6 Ways to Tie a Scarf: How to Wear it Stylishly

by Kelsi Trinidad
image by Josh Stewart]
Worn masterfully, the scarf is
a man’s front-line defense against the elements.
Scarves bring charm and
dimension to your ensemble, and they are a trustee in frigid winters, rainy
weather, windy days at the beach, or whenever you’re ducking in and out of
frost air-conditioned buildings.
More Detail, How to Tie A Scarf:
Knot Style: The City Slicker
A simple, no-nonsense knot
that keeps your scarf neat and fuss-free.

how to tie a scarf - The City Slicker scarf knot
  • Fold the scarf in half
    lengthwise and wrap it around your neck
  • Pull the loose ends through
    the loop of the fold.

The City Slicker knot is both
functional and easy to adjust while on the move. This classic knot also keeps
your scarf on, and in place. This is especially important if you ride a bike,
drive a motorcycle, or prefer to ride with the windows down. The City Slicker
knot is even perfect for summer scarves. It adds a clean, put-together element
to your ensemble.
Knot Style: The Sophisticate
This knot strikes a splendid
balance between thoughtfully put-together and comfortably indifferent.
how to tie a scarf - The Sophisticate scarf knot
  • Drape the scarf around your
    neck, leaving one end shorter than the other
  • Wrap the longer end loosely
    around your neck once, twice if you want a chunkier look or need more bundling.
  • Leaving one end slightly
    longer than the other gives a more natural and spontaneous look, but the length
    can be adjusted to your preference.

The Sophisticate works well
with winter outerwear.
This is perhaps the best way
to wear a lightweight linen scarf in the summer: with T-shirt/blazer or
T-shirt/cardigan ensemble, your lightweight scarf will add a slight buffer when
that onshore breeze whips-up, or that cafe AC is a tad too frosty.
Knot Style: The Ivy-Leaguer
The first-choice for
formalwear and whenever you’d like to add an element of color.
how to tie a scarf - The Ivy Leaguer scarf knot

There are two variations:
  • The scarf may be worn draped
    over the shoulder (Step 1)
  • Or tucked into a buttoned
    jacket/blazer (Step 3)

Go with this style when
sporting an opera scarf over a tuxedo or dinner jacket. This style is
contingent upon the length of the scarf. If the ends of the scarf extend below
the bottom of your jacket, think carefully about whether the ensuing look is
appropriate. When wearing a topcoat, we do not recommend wearing a scarf under
the lapels–a common but unfortunate arrangement. With topcoats and outerwear,
either tuck the scarf inside (as in Step 3) or opt for another style of knot.
Knot Style: The Connoisseur
The Connoisseur knot is
reminiscent of the knot used for an ascot.

 6 Ways to Wear a Men's Scarf: The Connoisseur
  • Lay the scarf around your
    neck, such that both ends are parallel in the front
  • Bring one end over and then
    under the other end
  • Drape the front end over the
    back, adjusting the length to your liking.
  • This style may be worn loose
    and on the outside of your ensemble (Step 4), or slightly snugged-up and tucked
    into a sports coat or blazer.

If one is wearing it
snug-and-inside (Step 5), silk scarves work best. Because this is a secure
knot, The Connoisseur is another appropriate choice for those on the saddle of
a two-wheeler or in an open-top vehicle. For classic roadsters, go Connoisseur.
Hardtop off the Jeep? See below.
Knot Style: The Jet Setter
This style maximizes the
motion impact of your scarf.

The Jet Setter scarf knot
  • There’s no knot here, just a
    light drape around your neck that leaves one end shorter than the other.
  • Throw the longer end of the
    scarf across the front of your neck and let it hang over your opposite

If the scarf is extra long,
loop it around your neck once before placing it behind your shoulder. This is
one of the most casual styles, and it successfully communicates activity and

Knot Style: The Weekender
A casual scarf knot, most
likely to be seen on the streets of Rome, Paris, and Shanghai.
The Weekender scarf knot
  • Start with one end in the
    front, close to your neck, and wrap the long end around your neck until it is
  • Tuck both ends into the
    wrapped scarf.
  • For volume, fluff-out the
  • This knot is perfect for windy
    days and joyrides with the top down.

It Up
Wearing a scarf is a great way
to put your signature on your ensemble. A good-looking high-quality scarf
needn’t be a costly purchase, and scarves are one of the few easily-sourced
male accessories that can turn a by-the-numbers look into something eye-catching.
Keep an open mind, too: one of
us at GM has a few scarves that were marketed principally to women. We say: if
you like it, and have a notion of how to wear it well, then buy it.
What’s your favorite knot? Let
us know in the comments.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.