History of Men’s Scarves
The wearing of scarves by men was popularised by its adoption by the aviators in both World Wars. They used the scarf for warmth and to prevent chafing as they scanned the sky for enemy planes. They have been a staple in men’s wardrobes for over 200 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.
Why Wear A Scarf?
- Function – A thick wool scarf can keep your neck warm on a cold frosty morning. Or looks edgy when riding you’re riding Harley Davdison about. A lightweight linen scarf can protect your neck from the sun and sand when crossing the Sahara. For us women men wearing a scarf is very sexy. It’s always exciting to dream about what lies behind the scarf?
- Flair – Scarves can add a strong element of style, especially when they introduce colour to an otherwise bland outfit. As long as it doesn’t compromise functionality, few will question even a brightly coloured piece of cashmere that brightens up a banker’s charcoal overcoat and watch cap. However, in less functional roles (such as wearing a light-weight scarf indoors in lieu of a necktie) the man doing so needs to be very comfortable in his own personal style. Keep the rest of the outfit simple so it isn’t competing with the scarf for attention.
General Rules for Tying a Scarf
- Keep it simple – only tie knots you are comfortable wearing–confidence is everything.
- Scarf length & thickness can limit knot style options.
- A scarf isn’t a necktie–keep it loose.
Hugh Jackman and Paul Newman show how edgy wearing a scarf can be
Al Pacino wore loads of scarves during the epic movies, The Godfather
Don’t be afraid of different style scarves. Chunky scarves look fab on men
Tom Brady and Usher look cool wearing scarves