F/W Scarves & Knots, Part I

February 17th, 2011

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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

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  • Joey

    art of manliness brought me here

  • KCarey

    ^^ Loved this. I reference over to it at my blog [or I will Monday morning] on a piece about just this… Men’s Scarves. Going to start following your blog, as I love seeing well dressed men promoted.

  • Abi

    Nic done.. I need to know how to use arabic type scarf wit cvrng the face too.. Not religious., fashnable..

  • Ekine Esther

    I need to know how to tie a burgundy scart on the neck when wearing a suit for female and not for the weather

  • fredrick

    “wrap it, toss it, forget about it”. i love that statement it just stands out to me.

  • Anne

    This is a perfect thing to teach our husband how to tie his scarf in different ways :)

    I love your styles. Keep it coming :)

    Anne Oozman
    My Scarf Collection Website | Laos Scarves

  • Anthony

    Great post and just in time! I didn’t realize you can “tie” your scarf and achieve different looks. Very sweet photography by the way!

  • Bijan M.

    Great post! next up should be a post on belts for the spring!

    Bijan Mekoba

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx. That likely won’t be the Next post, but something similar coming in the spring. Best, Dan.

  • Christian

    Loved this post, again.


  • Nathan

    Another really nifty way to present a scarf is very similar to how you do the ‘Loop Pull’ style. Set it up exactly the same. However, instead of pulling both ends through the loop, here’s what you do. Take the loop in one hand, with your fingers placed in the middle of the loop, stretching it out so that its open and as parallel to the ground as possible. From there, take the lowest-sitting end and put it through the loop like this: take the end and weave it under the first side of the loop and over the second side. Next, you’ll take the higher end and weave it *over* the first side of the loop and *under* on the second side.

    This creates an excellent braided look that gives the illusion you’re wearing more than one scarf. The best thing about it is that, while similar to the ‘Loop Pull’, it’s easy but lays a little flatter on the body for those who don’t love a bunch of bulkiness around their necks. I definitely recommend trying it out!

    • Erick

      i really wanna try this, but i’m not that i’m doing it right. do you mind making a how-to video or showing the finished product?

      • Nathan

        No problem, Erick!

        I made a post on my blog with a picture, step-by-step tutorial. I hope this helps. Just follow the link below =)


  • Erick

    awesome post! i’m always wondering of the different ways i could possibly where my scarves.

    and awesome pics man.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx Erick

  • dre

    new photographer is legit. i see some hdr action. good looks dan

    • Alex Crawford


      Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your comment. I actually didn’t use HDR though, just adjusted the curves on the highlights and lowlights.


  • Knucklehead

    Am I the only one who appreciates the humor of having pig faces on a traditional arab keffiyeh?

  • Anonymous

    dont get me wrong i love your style but my favorite things about this blog are:
    1. your writing style and 2. watching this grow into a business and seeing someone do what they truly enjoy. God bless (and please keep it coming)

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha – I guess all those Columbia classes are paying off after all

      I have to admit, my favorite compliments are those that reference my writing – because that, to me, is the “hardest” (or most time consuming) part of running the site – I guess the styling comes a little more naturally to me then the article writing.


  • Anonymous

    You are a living style icon if such a thing exists. fantastic as usual

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks for the compliment!


  • young

    Great article, I just wish it was posted about a month ago…

    I appreciate the “warmth factor” included with each style. Sometimes comfort sacrifices have to be made to look good.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks for reading and commenting, although I’m not sure I agree – I think part of a stylish look is weather-appropriateness and comfort. Some of my favorite F/W looks are warm, practical and comfortable ones.


  • alex

    This is an awesome blog. Great post

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks Alex.


  • Anonymous

    love this post! the photos are the amazing and the styling PERFECTION!!!


    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thank you Lucio.

      All the best,
      Dan (and Alex)

  • Lyricist

    Oh man, Dan, what a bam..you have done it again and I am certain the swagger cant be contained.
    Cannot get enough of your style bro…awesome

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hahaha. Thanks for reading.

  • Tande

    Ah, I was waiting for this. Great post! My favorite is definitely nr. 3, though the first one was pretty cool, I’ll have to try something similar.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB


  • ddd

    whats your height and weight?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      6’1″ 185-190 lbs

  • http://MensStylePro.com Sabir P.


    I had to comment because I am so happy that you went with an Armstrong & Wilson pocket square in the 1st look. As you know I am a big fan of the brand and Ontario and Clifton are great guys.



    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hey Sabir. Agreed, Ontario is a great guy (never met Clifton) and the squares are awesome.

      Check out their website for unique, well-styled pocket squares:



  • Anonymous

    That’s crazy, I just searched the website for a post on scarves yesterday, come back today and it’s done. Great timing. Looking foward to parts II & III. For the loop pull, do you reccommend tucking the end with the tassels or whatever it may be into your jacket, or leaving it out as in the picture?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      It depends on the scarf, the jacket and the weather I guess. Take a look at it each way, and more than likely one will appeal more to you.

      Thx for reading.


  • Joey Dee

    You have done it again! I have been wanting to know how to tie an asvot for some time now, but always thought it too pretentious. Will try it though, at home, ha! Chunky ribbed photo no. 1 is the best on this post, so much depth. Thanks for the how tos

  • choosum

    the photos in this post are really awesome, especially the chunky ribbed loop+pull first shot

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Agreed. Alex has got some skills. Thanks for reading.