You may well think it's simply about hanging a scarf around your neck but it seems you and I have a lot to learn. It's a versatile accessory that can be adapted to a variety of outfits for both men and women. It seems the old rumour that the way you tie your scarf can give off hidden signals to gay men seems to be complete nonsense and real men do wear a scarf.
A delightful site called 'The Art of Manliness' published A Man's Guide to the Scarf which rightly pointed out men having been wearing scarves for over 2000 years so there's nothing effeminate about it. I'll admit I hadn’t noticed the Terracotta Warriors of China were often depicted wearing scarves.
The article clearly explains the types of scarves suitable for men and a variety of ways for a man to wear his scarf.
Scarf Wearing Videos
While there are lots of videos on YouTube to offer visual advice on scarf wearing, this site has found a fantastic video of '25 Ways to Wear a Scarf' and all can be studied in detail too with further videos. Seriously, who knew there were so many ways? The styles have incredible names such as the Double Rainbow, the Waterfall, the Celebrity, the Mira and the Shell Roll. And that's without mentioning the Bunny Ear. I'd just about mastered the European Loop and now I'm left feeling I'm not doing justice to my scarves.
If you too are now starting to think your scarf wearing abilities needs some updating this site is dedicated to the art and has a Knot Library. This freakishly comprehensive guide helps you choose the knots that are suitable for each type of scarf.
I'd admit, the weird names and the endless supply of video instructions showing the apparent effortless ease of these styles has probably put me off before I start as I feel doomed to fail and bring ridicule upon myself. You're right, this isn't a fashion blog, and fashion is not my forte, so I feel inspired but nervous from this barrage of options. But how about you? Are you planning to sport a new scarf knot or stick with your tried and tested style?
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