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Dressing for Function - Men’s Scarfs

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Dressing for Function - Men’s Scarfs

One thing about growing older is being more susceptible to feeling cold, well that has been the case for me, particularly around the head and neck area.  Certainly middle age men should build a wardrobe focused on function, as well as style.  Scarfs are one accessory many men may not normally wear as part of their wardrobe, but they are fantastic in keeping the exposed neck area warm and cosy.  Scarfs are also a great medium for expressing a man’s individuality, and let’s face it men don’t have many clothing items with which to do this.



The fabric is the main determining factor for the scarf insulting performance.  Natural fibres work best.  Artificial fibre scarfs, e.g. fleece or polyester may great at repelling water, but generally don’t function well enough, or look good enough, for the stylish man on the street. They are designed for outdoor winter sporting activities, not for style. 

Quality scarves are typically made from the following materials, from lowest to highest cost





  • Wool – usually the finer merino wool grades,  good insulation but not as soft as more expensive choices
  • Alpaca – very good insulation not as soft as cashmere
  • Cashmere – good insulation and very soft


Choose the weight of material to suit the climate in which you live.  Since the scarf touches the skin softness is noticeable and important.  So if you are going to be wearing a scarf daily, for example on the walk from the train station to work, then spend a little more (although it could be a lot more for a premium brand) for the softer, more comfortable material.    


Wearing a Scarf

Scarves can be worn in several ways, and be sure to purchase the length of scarf to suit how you intend it to be worn.  Buy a longer scarf if you want to loop around the neck or use a Parisian knot, or a shorter scarf for a simple slip knot.   Always try on the scarf scarfs and the middle aged manin the shop before you purchase, scarfs like most clothing items, have a tendency to look a little different when worn to what they do on the store shelf.


Protection from the elements should become more of a priority for the mature man, particularly in the extremes of winter.  But remember dressing for function doesn’t mean forsaking style.  



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