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.
Whatever the reason, it's a shame because scarves are by far the easiest way to “accessorize” without looking like you're trying too hard. On that topic, we can probably all learn a little something from the Parisian style book. The more sartorially inclined French, men included, have always seemed gifted in the art of effortlessly styling scarves with impossible ease. That sort of je ne sais quois probably has more to do with attitude and confidence than anything, so my advice is just try and act like you forgot about the scarf and don’t fuss. Maybe even slow down the pace and savor life’s little pleasures, like a morning espresso or a good conservation – the European way.
If I was banished to a desert island – a cold island that is – and could only bring one clothing accessory, it would have to be supremely soft cashmere, solid grey colour scarf. Obviously this won't jazz up a look with strong colour or patterns, but rather adds texture and depth to the layers without disrupting the minimal colour scheme. With something so versatile, the sky is the limit on how you can incorporate a scarf like this into your style.
Here are my favorite ways to style a grey scarf:
Over the Shoulder
Parisian Knot (added knot variation)
Once around with cravat
What are your favorite ways to style a scarf? Share them in the comments below.