Jan
6
2014
By
of Valet.

Cold
Killers

If you're not wrapping a scarf around your neck by now, you don't know what you're missing. Even proper layering won't warm the chill above your shoulders if your neck is exposed. And considering you're basically bundled in dark outerwear from your knees to your neck, it's also a good way to inject a little style into your daily commute. Herewith, three things to keep in mind.

1

Watch the length.

55
to
72
inches

Too long a scarf tends to look either juvenile or feminine—two attributes you're likely not looking to project. But too short and you'll have a hard time knotting up and getting the coverage you're looking for. Aim for a length between 55 and 72 inches.

2

Know your material.

Inexpensive scarves are usually made from acrylic thread, meaning the scarves won't breathe, leaving your neck sweaty like you're encased in plastic wrap. Lambswool can often be scratchy, resulting in that irritating itchy sensation you experience after a haircut. Look for softer wool blends or upgrade to cashmere. Those that sport stubble or a beard, opt for a cotton style or a brushed wool blend that won't leave fuzzy woolen fibers in your whiskers.

Sturdier
Lighter

Cable knit, $61
by Oliver Spencer

Cashmere, $98
by J.Crew

Wool tartan, $44
by Brooks Brothers

Cotton chambray, $75
by The Hill-Side

Wool and silk,
$99 by
Gant Rugger

Cotton blend,
$50 by
Banana Republic

 
3

Tie it right.

We tend to switch up the knots depending on the occasion and the outfit. The key is finding a knot that works with what you're wearing, sort of like a tie. If you've got a suit and topcoat on, you probably don't want a big loose knot around your neck. Here are five classic scarf knots and how to tie them.

Styling Tip

Look at your wardrobe before you consider what type of scarf to buy. Lots of stripes and patterns? Go solid. Got a subtle wardrobe that needs a little spicing up? Consider a patterned scarf or one in a bolder color.

 

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