Thursday, April 4, 2013

Summer Scarf - How and Why to Wear One

Depending on where you live, a scarf in the summertime can either be a good or a bad idea. Obviously your winter scarves made out of wool and other dense materials should be kept in your closet, but a few light and airy foulards can bring an equipped and effortless look for your summer clothing arrangements.

Scarves have been a staple in men’s wardrobes for over 2000 years, with the world’s militaries using them as rank insignia and unit designators.  From the Terracotta Warriors of China to modern-day desert military units, we see scarves used because they provide value in inclement weather.

A structured, elegant scarf, whether it is checkered, plaid, or solid, completes the well-dressed manly man. He'll stand out, but in a good way. Scarves for men aren't novelties, because a well-styled scarf adds an extra warming layer, can be worn a million ways, and, most importantly, spruces up the wearer with a blast of texture and color.

Wearing a scarf isn’t difficult so don’t be afraid to introduce a lighter scarf into your spring/summer outfits as well. They can be the perfect finishing touch and there are many examples suitable for warmer weather, including silk and lightweight cotton versions.

Back in the day, the only proper way for a gentleman to wear a scarf would be to sadly drape it around his neck, barely visible beneath the buttoned-up coat. Thankfully those days are long gone. We are witnessing a major fashion revolution where men are knotting, wrapping, twisting and looping their scarves.

There are many ways and variations of wearing scarves, but it should all depend on your comfort level and creativity. Here are some of the basic ways to wear a scarf.

1.If you’re working with an ultra-thin fabric or a bandanna, why not roll it into a neckerchief and tie it in the front, Hemingway style.

2.The longer the scarf, the easier to throw it over your shoulder in this basic loop. 

3.Unlike chunky winter-wool counterparts, summer-weight scarves can wrap multiple times around your neck, without swallowing your head in the process.

 4.To add even more personality or a stylish accent, you can layer up two scarves. Keep in mind that there should be a subtle contrast in color or pattern, as this allows the complementary fabrics to stand out.

Although tying your scarf step by step may seem complicated initially, it will soon become second nature with practice. Your scarf can be used to reinforce the look you are going for (smarter knots for a more formal outfit and vice versa) or you could pick your favorite one and make it a trademark of your personal style. 

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