Scarves are one of those things that I wish I could convince more men to take advantage of, especially on this side of the pond. Not only can a scarf sharpen almost any ensemble, they are always reliable when it comes to locking in heat; I wouldn't dream of braving a snow storm without the embrace of some plush cashmere around my neck. Perhaps what turns men off of scarves is the popularity amongst women wearing them in so many settings, creating some illusion of femininity. Or maybe the fact that you don't see very many men rocking silk summer scarves is good evidence that we just don’t bother with things that aren’t completely necessary.
If sartorial history tells us anything it’s that dressing up a few hundred years ago must have been a lot easier. Not a lot of creativity was required when there were rules to dictate that a gentleman was to wear white tie to dinner, and so on. However, around the mid 17th century marked a major change when King Charles II actually imposed a subtler less conspicuous dress code for noblemen of the court, which started an evolution of men’s fashion toward a more common one size fits all uniform. This was the lounge suit, or the modern business suit as we know it today, which arrived in the late 1800s as the default casual garment for the upper class and formal attire for the lower class. It slowly replaced the casual but stuffy Victorian morning dress of tailcoats, which are still common today in British weddings.