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A Scarf For
Winter is a great excuse to accessorise. Since you can't get away with a coat during the chilly season, you need an array of scarves to match each piece of outerwear in your closet. We're not only talking about matching colour here; your scarf needs to complement your attire in terms of style and texture as well. Here are some coat/scarf combos for every occasion in the urban man's life.
When you're in laidback mode during the chilly season, your outfit doesn't end with your jeans; you're obviously going to be sporting a stylish casual winter jacket and accompanying accessories to brave the winter cold. If you're sporting a casual jacket, you have to sport a scarf that contrasts with the colour of the jacket. Double flip; place the scarf around your neck so that the two ends are at your back, cross the ends at the back of your neck and bring them around to the front.
For a business-appropriate look, you need the right length scarf to wear over the suit. A woollen one, with subdued colour and subtle fringe is conservative enough for office wear; a cashmere scarf wouldn't be too bad either. Simply tie your scarf around your neck as you would a regular tie, and fashion it into a trendy knot. You'll only be able to properly achieve this look with a thin, lightweight scarf.
If you are wearing a sporty jacket, accessorise it accordingly. A brighter coloured scarf with checks, and patterns would look perfect and youthful, at the same time keep you warm. Tie it the casual way; fold it in half so that the ends are touching, and leave the knot loose under your chin.
For any formal occasion this winter, a classic drape around your neck, tucked into your coat, covering the chest area left exposed by the coat's neckline would make you stand out and accentuate the appeal of your outfit.
Having a few winter coats for every occasion in your active life is a style necessity, but having only one scarf recycled amongst each coat is a fashion no-no.
So, pair each coat with its own worthy accessory and your outerwear will have you looking hot no matter what the frosty temperature.
A scarf tied with aplomb adds style and warmth to your winter wardrobe. A scarf, in its basic sense, works because it surrounds and protects your neck and keeps cold drafts of air from spiralling down your collar, leaving you susceptible to catching a chill. Once you know how to tie a scarf around your neck in different knots, you can actually begin wearing the stylish winter clothes you've been reading about.
1. Parisian Knot
The Parisian is the most popular knot. Here's how to tie it: Take the scarf in both hands and fold it over lengthwise; drape it around your neck and insert the loose ends through the loop hanging in front of you and pull them through. You can play with the tautness of the knot and the thickness of the scarf by doubling the scarf lengthwise, if you wish.
2. Once-Around Knot
The once-around knot is your entry-level knot for all those brisk days when you need a little extra comfort. Most men will use this knot for a quick commute to work or an evening out with a fitted blazer. Drape the scarf around your neck allowing one end to be longer than the other. Take the long end and bring it around your neck and let it fall over your chest.
3. Loose Once-Around Knot
The loose once-around knot is more about fashion and having the scarf with you "just in case." When it comes to knowing how to tie a scarf in a loose once-around knot, the same rules apply as the regular once-around knot: Drape it loosely as though you haven't had the time to finish the job right.
4. Twice-Around Knot
Begin as you would with the once-around with both ends hanging in front of you, but make sure one is significantly longer than the other. Take the much longer end and pass it to make a knot; do this without making the knot too tight. Getting the lengths of the ends to match up or come out relatively close will take a bit of practice, but a knot like this will make all the difference on a cold day.
Every man has that moment in the morning when he must decide how he will face the elements. With a scarf, however, your winter wardrobe expands and becomes adaptable to the changing weather, all while helping you face the frigid elements in style.