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How To Wear A Scarf With A Suit

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man wearing a suit with a scarf

For those of you, like us, who aren’t fortunate enough to live in yearly warmth and sunshine, you know the love/hate relationship we have with winter. We love the holiday festivities, but we hate the icy, windy and outfit-slicing cold. Luckily, wearing a scarf with a suit falls into the love side of this relationship.

The scarf is your friend because sometimes even the thickest of wool coats could use a splash of, well, more wool (and color). We’ll show you four different ways how to wear a scarf with a suit with step-by-step instructions so your neck can stay warm and stylish all winter long.

First, to ensure that you’ll be able to properly wear a scarf with a suit, make sure the scarf you choose is 60 to 75 inches long. Also, keep in mind that some of the scarf knots below will be tougher with thicker and coarser wool scarves.


1. The Slip Knot

This scarf knot has some major cold-stopping power. It’s also easy to put on and take off, so your co-workers won’t think you’re trying to strangle yourself as you head out of the office in your suit and scarf.

man showing how to wear a slip knot tie
  • Step 1: Fold the scarf in half lengthwise and then fold it again to form a sort of hoop.
  • Step 2: Let the scarf dangle around your neck with the hoop on one side of the shoulder.
  • Step 3: Take the other end (A) and bring it towards the hoop.
  • Step 4: Let A pass through the hoop to make a European loop.
  • Step 5: Tighten the loop to get the complete effect.

2. The Wrap-Around

The wrap-around scarf style is easy to accomplish as you’re rushing around the city, constantly going indoors and out. Tuck the ends of your scarf into your suit jacket or topcoat to keep out any cold drifts.

man showing how to wear a wrap around scarfWrap-Around
  • Step 1: Fold the scarf in half lengthwise (or leave it loose) and let it hang around your neck equally on each side.
  • Step 2: Bring one side (A) towards the other side (B).
  • Step 3: Let A pass from under B.
  • Step 4: Adjust both ends to desired length.

3. The Shoulder Toss

This OG “knot” is a classic way to wear a scarf for men, but it doesn’t do too well in windy conditions (unless you enjoy constantly readjusting).

how to wear a scarf with a suit, The-Shoulder-Toss
  • Step 1: Fold the scarf in half lengthwise and let it hang around your neck equally on each side.
  • Step 2: Bring one side (A) towards the other side (B).
  • Step 3: Toss A behind you and adjust both ends to desired length.
  • Step 3a: This step is optional, but feel free to simultaneously brush your shoulders off during mid-toss.

4. The Classic Drape

For the man who prefers a simple look, can’t be bothered to tie or untie knots and probably wears loafers year-round. This suit and scarf combination doesn’t offer much cold protection and really only looks good with your jacket open. But hey, it’s simple and some guys like simple. :)

how to wear a scarf with a suit, The-Classic-Drape
  • Step 1: Fold the scarf in half lengthwise and let it hang around your neck equally on each side

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