually and go with every style of clothing.

Silk

Silk

Silk

The silk scarf is more expensive than other varieties but it makes a bolder more refined statement. Silk tends to give off a shine in sunlight and this can be enhanced or muted depending on the color of scarf. A silk scarf is always a mark of sophistication and is an excellent compliment to any wardrobe.

Knit

Knit

Knit

During the winter months both plaid and silk are inadequate to cut down wind chill.  A scarf can serve both an aesthetic and utilitarian purpose. Knit fabrics are denser than their silk counterparts and provide better protection from the elements. Design wise they can be just as stylish and go well with casual wear.

Wool

Wool




Wool

Wool scarves best serve business dress. These scarves come in a variety of color and design with traditional wool scarves favoring more somber hues.

Wearing the Scarf—3 Styles

To get the best use out the scarf it is preferred to buy lengths around 70 inches. This gives the wearer the freedom to wrap the scarf multiple times around the neck and this opens up a variety of looks. A scarf is simply a narrow strip of drapery, and it is the drape that provides the most dynamic line to any outfit.

Neck Drape

Neck Drape

Neck Drape

The scarf is draped around the back of the neck and lies vertically down the torso along the right and left sides. This creates a smooth finished appearance and further accentuates a tie if one is worn.

Parsian Knot

Parsian Knot

Parisian Knot

The scarf is folded in half, wrapped behind the neck and the two ends of the scarf now lying together are brought through the loop made at the halfway point. If there is not enough fabric then the ends of the scarf barely reach past the loop and the knot may not hold. Longer ends also aid the presentation. It is a very simple yet stylish way to wear a scarf and in this is utterly French.

Once-Around

Once-Around

Once-Around

The scarf is wrapped once around the neck with both ends laid in front of the torso. This creates a wonderful dynamic between tension and ease. The wrap has the appearance of restriction and yet the ends hang freely in a wonderful display.

Michael Snell

Loving father and husband