The classic drape is one of the best ways for men to wear a scarf, but if you want your scarf to be more secure, especially in strong winds, you can try one of the more stylish and secure ways for men to tie a scarf. There’s a lot of variety so choose your favorite style, and dress to impress, whether you’re wearing a scarf with a shirt or over a coat.

Draping a scarf around your one with one end hanging in the front and one in the back is one of the most common ways to wear a scarf, but if you’re looking for the most elegant look with a lightweight scarf, the best way to go is the  Windsor knot, identical to the one used for neck-ties. For more versatile styles, that go well with both casual and more elegant looks, try one of these 8 ways for men to tie a scarf.

Once Around and Twice Around Knots

The once around knot is the best way to go for shorter scarves and very easy to tie. Drape the scarf around your neck with a longer end and bring it around your neck on the opposite side of your chest than the shorter end.

Once Around Scarf

If you’re looking for something that’s even better for cold winter days, you can also wrap the scarf around twice before letting both ends hang on your chest. It’s one of the ways for men to tie a scarf that both feels and looks better for longer scarves, and you don’t have to fuss with the scarf too much to make the two ends sit at the same exact length. This look can be elegant and stylish even when it’s asymmetrical.

Men's Twice Around Scarf


Ascot Knot (Overhand Knot)

One of the best and easiest ways for men to tie a scarf is the Ascot or overhand knot. After placing the scarf around your neck with equal ends, take both of them and do the over-and-under movement. Cross one end over the other side, then bring it up through the gap you’ve just created. It’s similar to tying you shoelaces and it’s a versatile look, that can be worn both loose and tight.

Overhand Scarf Knot


Twice Around Ascot

For a slightly different look, the twice around ascot has the same basic principles, only instead of starting with the scarf draped around your neck, you have to start with equal ends after you’ve wrapped it around your neck once already.

Twice Around Ascot Knot


Parisian Knot (European Loop)

One of the most casual ways for men to tie a scarf that also retains some sophistication, try the Parisian knot, also know as the European loop. Start by folding the scarf in half and draping it around your neck. 

Parisian Scarf Knot


Holding both ends in one hand, after you’ve placed the scarf around the back of your neck, inset them through the loop created in the other side. Tighten it by simultaneously pulling the loop up and the ends down. You can wear it as loose or as tight as your want, with a sport coat, blazer or simply over a T-shirt.

Fake Knot

Another cool way to style your scarf is the fake knot and it comes with the added bonus of taking very little time. All you have to do is tie a loose knot using just one end of your scarf, leaving enough space to be able to pull the other end through it. You can experiment with how high or low the knot should be, as well as how loose or tight you prefer it.

Fake Knot Scarf


Four In Hand Knot

If you’ve got the time for a more complicated knot, that will also go well with a sophisticated look, the four in hand knot is the right choice. Similar to the Windsor, it’s a style borrowed from neckties, but can look just as elegant with a lightweight scarf.

After placing the scarf around your neck with one end slightly shorter than the other, take the shorter side and put it over the longer one. Now focus on the longer end and bring it up and back across the shorter one. The longer end should pass between your neck and the scarf, then get pulled down through the knot.

It’s not the simplest of ways for men to tie a scarf, but it’s a lot more impressive than the other more versatile and easy methods. Finish your look by adjusting your scarf as you like by pulling on the shorter end.

Tie Behind

Square scarves are becoming increasingly popular with men, and when they’re made out of silk they can help you get a smart casual look. Simply fold the scarf into a triangle diagonally, then tie the ends at the back of your neck. Tuck it in your shirt or blazer and adjust the front to your liking.

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