Published on July 23rd, 2015 | by Janine Giorgenti0
Men’s Scarves are Hot for the Cold
Stay warm. Stay stylish.
By Janine Giorgenti
While we have caught a major break from harsh winter conditions this season (although the last few days have been bitterly cold); we can all agree that last winter was brutal.
Recently, one of my long-time clients – Jose – came to me and described his sheer displeasure at the prolonged winter last year. He vividly explained “freezing his butt off” waiting for the LIRR. He went on to explain that his side of the platform – on his morning commute – is “the windy side”, and how standing there for even 2-3 minutes can get uncomfortable in a hurry.
He asked what I recommended – for him – in terms of stylish scarves that will keep him warm during the upcoming cold months.
Here’s what I told him.
Scarves are hot for several reasons.
We had a horrible winter and men – in droves – are swearing to never again be caught off-guard by wearing an inadequate outer layer (anything but a high quality top coat). The defensive layer of protection provided by a quality scarf – against a cold gust of wind – is an absolute necessity.
A good selection of scarves not only serves as great protection against the elements, but also adds another dimension of style to your overall look.
I explained to Jose, fashion goes in cycles. Being well-dressed is back, so suits, sport coats, and dress slacks are back in style. Having the proper top coat and scarf combination is vital to “finishing the look”.
Don’t make the mistake of wasting away a top-end ensemble with a cheap scarf. Go with a good-looking, quality, long, thick, scrumptious, rich-looking scarf made of a quality wool, that gives an aura of style and sophistication.
What to look for in a brand new scarf.
Scarves come in different shapes; triangular, long, rectangular, or square – of which the long rectangular – with a soft hand and plush pile – is optimal for styling, comfort, protection and warmth.
Common patterns are, paisley, plaid, geometric, striped, and solid.
Wear your scarf draped around the neck of your topcoat. You can tie it in different fashions, which will be covered in my next article.
Typical topcoat colors are navy, camel, black, vicuna, or gray. For a stylish well-pulled together look, choose a scarf in a contrasting color; for example – a burgundy scarf with a charcoal topcoat. You can also go monochromatic, for instance a gray scarf with a black topcoat.