Scarves have been part of men’s wardrobes for thousands of years. They help to keep you warm in the winter and add a bit of extra style to any ensemble. They are practical, fashionable, and affordable.
So why are so many men afraid to wear them? If you have ever been intimidated by the thought of pairing a scarf with your favorite collared shirt, don’t be. The combination is a great way to stay toasty and stylish.
The History of Scarves Is a Long One
Did you know that the history of the scarf is almost as old as the pyramids? Men and women both have been wearing scarves for thousands of years. They have worn them for a variety of different reasons and in a variety of styles. For example:
● Chinese warriors under Emporer Cheng in the 200s B.C.E. wore different scarves to denote rank in the military.
● Ancient Egyptians wore scarves to guard themselves against windblown sand.
● Roman soldiers wore scarves wrapped around their bodies and heads to keep sweat out of their eyes and away from the porous, leather parts of their armor.
● Knitting of scarves during the World Wars was seen as a patriotic duty of the women back home. They would send them to “the boys” on the front line.
Scarves Are a Quick and Easy Way to Add Warmth and Style to Your Outfit
Scarves come in a variety of colors, styles, and fabrics. They can also come in a variety of shapes. Scarves are very versatile pieces of cloth that can add an inexpensive splash of color and style to your everyday wear. A scarf can be added to any outfit, from the most casual to the very stylish. Since scarves come in a variety of both colors and fabrics, you can match a scarf to nearly any outfit in your closet.
Try a Scarf With a Collared Shirt
If you are wearing a tie and your shirt is buttoned all the way up to the neck, tying a warming scarf around your neck is quite simple. Just use the European Loop. First, take a scarf that is long but not very wide. Fold the scarf in half. Place the middle of the folded scarf on the back of your neck. Grabbing the looped end, open it up and insert the other end. Pull it tight against your neck for a quick and easy style.
If your collared shirt is open and you are not wearing a tie, you may want to change up your loop a little. There are a million different loops you can use for tying a scarf with a casual open collar, but wearing the scarf tucked under the open collar is a great way to add some color to your outfit.
All you have to do is take a very thin scarf and lay it over your neck, then roll the collar down over the scarf. You can then leave it untied (that’s called Drape), or you can use your favorite loop to keep the scarf in place.
Another great knot for this style is the Fake knot. Just tie a loose knot on one side of the scarf and then tuck the other end into the knot.
What Other Scarf Knots Look Great With a Collared Shirt?
There are a ton of great knots to learn how to tie with a variety of different types of scarves and for a variety of looks. The Ascot is a great knot to learn to add a fashion scarf to your everyday outfits. It is more of a stylish knot that a useful one, so it probably won’t keep your neck as warm. However, it looks fantastic, so don’t be afraid to try it.
Tie the Ascot knot with a simple over and under knot, as if you are taking the first step to tying up your shoes. Once the knot is tied, pull one end in front of the other to give the scarf a fashionable look.
The Wrap is a simple easy-to-master look for almost any length, size, and fabric of scarf. Simply drape the scarf around your neck with one end shorter than the other. Take the long end and wrap it once around your neck, wrapping it as tight or as loose as you wish. If your scarf is long enough, you can also wrap it twice. Twice the warmth.
The Criss Cross is another great stylish look for when the weather is cool; this is simple and works well with nearly any kind of scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck, then put your winter coat on top of it. Cross one end of the scarf over the other. Then, when you button up your coat, tuck the crossed ends to the opposite sides. The pressure of your coat will keep the scarf in place. Also, this will keep your scarf from looking bulky.
There Is a Scarf Style for Everyone and for Every Outfit
Be bold and add a scarf to your outfit. A good scarf can add warmth and wind protection while also adding a stylish splash of color. Whether you are wearing a formal shirt and tie or dressed down with an open collar, you can pair a scarf with any type of collared shirt. Don’t be scared to try it out; it might be just the thing your outfit needs to go from plain to amazing.