F/W Scarves & Knots, Part I Look 1

April 2nd, 2012

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    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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