Silk Scarves: The Finishing Touch

October 14th, 2012

It’s no secret that men are embracing fashion and becoming more style-conscious across the board.

This is due to a number of social and cultural shifts including an increased access to information, social media platforms providing a wider variety of perspectives, male icons embracing current fashion such as top athletes and entertainers, a competitive mass-market retail environment offering accessible on-trend options, period television programs highlighting the well-dressed men of eras past, a new breed of American designer creating practical and approachable menswear, etc.

I recently spoke on a panel of “experts” discussing the overall direction of menswear in America, and it got me thinking. Where is it heading? Will men continue to care more about their appearance?

In my opinion, this movement will continue. Men will increasingly take pride in looking put-together and developing a personal sense of style. I predict this will take us to a slightly more “dandy” place, where men continue to embrace tailored clothing but combine it with accessories that are slightly less utilitarian and slightly more debonair.

One example: finishing a tailored look with a silk scarf. Practical in the sense that it does provide some warmth, but its primary purpose is romanticism and style.

Here, how to use a silk scarf to bring your look to the next level.

1. Casual Friday

This time of year, a silk scarf is perfect to break the chill during your commute to the office.

A simple loop tucked under an open shirt can put a whole new spin on a typical “business casual” blazer & chinos look, providing a strong dose of personality and confidence.

Fold it in half, pass both ends through the folded loop, and tuck it behind the collar inside the shirt. After that, forget about it and wear it with conviction.

Earlier this year we meant to publish an article highlighting one of my favorite fabrics: wool hopsack.

This loosely woven textile is highly breathable and versatile due of it’s unique texture. Think of it like tweed for the Spring/Summer/early Fall.

That said, every look in this post features one piece of the camel hopsack suit I had made last season.

  • Green/Gold silk scarf by Zara ·
  • White cotton pocket square ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • Forest green cotton suit trousers ·
  • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy
  • · Camel hopsack suit jacket
  • · Brown Gingham Shirt


Worsted Wool Suit in Camel



Brown Gingham Shirt

2. Weekend Trip

Simply drape a silk scarf around the neck and tie it inside a cardigan or jacket. This instantly turns a simple and predictable Fall look into a unique signature.

Because there are so many different ways to tie it, a silk scarf is a great accesory for traveling this time of year. It allows you to pack light and get more out of the pieces in your carry-on.

It’s hard to explain how comfortbale hopsack trousers are. They have replaced my broken-in chinos on many weekend afternoons.

They feel softer and breathe better than traditional cotton or wool trousers, and are basically immune to wrinkles due to their loose drapey weave.

If there is one shoe that represents the current menswear craze, it’s the double monkstrap.

It’s a loafer – treat it as one and wear it with anything from dress trousers to jeans.

  • Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda ·
  • Navy wool cardigan by Uniqlo ·
  • White t-shirt by Alexander Wang ·
  • Burgundy paisley silk scarf Vintage ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • Burgundy socks by Marcoliani ·
  • Leather/suede double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks
  • · Camel hopsack suit trousers


Worsted Wool Suit in Camel

3. Artist Chic

This paisley number is a large square, like a lot of silk scarves.

Hold it from diagonal corners, twist it gently into a long wrap and knot it around the neck, as you would tie an ascot.

The lower on the neck you wear it, the less “stuffy” it will look. Ideally, it should just peek out from under the shirt.

Like a tweed waistcoat, a hopsack one in a neutral color can be mixed and matched with dozens of different outfits, whether you’re heading to a business meeting or a fancy cocktail party.

A beard is one of the most effective accessories for allowing a man to pull-off a more forward look.

It makes everything look masculine and rugged, even a silk scarf worn as a ascot.

Don’t be afraid of letting it get little bushy, just make sure it’s evenly trimmed with clean sharp edges.

  • Round hand-engraved metal shades by Matsuda ·
  • Grey/Burgundy windowpane shirt ·
  • Grey/Burgundy paisley silk scarf by Zara ·
  • Camel hopsack Vest ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • “New Standard” Raw denim jeans by APC ·
  • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Burgundy socks by Marcoliani ·
  • Brown suede captoe lace-ups by To Boot NY
  • · Burgundy suit jacket


Burgundy Worsted Suit

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford.