Scarves are no longer just for the cold winter months. Today silk scarves are a fashion accessory worn by both men and women to accompany suits, evening dresses, and even casual clothing.
There are many different ways of wearing a scarf depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Consider these tips for wearing luxury designer scarves.
How to Wear a Designer Scarf
Here are a few easy knots for wearing fashionable luxury scarves.
1. The Drape
This first knot isn’t even a knot at all! The drape is an excellent way to wear a scarf while the weather is warm. Simply drape the scarf over your shoulders and your coat so that it hangs evenly on either side. This will splash some color into your outfit and draw attention to yourself.
2. Reverse Drape
Go with the reverse drape if you do not like the ends of the scarf hanging in front of you. Start by draping the scarf over your shoulders so the ends are of equal length. Then toss the each end over the opposite shoulder.
3. Once Around
For an easy knot, drape the scarf over your shoulder so one end hangs longer than the other. Take the long end and wrap it around your neck and you’re done! This knot will keep your neck warm in colder weather. The ends can be even or uneven, to the wearer’s discretion.
4. Hoxton Knot
The hoxton knot, also known as the parisian knot or the french loop, is a classic simple scarf knot for silk scarves. Fold the scarf in half lengthwise and drape it around your shoulders. Then take the loose end of the scarf and pull it through the loop made by the folded end.
5. Four in Hand
The four in hand is a more complicated scarf knot. It is made of many folds and has a sophisticated look similar to the hoxton knot. Because it is a knot with many folds, it is more comfortable with a thin silk scarf so that it does not clump up around the neck.
Start by folding the scarf lengthwise and drape it over your shoulders. This time take one of the loose ends and pull it through the loop. Then twist the loop and pull the other end through the hole. Adjust the knot until it looks neat.
6. Infinity Scarves
Infinity scarves are popular in the fall and winter. They can be made from a regular scarf by draping it around the neck so that the ends of the scarf fall along your back. Then bring the ends of the scarf around your neck again and tie a knot in the back of the neck.
For a visual infographic of each of these knots, click here.
Wearing a Scarf Under and Over a Suit
Whether or not you tuck a scarf into your suit is a matter of preference. Generally, scarves without knots like the drape or with simple knots like the once around look best with the ends of the scarf outside of a blazer. Tucking the ends of scarves with intricate knots like the Hoxton or four in hand into a suit brings attention to that knot, but wearing one of these knots outside of a suit also looks fashionable.
Men and women should wear a scarf with a suit by tucking the ends of the scarf under the suit’s lapels. Then you can adjust the scarf knot to achieve the desired look, either by leaving the chest area exposed above the suit's neckline or covering it with the scarf.
When wearing a scarf outside of your coat, have it be the focal point of your outfit. Pop the collars of your jacket and let the scarf hang down naturally. If you're wearing a scarf that wraps around the neck, like an infinity scarf, have it rest on top of the lapels.
Nathon Kong Collaboration with Les Impatients: What it Means to Wear a Scarf
At Nathon Kong we believe that what you wear is meaningful. Our current collection of scarves means to raise awareness for mental health. Each art piece tells the story of a local artist recovering from mental health issues by incorporating art created by members of Les Impatients. Les Impatients is a non profit organization that supports artists suffering from mental health issues through therapeutic art programs. 10% of all proceeds made from the scarves are donated to Les Impatients so that they can continue to support these Montreal artists.
Buy a unique printed 100% silk scarf here with art by Bill Market and Sergio Larenas, members of Les Impatients. Each scarf is made in limited edition, only 100 pieces of each print. Silk scarves are sent in a gift box with the edition number and signed by the artist.