Starting with the practical: you can lose 55% of your body’s heat through your neck and head, and scarves help prevent that. Plus a nice scarf made from something like wool or cashmere adds some stature to an outfit. For versatility’s sake, the ones here are the right colours and textures to go with both work and weekend clothes.
Stylist, Freddie Kemp
Slide it through the arm of your coat (from the inside) when you go indoors.
Hang a scarf instead of folding or rolling it to help it drape nicely when you wear it and allow it to air out between wears (which prevents any mustiness). Takes up less room, too.
A folded and looped scarf works particularly well with suits. Tuck the loose ends into your blazer.
Wrapping a scarf around your neck is obviously the warmest way to wear it; it's also the most casual.
Throwing on a scarf without wrapping it around your neck adds an easy elegance to anything from a suit to jeans.
"The average guy wears his scarf five times a week from November 1 to March 1, or 80 times a winter," says our own expert rationaliser/stylist Freddie Kemp. "So even if I buy a scarf made from a quality (i.e. less likely to get holey) fabric like wool or cashmere—and even if I wear it only this winter—it’ll cost me less than a pound per wear."
The most formal way to wear a scarf, this only really works with smart overcoats and suits. Here's how to do it: Cross the right side over the left, then pull the right side under and over the left side. Leave the right side neatly on top.
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