Five Ways to Tie a Scarf feat. DJ McDonald

November 16th, 2012

It’s officially scarf season.

Our very own reader, turned guest feature, turned friend of the team, DJ McDonald shows us five different ways to tie them.


    1. The Loop Knot

    The simple loop is one of the easiest and most effective knots.

    How to tie it: fold the scarf in half lengthwise, drape it around your neck, and pull the two loose ends through the loop created by the fold.

    You can play with the tautness of the knot, depending on the length and density of the scarf. If the ends are hanging low, try tucking them into your jacket to cover the chest.

    “The big red loop not only keeps my neck warm, it also adds character to the rest of the outfit.

    In case you missed the ‘Screw U’ slippers, here’s a little extra humph

    2. The Neck Drape

    Sometimes a scarf is more for show than warmth, and that’s okay.

    By simply draping a brown herringbone scarf over his shoulders, DJ ads a texture that compliments his corduroy jacket and brings together his Fall color palette.

    “Some days I want to blend-in a little without a bold statement. Using different shades of brown, I feel like this outfit represents a classic Fall aesthetic.

    The turtleneck already covers my neck so the scarf is just for show…although you never know how cold it’s going to get at the end of the day.”

    This is also a great example of another “in between” look.

    Here DJ combines casual elements with formal ones, creating an outfit that is appropriate for a variety of occasions.

    3. Ascot Body Warmer

    “This vintage wool scarf is narrow and thin enough to double as a winter ascot. Tying it like this not only protects my neck and chest from the elements, it’s also a nice finishing touch for a sharp winter suit.”

    How to tie it: start by draping it around the back of the neck. In front, criss-cross and pull the two ends like the first part of tying your shoes. From there, it’s all about adjusting it so that the top layer drapes straight up and over the bottom one.

    If the ends are a little long, tuck them into the shirt to keep your torso warm with a clean neckline.

    “The pocket square was cut from from an old curtain in my grandma’s house. Always nice to have something with sentimental value.”

    DJ only brought one pair of socks to the shoot. They were solid yellow, and they worked with all five of his outfits.

    What can we say, the guy knows a thing or two about wearing cool socks (see his feature here).

    4. The Once Around

    Another easy one. The once-around can be worn different ways, depending on how tight you pull it.

    I love how DJ keeps it tight around the chin and buttoned into the jacket, a great way to break the chill.

    “This scarf has belonged to my dad for years. It’s a beefy, super-soft 100% Alpaca.

    If your walking into a snow storm, wrap this thing around your neck and face and you’ll be in a better mood.”

    Tweed jacket, oxford shirt, cords, bean boots. It’s all about the classics.

    Also, I love DJ’s use of color here. Fall/Winter outfits don’t have to be dark and boring.

    5. The Low Twist

    In my opinion, this is one of the strongest looks we’ve featured on Articles of Style.

    The ganster stripe suit was going so hard that during the shoot several Brooklynites stopped DJ in the street just to comment on how cool he looked.

    The loose twist is an easy, nonchalant way to ad a scarf to your look. Here, the solid navy cashmere breaks up the strong pattern of the suit and ads an element of effortlessness.

    For clarity’s sake, this is essentially the same method as the “ascot” in look 3, just with a larger scarf and looser knot.

    So where do you keep it when you’re not wearing it?

    Folded, hanging out of your jacket pocket (if you’re not carrying a bag).

    Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to DJ for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford

    • Tony Eugene Parham Jr.

      dopeness. texture. variety. elegance. spontaneous. masterful

    • Bosun @TheTasteLevel

      fantastic post! have been stuck in a rut wearing my scarve the “snood” way around my neck for years. Looking forward to switching things up thanks to TSB.

      Here are some other ways to keep warm for anyone interested!

    • TO
    • cam

      dan, shout out to michael andrews. sean hotchkiss definitely looks “boss” in the tweed suit in this month’s GQ. for sure the best of the 3!

    • TW

      I know going sockless is very trendy at the moment, but if it’s cold enough for a scarf, it’s cold enough for socks. Come on.

      • ian

        my 1st thought too. If it’s warm enough to go sockless why not wear sandals? That would have been funny. But the rest is great.

    • Jean-Noël

      Number 3 is great. Many other ways to wear scarves: see 3 examples on my blog. Thanks, as always, for inspiration.

    • Courtney

      Interesting– the “related articles” I get at the end feature another with DJ (cool), one with Marcus Allen, and one with Sabir Peele. Does your algorithm group articles racially?

      • Dan Trepanier

        haha. coincidence.

    • TO

      That close up of the blazer in look four shows it’s brilliance! Look 5 is great- definitely flash executed flawlessly. From the first shot I thought he was skating on an outdoor skating rink, and I literally expected to see skates when I scrolled down! Lol.

      Nice scarves and knots- nice feature DJ!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Haha Just a leisurely skate in my db pinstripe suit.

        I hope all is well TO!

    • Jonathan

      Before reading this I hated the fact of Corduroy blazers, now I must have one! TSB men you job well done…. Love the fact that your playing with different textures and colors….

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thx brother. Cord jacket is a great addition to the F/W wardrobe.

    • Jules

      Some great looks here but do you not think if it’s cold enough for a scarf it’s probably too cold to go sockless?

      • cam the article but no socks with a scarf is ridiculous.

      • DCRob

        Irony? His first feature on this site was about socks.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Perhaps. Or maybe the scarf keeps him just warm enough to bare a little ankle?

        • Joe

          LOL – nice response. I find the no-socks vs scarf discussion amusing. I was thinking the same thing – but I also think this when I see shorts with sweaters and/or coats. But to each their own. Great post.

    • Jakob

      Damn! That suit is just so dope! How versatile is a bold suit like that?

    • Olivia

      Looks like that corduroy blazer could use a tweak or two from the tailor;) Nice outfits though!

    • Badger

      While I like the suit in #5, with those saddle shoes it looks like a costume.

    • Jimi Brady

      Brilliant article, brilliant looks. One of my favorites.

    • Adam

      Barclays Center? Really?

      • Dan Trepanier

        Yes that’s the Barclays Center.

    • AJ

      Speechless after look 5. That outfit destroys. Nice use of different textures throughout and very inspirational!