A Scarf For Every Occasion

A Scarf For Every Occasion

Winter is a great excuse to accessorize. Since you can’t get away with sporting only one coat during the chilly season, you need an array of scarves to match each piece of outerwear in your closet.

We’re not only talking about matching color here; your scarf needs to complement your coat in terms of style and texture as well. Trust me: You don’t want to be caught on the slopes in your puffy down jacket and lightweight, silk Hermes scarf; it’s like trying to mix oil and water.

To avoid any winter-wear embarrassment, here are some coat/scarf combos for every occasion in the urban man’s life.

When you’re in laidback mode during the chilly season, your outfit doesn’t end with your jeans; you’re obviously going to be sporting a stylish casual winter jacket and accompanying accessories to brave the winter cold.

If you’re sporting this casual shearling aviator jacket from Banana Republic, the Banana Republic merino wool scarf is the perfect neck-warming addition. The fabric and the multi-stripe design scream casual, and they’ll have you looking pretty darn good too.

How to tie it: Double flip; place the scarf around your neck so that the two ends are at your back, cross the ends at the back of your neck and bring them around to the front.
For a business-appropriate look, you’ll need a three-quarter-length coat to wear over that suit. Kenneth Cole’s wool hipster is the perfect way to keep warm on that chilly trek to and from the office, while Gucci’s heather gray cashmere scarf is a spot-on match for bundling up. Its subdued color and subtle fringe is conservative enough for office wear, while the cashmere adds some refinement to the wool coat.

How to tie it: Neck tie; simply tie your scarf around your neck as you would a regular tie, and fashion it into a trendy Windsor knot. You’ll only be able to properly achieve this look with a thin, lightweight scarf.

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night on the town
When you’re going for a sleek, urban winter look for a night on the town, warmth has nothing to do with it. This leather lizard trim biker jacket from Armani Exchange won’t fight the cold, but it is a great way to pull off a slick look for a trendy Friday night out. Add warmth to your outfit with a complementing neck adornment, like Kashmere’s black and gray stripe cashmere scarf. Your look can’t get any smoother than with the simple trendiness and utter masculinity of black and gray.

How to tie it: European formal; fold the scarf in half so that the ends are touching, place them through the loop, and tighten the loop under your chin.

When you’re braving the winter cold for hours at a time, your warm winter jacket -- like this navy blue French Connection Hexagon Puffa jacket -- is definitely the main focus of the outfit, so accessorize it accordingly. Gap’s chunky striped scarf is perfect for sporty wear; it’s thick enough to keep your neck warm, it’s fringy enough to be casual and it’s stylish enough to keep you looking dapper -- no matter how rosy your cheeks get.

How to tie it: European casual; fold the scarf in half so that the ends are touching, place them through the loop, and leave the knot loose under your chin.

For any formal occasion this winter, this Marc by Marc Jacobs black, cotton twill, double-breasted trench coat will dashingly accompany your sleek suit. Add this Gucci wool-blend striped scarf to the mix and you’ll get the ultimate in elegance and warmth.

How to tie it: Classic drape; simply drape the scarf around your neck and tuck it into your coat, covering the chest area left exposed by the coat's neckline.wrap-upHaving a few winter coats for every occasion in your active life is a style necessity, but having only one scarf recycled amongst each coat is a fashion no-no. You can’t mix that chunky knit scarf meant for a day of ice-skating and snowball fights with your wool trench for the office. So, pair each coat with its own worthy accessory and your outerwear will have you looking hot no matter what the frosty temperature.

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