How to Wear Scarf for Men

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The humble scarf may have started as a utilitarian garment worn for the sake of staying warm, but over time, the scarf has come to be considered a stylish accessory as well. When it comes to making a fashion statement, the wearing of a men's scarf is a choice that has a wide margin for both success and error. Choices of color, weave, style, fabric, and even tying will all affect the success of adding this item into your wardrobe.

  • Wear scarves in the winter. As a fashion choice, men's winter scarves, ranging from thin and fleecey to thick and woolly, are rarely disputed. Men's summer scarves in light, floaty fabrics are a far more controversial choice and are often considered either a fashion faux paus or a bold act of trendsetting. Try the summer scarf only if you enjoy being daring with your fashion choices and are willing to weather a little criticism.

  • Choose colors and styles according to men's fashion traditions. Avoid scarves that are considered "women's fashion" by staying away from brighter, lighter colors (pinks, purples, yellows, oranges, true white) as well as lacy weaves, fluffier yarns, and accessories (like pom-poms). Look for scarves in more earthy or blue/grey colors, black, or off-white with tighter, flatter weaves. Seek solid colors or patterns that resemble those found in other men's fashion, such as plaid, checked, striped and argyle.

  • Use scarves to highlight your upper body. A scarf around the neck emphasizes your neck and shoulders, especially if you use a thinner scarf. To be successful with this, leave your scarf tails long and don't bunch the fabric around your neck--just use one loop, like a turtleneck.

  • Wrap your scarf instead of tying it, in general. Tying your scarf in a knot can wrinkle and damage it, but it also creates less warm cover and doesn't look as attractive. Lay your scarf around your neck evenly (both tails the same length). For greater warmth, wrap the scarf from front to back (the loop around the front of your neck), then wrap the tails around to the front. Create an interesting, asymmetrical look by leaving one tail in front, and one in the back. If you do tie your scarf, create only one knot and leave it loose (this look is appropriate with very wide scarves).

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