It would be hard to find an accesory that adds a stronger style punch to an outfit than a scarf.
The right neck dressing can bring an outfit to the next level – turning a good look into a great look.
To quote a humorous friend of mine “there are two types of guys: those who wear scarves, and those who don’t – the former generally have a better quality of life”.
Here, four different scarf styles and four different ways to wear them.
1. Fair Isle Knit + Ascot Knot
As I’ve written before, the beauty of a winter weight suit, like this corduroy one, is that I rarely need an overcoat on top of it. With an oxford cloth shirt layered under a knit (cardigan, v-neck, turtleneck, henley, etc) there is no need for an extra bulky layer.
When it gets windy, though, the scarf is a very important insulating factor. This knot, one of my favorites with a suit, is one of the warmest as it keeps the neck and chest completely protected from the elements.
How to tie it: wrap it all the way around your neck one time so that one end is hanging around your chest and the other end is hanging lower, around your waist. Take the longer end, cross it over the shorter end, flip it behind & over and pull tight (like the first step in tying your shoes…or like you would tie an ascot). Now simply arrange the longer front end so that it lays flat and looks clean from front view (the shorter end hides behind it). Notice how the fringe of the longer end can peek out from under the suit jacket, depending on the length of the scarf.
Works best with: long rectangular scarves with fringed ends
Warmth Factor: very high
- Plaid linen pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson
- Tan corduroy suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Fair isle knit scarf by Ralph Lauren Polo
- Brown leather wingtips by Gucci
- Brown woven leather gloves by Hilts & Willard