Protect Ya Neck: Wear your scarf with style and flair | The Scene

While the weather
While the weather's still cold, wear your scarf with style and flair.
— image credit: Photos by Brandon Macz; Image manipulation by Daniel Nash

The dead of winter means it’s time to bundle up, but it doesn’t mean you have to lose your stylistic flair underneath a mound of cloth and down. Consider the scarf, a practical accessory that’s too often thrown on without much thought. Consider a few new styles to dress up your look:

The basic wrap-around

Particularly with a peacoat, or other buttoned overcoat, the wrap-around can complete your outfit’s sense of cover. One piece of advice: instead of draping the scarf over your neck and throwing one end over the shoulder, turn that end into a loose loop and tuck your head through. That way you control the fit around your neck, not gravity.



The nestled drape

It doesn’t get simpler than this: if the weather’s not too nippy, just hang your scarf over your neck, loosely cross the ends and hold them in place with a buttoned overcoat. Much like a pocket square, the hint of cloth will create an eye-catching accent that pops.




The slipknot (“European style”)

This style does the job and looks good doing it. Fold a medium-to-long scarf lengthwise, drape it over your neck and push the free ends through the loop on the other side, wearing them down the front of your torso. This knot allows the wearer to easily adjust the scarf for comfort.





The draped knot

Don’t rely on this women’s style for warmth, because it’s all show. Fold the scarf end-to-end. Then loop, swoop and pull the open end as you would to tie your shoes. Works best when using a thin cloth scarf.




The muffler

This style, using a rectangle scarf, covers the neck and neckline for blanket-like warmth. Fold the rectangle into a square, then fold two opposite corners to make a triangle. Tie two ends of the triangle at the back of your neck and adjust to fit. It’s that simple!





The double-ascot

This look requires a long scarf — think 60-72 inches — to achieve a short-to-medium length fluffy knot. Drape the scarf over your neck so that about three-quarters of its length hangs to one side. Wrap the long end once around your neck and bring it back to your front over the other shoulder. Cross the long end over the short, bringing it under, up and through the opening, then down and through the loop where long end crosses short.


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