Popularised by aviators in both World Wars to keep their necks warm and prevent chaffing, scarves have been a staple in men’s wardrobes for over 2000 years. The military has used them as rank insignia and unit designators for many years, from the Terracotta Warriors of China to modern-day desert military units.
But the big question is always - How do you wear yours? Here are a few ways of keeping warm during winter and adding texture and depth to your outfit.
The simplest of all and sometimes, all you need. Simply drape the scarf around the back of the neck and let it fall either side to add another layer and pop of colour.
Overhand Knot (Also known as Ascot)
Lay the scarf over your shoulders. Take both ends of the scarf, and tie them “over-and-under,” as if you were starting to do up a giant pair of shoelaces. Adjust the front to be a bit smooth and tighten closer to the neck as desired. Looks great tucked underneath a chore jacket.
Fold the scarf in half at the middle so that the ends touch and hold the doubled-over bend in one hand while passing the loose ends around the back of your neck with the other. Tuck the ends through the bend and pull snug. This is the most common look in the &SONS style catalogue.
However you choose to wear our scarves, we all agree you can never have too many and they are one of the most versatile pieces you can own.