At least – that’s what people will try and claim.
100 years ago when open cockpits were standard…
pilots wore a silk scarf around their neck to keep warm and prevent chafing.
For thousands of years, militaries have used them to differentiate soldiers…
from what battalions & regiments you belonged…
to what your specific duties were in combat.
Today – wool, cashmere, and even synthetic scarves are used for their ability to insulate the neck while providing freedom of movement.
My point is – the scarf is a fantastic & manly cold weather accessory.
It’s a classic menswear piece with a strong masculine history behind it.
In today’s article & video, we are going to look at 10 manly ways to tie a scarf
- Short: 50-60 inches
- Standard: 70
- Long: 82
- 6-7 inches for men
- 10 inches on women’s scarves
Scarf Knot #1 – Drape
The Drape leans more towards style rather than function, as it’s a great way to add a dash of color to your drab overcoat and draw attention to your face.
A scarf drape is best for when the weather is cool, but not cold. As the name implies, just drape the scarf over your neck, equal lengths on each side, and you’re good to go.
The drape works best with short to regular length scarves.
Scarf Knot #2 – Once Around
This one provides more warmth around the neck than the Drape, and so can be worn in colder weather. Start by draping the scarf around your neck, making one end longer than the other.
Take the long end and bring it around your neck and you’re done. The ends of the scarf can either be equal length or uneven, it really up to the wearer’s preference.
Scarf Knot #3 – Over Hand
This scarf knot is very simple to tie, looks clean and functional, and provides good protection to the neck in cool weather.
Drape the scarf around your neck, making one end longer than the other. Take the long end, cross it over the short end, then bring it under and through the opening near your neck.
Pull on both ends to tighten the knot until you are satisfied with the look. I think this scarf knot looks best when one end is slightly longer than the other.
Scarf Knot #4 – Reverse Scarf Drape
This is a great option for colder weather, as it provides a lot of protection to the neck.
Drape the scarf over your neck, making sure both ends are of equal length.
Take one end of the scarf and bring it across your neck and over the opposite shoulder, then do the same with the other side. Adjust it around your neck if necessary and you’re done.
Scarf Knot #5 – Parisian Scarf Knot
A very classy looking scarf knot, it provides good warm to the neck and is a good choice in colder weather.
Fold your scarf in half width wise, then fold it half again lengthwise.
Drape it over your neck, and then bring the loose ends through the hole formed by the folded end. Tighten the scarf around your neck and you’re ready to go.
Scarf Knot #6 – Fake Knot
It’s a more complicated knot to tie, but it’s a great colder weather option that will look sharp with either a casual jacket or a formal overcoat.
Drape the scarf around your neck, making one end longer than the other. Take the long end and bring it behind and around itself to form a loop, then take the end down and through the loop.
Grab the other end of the scarf and bring it down and through the loop as well. Work the knot up to your neck by gently pulling on each end while sliding the knot up.
Scarf Knot #7 – Reverse Drape Tuck
Not too commonly seen, this scarf knot works best with longer scarfs. Drape the scarf around your neck, making one end longer than the other.
Take the long end and loop it once around your neck. Now take the same end and tuck it through the loop you just formed. Grab the other side and tuck it through the loop as well, then adjust if necessary.
Scarf Knot #8 – Reverse Drape Cross
Very similar to the Reverse Drape Tuck, this knot works great for longer scarves.
Drape the scarf around your neck and make one end longer than the other.
Take the long end and bring it up and around your neck. Now cross the long end over the other end, then bring it up and through the opening you just formed. Pull on the ends to tighten if needed, and you’re done.
Scarf Knot #9 – Four In Hand
Another great choice for long scarfs, this knot protects the neck very well and is the perfect option when the weather is freezing cold.
Because of the many folds, this knot is also one of the most intricate looking scarf knots. Like the Parisian Knot, fold the scarf in half length and width wise, and then drape it over your neck.
Take one of the loose ends and pull it through the loop formed by the folded end. Twist the loop, then pull the other end through the loop. Continue to adjust the knot until it is sitting neatly around your neck.
Scarf Knot #10 – Twice Around
This is the best choice for freezing weather next to the Four in Hand, but it is much simpler to tie. Again, it will work best if you are using a longer scarf.
Drape the scarf over your neck, making one end much longer than the other. Take the long end and wrap it around your neck, then repeat again, bringing it around your neck a second time.
Adjust if needed to completely cover your neck, and you are all set for whatever the winter weather has in store for you.
That’s it gentlemen, 10 masculine ways to tie a scarf that will keep your neck warm when the weather turns cold.
Just remember that scarves should be used for function first, and you will be ready to rock this classic piece of menswear.