How to Put on a Man's Silk Scarf

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How to Put on a Man's Silk Scarf
A scarf draws attention to the face. (portrait of the man. image by Yuri Bizgaimer from

A silk scarf keeps the neck warm and adds style to both formal and informal men's wear. Whether you wear it with a dress shirt, a suit coat, a trench coat or a tuxedo, the silk scarf can make your look. From aviator scarves to the classic white silk scarf worn with formal attire, the silk scarf can be dashing or timeless. Though you can sling a silk scarf around your neck and let it hang, there are some more stylish options. Learning how to wear a silk scarf will increase your options with this versatile accessory.

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  1. 1

    Put the silk scarf around your neck. Position it so the middle of the scarf is behind your neck with half of the scarf hanging loose on each side of your neck in front.

  2. 2

    Cross the end hanging on your right hand side over the end hanging to your left. Make sure the cross of the scarf ends at your throat, as though you are about to tie a necktie.

  3. 3

    Take the end of the scarf you crossed to your left and bring the end up behind the crossed silk at your throat. Loop it around the left side of the scarf and upward, behind the "X" you just made in the scarf. Pull the end up through the loop at your neck and let it hang over like a cravat or ascot.

  4. 4

    Tuck the silk scarf's ends into a vest or jacket, or even into your shirt for casual wear, or let the ends hang loose.

Tips and warnings

  • Silk insulates the throat. Wear a silk scarf before a public speaking or singing engagement to keep the throat warm.
  • For a more casual look, you can tie a Parisian knot in the silk scarf. Fold the scarf in half, end to end, and hang it around your neck with the loop at your left hand side and the two ends to your right. Tuck the two ends through the loop and pull them to bring the knot up to your throat.
  • Avoid wearing a loose silk scarf while driving or near machinery to avoid risk of injury.

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