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How to tie a scarf

How to tie a scarf

A scarf seems simple, but like any accessory, wearing one well is more complicated than you might think. You need to pick the right thickness, the right fabric, choose the perfect palate and – the factor most guys forget about – tie a knot that makes sense with your outfit.

“It can either clash or make a look feel complete,” says Thread stylist Luke McDonald. “A tight knot is sharp and neat, but something looser feels more relaxed.” Below, Luke breaks down the three knots you need to know, and when they work best.

Parisian knot

Parisian scarf knot

The scarf: Long scarves of medium thickness.

The weather: Very cold

How to tie it: Fold the scarf in half, drape it round your neck and push both ends through the loop. Tighten it so it sits snug against your skin.

When to wear it: “This is the perfect smart-casual knot,” says Luke. “You’ve made an effort, but it’s not fussy, so it looks great with a suit but also with a denim jacket and cords.”

Overhand knot

Overhand scarf knot

The scarf: Mid-length scarves that are quite fine.

The weather: Cool

How to tie it: Drape the scarf around your neck so one end is longer than the other. Loop the long end under the short end, so both hang below your chin. Adjust the knot so it’s centred. The ends should hang at slightly different lengths, so it looks less primped.

When to wear it: “This is the most dressed-up you can be in a scarf,” says Luke. “It’s almost a cravat knot, so it works well with tailoring. It sits well in the V-gorge of a jacket, so wear it with suits, blazers or single-breasted overcoats.”

The wraparound

Wraparound scarf knot

The scarf: Long, chunky scarves

The weather: Any

How to do it: As simple as it gets – wrap the scarf round your neck once or twice, depending on its length and the weather. Done.

When to wear it: “This is super-casual,” says Luke, “so wear it with relaxed clothing. It’s very nonchalant and looks like you haven’t overthought things. It’s also easy to adjust, so you can make it looser or more snug depending on how cold it gets.”