Winter Scarves: The Bigger, The Bigger
December 11th, 2011
Outerwear is getting heavier here in NYC, but it’s not the dead of winter yet.
With the proper use of fabrics and accessories, you can mix up your layers and keep the not-fucking-around parkas in the closet for a bit longer.
I’ve been looking for the “perfect” chunky scarf for a couple years now, and I think I finally found it. Introducing Yokoo Scarves. She knits every piece in her Etsy store by hand in the color of your choice and the results are amazing. Chunky, soft, durable and most importantly, very warm.
Here the beautiful Karyn and I styled 3 different Yokoo styles.
1. The Every Day Chunky
The “Ex Boyfriend” is the perfect size for everyday use. Pick one up in a a neutral color (like this one in”oatmeal”) and you’ll find yourself wearing it day in and day out. Truth is, Karyn and I have been wearing these things since the day we got them – we could probably style them in a hundred different ways.
Bonus Tip: There are dozens of ways to tie a scarf (more on this to come). One of the easiest and least fussy is one loose wrap over the jacket. Perfect for a laid-back outfit.
Bonus Tip II: Grey footwear is very underated. In a classic shape (like these chunky longwings) with a neutral bottom, it’s a shoe that stands out from the crowd and is more versatile than you might expect. Post on this coming soon.
- Oatmeal hand-knit scarf by Yokoo Scarves
- Burgundy trench coat by Burberry London
- Grey leather wingtips by Florsheim
- Grey flannel check shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
- Marled socks by Lands End
- Indigo denim jeans by JCrew
2. The Oversized Super Scarf
Can a scarf be too big? Not in my opinion, just wrap it one more time!
There’s something about being bundled under a giant cozy scarf that puts me at ease. It’s funny because you feel like a baby wrapped in a blanket but the confidence the look emits is strong and almost intimidating.
Bonus Tip: With a scarf this large, you can find countless ways to wear it. Try finding your own, just remember that it’s better done naturally and not overthought.
Bonus Tip II: This one is so big that if you’re sitting outside (like on a recent boat tour that Karyn and I took) you can actually sit together and share this thing. A nice excuse to get that girl to cuddle up next to you ;)
Bonus Tip III: A dress boot might be the best investment you make all season. I’ve been wearing these new joints from Allen Edmonds for a week straight, with just about everything.
- Grey flannel glen plaid suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Burgundy knit chunky scarf by Yokoo
- Leather wingtip boots by Allen Edmonds
- Brown leather briefcase by Frank Clegg Leatherworks
- White cotton pocket square
- Brown woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard
3. The “Warmer” Circle Scarf
I’ve always liked donut scarves, but they usually seem too loose and saggy, especially after some wear. Yokoo’s “Warmer” holds its shape and stands tall – keeping you warm and giving you a little street swagger.
Bonus Tip: If you’re in the market for a leather jacket, look vintage! They’re a fraction of the price and already have the beat-up character that add to their charm.
Bonus Tip II: Black waxed jeans and black velvet tassel loafers? My ideal fit for an afternoon or night in downtown Manhattan. The words urban elegance come to mind.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I rely on these things to keep me warm during my cold commutes from the East village to the fashion district for menswear design school…
Thanks, as always, for reading – and special thanks again to Yokoo!
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford