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 snowboarding trips and the holiday festivities.  But we hate the icy, windy, biting and outfit-slicing cold; we’re already shivering just thinking about it.

Last week we wrote about how to stay warm while looking fresh. But when winter is in full swing, coats alone won’t cut it. You can always accessorize your coat with a flask full of whiskey – and drinking this would certainly help with warmth during the cold. But we know this strategy is probably full of fool and short on proof.

Enter the scarf. 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 how to tie seven of our favorite scarf knots so your neck can be as warm, stylish and generally pleased with itself as the rest of your custom suited self. And if none of these seven scarf knots can keep you warm, you can always do all 7 at once (like our newest intern Amber in the picture above).   

Note: To ensure that you’ll be able to properly tie your scarves, we like our scarves to be around 60 to 75 inches long. Also, keep in mind that some knots will be tougher (and your neck may be less comfortable) with thicker and coarser wool scarves.

Without further ado, let’s get to it:  


The Upper East Side
(aka 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 one 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.

Fold the scarf in half lengthwise and let it hang around your neck equally on each side.

 

 

The Harlem (aka The Shoulder Toss)

This OG “knot” is a classic but doesn’t do too well in windy conditions (unless you enjoy constantly readjusting). It might not wow anyone with style, but let’s get real, you really don’t give a f*ck. You’re also going to stop reading after this section.

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.

 

 

The Williamsburg (aka The Wrap Around)

This one can be found in style blogs, magazines, movies and your local hipster hangout. Wear it loose and wear it with a DIY homemade knit scarf. Enjoy it with an organic soy latte.

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.

 

 

The FiDi (aka The Slip Knot)

Your neck likes to stay warm and you like to keep your neck happy. This one’s got 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.

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.

 

 

The Canal Street (aka The Fake Knot)

This knot looks elaborate but is actually easy to pull off. And there’s nothing fake about how good it looks so don’t ruin it with a Burberry knockoff.

Step 1 Fold the scarf according to basic knot 1 and let it drop down your neck equally on each side.

Step 2 Make a knot on one side (A).

Step 3 Let B pass through A to form a knot.

Step 4 Tighten the knot to get a beautiful fake knot.

 

 

The TriBeCa (aka The Ascot Knot)

You’re a neat freak and prefer clean smooth surfaces. This knot can be impeccable and will look great with your $85 haircut.

Step 1 Let the middle of the scarf fall on the back of your neck with equal length on both sides.

Step 2 Take one end (A) and bring it towards the other (B).

Step 3 Let A pass from under B.

Step 4 Bring A upwards to make a knot as illustrated.

Step 5 Adjust both the ends equally facing downwards.

 

 

The West Village (aka The Twice-Around Ascot)

If you just can’t get enough of the Ascot, or if it’s one of those frigid below-zero days outside, this knot is for you.  It takes a little extra effort but it’ll keep you warm and frosty.

Step 1 Let the middle of the scarf fall on the back of your neck with equal length on both sides.

Step 2 Bring one side (A) towards the other side (B).

Step 3 Let A pass from under B.

Step 4 Bring A towards the front.

Step 5 Let A pass through B again to form a knot.

Step 6 Adjust both the ends equally facing downwards.

 

 

We hope this was helpful!  Stay warm and happy holidays from the whole Black Lapel team!