The added warmth and protection against the elements are only two of the reasons men should consider investing in a scarf before the winter approaches. However, men can sometimes end up clueless when they’re greeted with a rectangular piece of woven fabric. Yes it’s a scarf, but how does it become one of those fashionable items worn around the neck? There are several ways to tie a scarf and some provide better protection against the cold than others, but here are the best all-rounders for both aesthetics and warmth:
The Classic Knot
As the name implies, the classic knot is the default option for men who want to keep themselves warm in the cold while still retaining a sense of elegance and charm. It involves folding the scarf in half before wrapping it around a man’s neck, then gently feeding the loose ends through the loop in the middle of the fold. The classic knot is suitable for all conditions and attire, but is usually most suitable for dressing up a casual outfit rather than being the sole choice for a truly formal appearance.
The College Knot
The college knot is usually worn in a more formal setting where a man wants to showcase his suit and general attire. It will involve sacrificing some protection against colder conditions as it is not truly a “knot”, but instead is wrapped loosely around the torso and tucked away under the lapels of a jacket. It is usually best when a man is going to be indoors more often than not, but will allow some basic transitions in the cold for very short bursts.
The Ascot Knot
One of the most well-used knots is the ascot knot as it is a dressier knot that allows men to transition between their workday at the office and the late-night Christmas party. To tie it, men wrap the scarf around their neck and create an even taper across their upper chest. Following this, the front section is lightly tucked underneath the back and adjusted according to the scarf’s overall length. The overall length of the scarf should remain even on both sides. The end result will be a clean, flush piece across the center of the body. It’s usually worn loose over a formal three-piece suit, but can be tucked behind a blazer or V-neck sweater if required.