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How to Choose and Style Men’s Scarves for Winter


Scarves have a rich, manly history of serving style, rank, and function roles among gentlemen, military officers, and everyday guys alike. Nowadays, men’s scarves are a must-have in any winter wardrobe. 

If ever you’re tempted to think scarves are for girly men, remember that:

  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture proudly displays the aviator’s scarf that Lt. Col. Woodrow W. Crockett used during World War II.
  • The War Museum of Canada explains how their aviators in allied forces used scarves for tactical reasons, keeping their heads and necks warm during extreme cold.

But how do you choose the right scarf and style it properly? Here are the top tips for choosing and styling men’s scarves this winter. We’ll start by looking at the materials that make a great scarf. 

How Do Materials Affect Scarves?

Scarves serve varying functions, and you can wear them in any season, including hot summers. It depends on the material. The right materials can help you pull off a fashionable look while also protecting your neck.

For example:

  1. Light, satin scarves are excellent for covering your neck from the scorching sun and wind storms in a desert.
  2. Wool scarves are well-suited for winter weather as they keep you warm and dry in cold temperatures. Bulkier scarves are best for frigid climates as they offer more insulation.
  3. Cotton is an all-season material as it breathes when temperatures rise and are still warm enough for winter.
  4. This Woodland cashmere scarf is extra soft, has excellent insulation properties, and has properties for keeping your neck warm without making you overheat. 
  5. Silk scarves are luxurious and stylish, perfect for making a fashion statement.
  6. Knitted scarves, often oversize, are highly breathable and lightweight, perfect for layering in cold temperatures.

Remember, the material made of your scarf affects its thickness and styling. For example, military shemaghs (traditional headscarves) aren’t as thick as winter scarves and can be styled more loosely for a casual look.

Allergies may be a factor too. If you have sensitive skin, choose hypoallergenic materials to avoid reactions. 

Recommended Colors and Patterns for Men’s Scarves

Let’s look at the colors and patterns you should consider when choosing men’s scarves. Formality during winter weather plays a role here.

For formal events, prefer classic colors like black, navy blue, and gray. They don’t disrupt the look of your suit and blend in easily with dressy looks. For example, this Baylor suit goes perfectly with long, knitted scarves tied in a Parisian knot. 

For those who wear bland suits or overcoats, a bright-colored scarf can splash some color contrast to your look. Draping this ribbed shawl cardigan with a short, white, or yellow woolen scarf will be impressionable for a plain-colored garment, for example. 

Patterned scarves are excellent for a modern look, from argyles, plaids, and checkers to herringbone. Striped scarves also make classic accents. 

Formality demands you don’t overdo it with colors. Choose one or two colors for your scarf and match or contrast them with the rest of your outfit. You can select any of the high-quality Family Britches scarves, spoilt by a generous choice of patterns and colors to accessorize your outfit. 

How to Wear Men’s Scarves During Winter

Warmth is the main goal with winter scarves. The way you wrap and knot your scarf should provide maximum insulation.

Let’s look at six popular knots for keeping your neck warm this winter:

1. The Drape

This scarf styling is ideal for business and casual looks. Drape the scarf around your neck, and let it hang down your chest. This look works with shorter scarves and provides insulation without being too stuffy.

2. The Loop

Loop the scarf once around your neck and let it hang. This look is best with longer scarves and provides moderate protection from cold weather. Thickly knit scarves work best here.

3. The French Knot

Dubbed the Parisian knot, this style is perfect for a formal look. Short scarves can’t do it justice, and neither can thick scarves. Fold the scarf in the middle, ensure the two ends are together, and pass them through the midline loop.

The French knot is ideal for suits and other formal wear.

4. The Ascot Knot

Fold your scarf into halves, loop it around the neck from behind, and pull both ends through the fold. This knot provides maximum insulation and is ideal for extreme winter weather. It can also be done with a thicker scarf for extra protection.

5. The Double Loop

The Double Loop is perfect for those who want some neck insulation in cold climates: loop your scarf twice around the neck and tie the ends in a knot.

6. The Oxford Knot

Fans of traditional style should try the Oxford knot, which involves two loops and one knot to keep the scarf secure.

Navigating Scarves with Bomber Jackets, Blazers, or Jeans & Sweaters

Bomber jackets are ideal for casual wear while blazers suit formal settings. For bomber jackets, keep them classy and stylish by wearing a short scarf and letting both ends hang loose. Blazers suit, the Parisian knot, or drapes for the less shouting appeal that suits work moods. 

Jeans & sweaters go well together when facing harsh winter weather. A long scarf is your best bet here, as it provides more insulation and can be used as a makeshift scarf muffler.

The Lowdown

Now that you know the basics of men’s scarves, it’s time to make a statement with your wardrobe. Pick the right scarf for the occasion and layer it properly for maximum warmth. 

There are plenty of colors, patterns, and material options from which to choose, so go ahead and find one that suits your style. Contact us today to learn more about how to put together the perfect winter look. 

Family Britches customizes your entire winter closet, ensuring we cover all aspects of your lifestyle, from casual wear to formal events.

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