DON'T TIE THE SCARF AT ALL, JUST DRAPE IT AND BE CREATIVE IN THE GAME OF ACCESSORIES.
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Whether you’re getting it in the neck from an icy Arctic breeze, or just really dig the art student look, every man needs a scarf or two in the locker. It’s not just about mobile central heating. Getting creative with your accessories game is one of the best ways to take a look from pedestrian to (north) pole position. During the colder months of the year, when most of our wardrobes are about as colourful as a lump of charcoal, scarves offer a way to introduce a brighter shade, a different texture or a contrasting pattern. Even the way a scarf is tied can open up a world of possibilities in terms of experimentation.
The Drape leans more towards style rather than function. You don't tie the scarf at all – but it’s a great way to add a dash of color to your drab overcoat and draw attention to your face. A scarf drape is best for when the weather is cool, but not cold.
As the name implies, just drape the scarf over your neck, equal lengths on each side, and don't tie it – you’re good to go. The scarf drape works best with a short to regular length scarf. To get the look, simply… do we really need to spell this one out for you?
Reverse Drape Tuck
Not too commonly seen, this scarf knot works best if you tie it with a longer scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck, making one end longer than the other.
Take the long end of the scarf and loop it once around your neck. Now take the same end and tuck it through the loop you just formed. Grab the other side of the scarf and tuck it through the loop as well to tie the knot. Adjust the scarf if necessary.
Allow us to introduce you to a few of the best scarf tying methods.
Reverse Scarf Drape
The reverse drape is an absolute classic – cosy, casual and ideal for wintery weekends about town. This knot is basically the drape’s more informal cousin and where the drape looks best layered under a jacket or overcoat, the reverse version should always be worn over the top.
“Best worn with casual or smart-casual wear– this knot covers high up the neck and almost on to the face,” explains stylist, Johnson. However, because it takes a little longer to tie [than the drape], you wouldn’t want to be using this knot during the week when you’re dashing to work. The style of the knot is much more relaxed anyway.”
Start off with a classic drape, making sure both ends of your scarf are of equal length. Next, toss one end back over its opposite shoulder and repeat with the other end so that both are hanging neatly down your back. Job’s a good’n.
Four in Hand
Another great way to tie a long scarf, this scarf knot protects the neck very well and is the perfect option when the weather is freezing cold. Because of the many folds, this scarf knot is also one of the most intricate looking ways to tie a scarf. Like the Parisian Knot, fold the scarf in half length and width wise, and then drape it over your neck.
Take one of the loose ends of the scarf and pull it through the loop formed by the folded end. Twist the loop, then pull the other end of the scarf through the loop to tie the knot. Continue to adjust the knot until the scarf is sitting neatly around your neck.
Reverse Drape Cross
Very similar to the Reverse Drape Tuck, this scarf knot works great when you tie it with a longer scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck and make one end longer than the other. Take the long end of the scarf and bring it up and around your neck. Now cross the long end of the scarf over the other end, then bring it up and through the opening you just formed to tie the knot. Pull on the ends of the scarf to tighten if needed, and you’re done.
This scarf knot is the best choice for freezing weather next to the Four in Hand, but it is much simpler to tie. Again, it will work best if you are using a longer scarf. Drape the scarf over your neck, making one end much longer than the other. Take the long end of the scarf and wrap it around your neck, then repeat again, bringing it around your neck a second time. This is another knot where you don't really tie the scarf.
Adjust the scarf if needed to completely cover your neck, and you are all set for whatever the winter weather has in store for you.
Parisian Scarf Knot
The Parisian knot, also known as the European knot, is one of the most popular, versatile and least complicated scarf knots around – perfect for adding a touch of that effortless, fuss-free French style to almost any winter outfit.
“This knot looks great with a single-breasted jacket or peacoat for smartening it up, says Thread stylist Luke McDonald. “However, it’s a bit too dressed up for more casual outfits like bombers or denim jackets generally. And never try it with vertical stripes.”
To achieve it, simply fold the scarf in half, drape it around the back of your neck, place the loose end through the loop created. Pair it with a Breton top, hop on your bicycle, throw a few fresh baguettes in the basket and you’re good to go.
With the Once Around, you still don't really tie the scarf, but it provides more warmth around the neck than the scarf drape, and so can be worn in colder weather. Start by draping the scarf around your neck, making one end longer than the other. Take the long end of the scarf and bring it around your neck and you’re done – no need to tie a knot. The ends of the scarf can either be equal length or uneven – it's really up to the wearer’s preference.
“This raffish style can be achieved with either a thin, lightweight scarf in cashmere or wool or a chunky, heavy scarf with elasticity and texture. This scarf tie is perfect for dressing down a buttoned-up blazer or topping off a more casual look.”
If your scarf tying knowledge pretty much maxes out at ‘wrap it around your neck’ then prepare to have your mind blown, because this, my friends, is where things get interesting.
“[The fake knot is] great for business wear, very sober and professional in its style, quick to tie and take off too,” says personal stylist Daniel Johnson. “Having the scarf draped down the front of the body, rather than the back, means it’s easier to keep control of or to adjust.”
Bear with us, as this one is a little more complex to pull off: place the scarf around your neck, just like with the drape, but leave one side slightly longer. Next, use the excess fabric on the longer side to tie a very loose knot. Finally, feed the other end of the scarf through the hole and adjust to your desired tightness.
If the fake knot is putting your head in a spin but the drape is a bit too relaxed for your liking, the over-hand might be more up your street. It’s a simple knot that works well with most scarf lengths and thicknesses, and will pair well with anything from a suit and overcoat, to joggers and a hoodie.
“Wear a colour that tones with your outer layer for elegance, or something contrasting if you want to make a style statement,” suggests stylist to the stars Phill Tarling. “For an added touch of the dapper, keep it securely in place with a cravat pin.”
This scarf knot is very simple to tie, looks clean and functional, and provides good protection to the neck in cool weather. Drape the scarf around your neck, making one end longer than the other. Take the long end of the scarf, cross it over the short end, then bring it under and through the opening near your neck to tie. After you tie the knot, pull on both ends of the scarf to tighten it until you are satisfied with the look. I think this scarf knot looks best when one end is slightly longer than the other.