Thursday, 11 September 2014

Menswear Staple - The Scarf

There are some items every man should have in his wardrobe. With the colder weather upon us it is time to reflect on the simplest staple: the scarf. No no no, put away that itchy scratchy thing you've been tying around your neck, your scarf should be an extension of the rest of your outfit so put some thought into it for goodness sakes.

Fall is a good time to break out your darker neutrals. Earthy browns, patterned or plain, make for an easy and versatile addition to your wardrobe.

If you're feeling more adventurous try an orange addition. This colour does not, however, work for every complexion. And if you do choose to rock orange I recommend opting for a solid, rather than patterned accessory. A little embellishment never hurt anyone though.

Pick up on the colour of your favourite suit by matching it with a coordinating scarf. Go a few shades lighter to keep it fresh and tuck it beneath your jacket for a classic look.

This red and black number in MacQuarrie Tartan is a great transition piece, able to carry over from fall to winter. The colours, while vivid, can in this accessory work as a functional neutral or a centre piece depending on how you style. If you are feeling especially adventurous, like the gentleman above, try mixing your patterns.

Who says a scarf can't be multi-functional? Okay, while our model above might be wearing a bit more than a scarf I think the motto "the bigger the better" works well here. Often criticized as a blanket I like to wear a scarf like this one myself. Bundle it up tightly around your neck to keep yourself protected from the elements or drape it over your jacket for a more bohème ensemble.

Monochrome has been in vogue for a while now but it's time to break up the palette with a bit of pattern. This look is a derivative of the pattern-on-pattern and the monochrome trends. You can achieve this style fairly easily, but it's the confidence that makes the outfit.

Protip: match your scarf to your pocket square.


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