For the modern man, the scarf is not just a utilitarian winter accessory, it is a fashion necessity that combines fashion and function. Shifting sartorial standards have transformed it into a trans-seasonal staple. In menswear the trend of layering is here to stay and a scarf is just the modern-day style signature to complete an outfit. However, the scarf, even for the fashion forward, can appear to be a Gordian knot. Fariba Soltani highlights seven ways to wear, wrap, drape, and tie a scarf.
Accessorising is the secret to perfecting one’s own style, individuality is in each detail, and a simple drape is the sartorial staple for all. It’s simple; wrap the scarf around the back of your neck, both ends fall uniformly in front. In a world that has abandoned the tie, a simple drape adds a touch of laid-back elegance.
More elegant than its name suggests, you begin by wrapping your scarf around the back of your neck with the ends falling unevenly in front. Then you just take the long end and loop it around your neck (as tightly as you would prefer) once.
The Overhand is a signature favourite of the button-down wearing debonair but can just as easily be worn with the timeless prep look. You wrap the scarf around the back of your neck however the ends should fall asymmetrically in front. Afterward, you take the long end over the small end and up into the loop from below. You can adjust the tightness of the Overhand to fit your aesthetic.
The Parisian knot is a popular style, if not the most popular, worn by the likes of David Beckham and Tom Ford. You double back your scarf, folding it in half and placing it over your shoulders. Then you string the ends through the loop. Finally, you can alter the tightness by pulling the ends. This knot realises the scarf’s utilitarian goal while adding a stylish layer to your outfit.
Reverse Drape Tuck
The Reverse Drape & Tuck is the more complex sibling of the drape, it is sartorially elegant and offers more warmth than its simpler alternative. You drape the scarf around your neck with ends hanging unevenly in front just like the “Overhand.” The long end is draped around your neck and then threaded through the u-bend. Lastly, follow through with the short end and thread it through the u-bend.
True to its name, you begin by wrapping the scarf around the back of your neck, one end longer than the other before twice wrapping it around your neck. Then, excuse the pun, it’s a wrap!
It does just as its name suggests, this look adds a tough of elegance and is an indispensable wrap. You wrap your scarf around your neck but the ends hang behind rather than in front.