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Everything That You Need to Know about Silk Scarves for Men

Today, men and women wear scarves made out of silk. While there is a lot of information on how women can wear silk scarves, styles for men can still be hard to find. So, here are some styles men can use when they wear silk scarves with suits and other outfits.

Origin of Scarves

Before anything else, it’s important to understand the origin of scarves and see how they’ve progressed throughout history. Silk scarves were originally popular with pilots in the early twentieth century. They were made of silk in order to protect the pilots' necks from irritation caused by the cockpit, which left the pilot exposed to the elements. A silk scarf, whether it be from a story of heroic war deeds or from Hollywood, has always provided men with a sense of standing apart and supreme confidence.

Styling Silk Scarves for Men

There are many ways men wear silk scarves casually. For example, one way is to drape the scarf around your neck, with the ends passing through the loop to form a knot at the back. Another way to drape a scarf is to wrap it once around your neck or to wrap it multiple times around your neck to form a loose ring.

A scarf is used to add flair to a tuxedo for men. For a classic, old-school look that never ages, go for a black or dark-colored plain silk scarf. Black tie events have relatively strict rules for the gentleman’s attire, so adding a scarf to a tuxedo dress is definitely in the flamboyant category. For a more conservative look, tuck the scarf behind the lapels of your suit coat. Then, choose whether to tie it with a bow tie depending on the occasion. Tying it with a bow tie is more formal and entirely gentlemanly. 

Be careful not to confuse a scarf for a necktie. While they are similar in style and dignity, they are polar opposites in other ways. Do not tie a scarf tightly around your neck, for a cravat is made for that. Tie it loosely around your neck so that it can be tossed on without any prior planning; it should seem as if you aren't using it to complete an outfit. This is one of the ways that it adds charm. Our preference is to wear it as a classic drape, but there are several more options laid out below.

Ways to Tie Your Scarf

If you're looking for something a bit more creative than simply draping your scarf, an alternative method is the wrap around knot. This method is similar to draping, but it does give off a more glamorous feel and clearly makes a statement about your sense of style. A wrap around knot can be worn with any kind of outfit, but it is so stylish that it is bound to draw the attention of anyone who passes by.

If you do want to make your scarf the focal point of your outfit, there are a few techniques you can try. First, you'll make a loop out of the silk scarf. Put the loop around your neck, then pass both ends of the scarf through the center of the loop. This method is called a Parisian knot. It adds volume to your scarf and gives it more visible presence. It's best to wear this style with a blazer on more relaxed days.


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you gain a better understanding of how to wear scarves. While it may not be something that you’re used to, it’s worth experimenting with things that are outside of your comfort zone. Be sure to keep everything you’ve learned here in mind so that you can make the most out of your scarves.

If you’re looking for new cute scarves to keep you warm and stylish at the same time, check out our silk collection at Scarflings. We have different styles and designs of scarves that will surely suit you. Find your new favorite scarf today!