How to Tie a Scarf When it’s Really Cold

January 25th, 2013


Hey Articles of Style Men,

Quick question: What’s your go-to scarf knot when it’s REALLY cold out? I’m trying to stay as warm as possible.

Please keep up the awesome work!

Articles of Style:

Excellent question. A scarf is only as warm as the knot you tie.

Here myself, Towni and Wes show you our favorite knots for staying warm during those “f-ck it’s cold!” days.

Hope this helps player.


How to tie a scarf for men with style

This hand-knit “Soopascarf” by Yokoo is an absolute beast.

I call this knot the once-around ascot:

1-4. Once around the neck, keeping it high and tight on the chin.
5. If you get the proportions right after the once-around, one end should dangle slightly longer than the other.
6. Pass the slightly longer end over, behind, up and around the slightly shorter end (like the first part of tying your shoes).
7. Pull tight.
8. Adjust the top end so that it sits flat over the bottom end (similar to tying an ascot).
9. Fasten both hanging ends inside your jacket.
10. Pop lapels to seal in body heat.


How to tie a scarf for men with style

Just an average-sized wool scarf in a versatile shade of olive.

The knot is the classic noose loop:

1-2. Fold scarf in half.
3-4. Wrap folded scarf around the back of neck.
5-6. Pass both ends together through the folded loop.
7-8. Pull tight.
9-10. Adjust scarf so it sits high on the neck/face.


How to tie a scarf for men with style

This fringed houndstooth scarf has been in my family for as long as I can remember.

I call this knot the donut tuck:

1-6. Wrap scarf around neck twice.
7-10. Tuck the loose ends up, over and behind both wrap-arounds. Simple, symmetric, secure.

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Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford.

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  • Tommy

    I’ve never been a scarf guy, even bouncing around between Boston and Toronto. But that Soopascarf looks cozy as hell…

  • Jase

    Hey Dan,

    How long exactly is that scarf in the first knot? Thanks

  • Ella

    I like your beenie Towni!

  • DK

    Tried number one today and even though it took 5 attempts it was totally worth it. Really helpful for this terrible Syracuse weather…probably going to go somewhere a little warmer for grad school.

  • Wieczorek

    And where’s Alex? After seeing his buzzcut, I’m wondering whether he just throws the scarf around his neck or lets his girlfriend tie it.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Hahahaha. Buuurrn

    • Alex Crawford

      • John

        Perfect comeback!
        The noose knot is my go-to. I like that ascot one, but I feel it looks better with thicker (and maybe longer) scarves.

  • Harry

    Great article, thank you for another great update!
    I’ve also been wondering if you had any tips for warm jackets, with a bit more style than the “usual” down jacket.
    The ones I’ve usually come across is either not warm enough or to “baggy”.

    Greetings from a Norwegian-follower,
    who currently is “enjoying” -15 degrees fahrenheit.

  • Henri

    I have to use a scarf almost the year because I’m from a tropical paradise aka Finland. If I’m wearing a peacoat I almost always go with the noose loop. It’s not the warmest knot, but very classy. I also use the ‘donut tuck’, but sometimes when I wanna go more casual I leave at step 6. Again, not so warm, but looks good.

    But the first knot on the other hand presented by Dan looks warms af. I’m not really a fan of the look of it and overly chunky scarfs overall, but when temperature drops to a pleasant -20 celcius I’ll give that one a go for sure.

    Quality post yet again. Cheers!

  • Sam

    Wes: I do that knot all the time, but never thought to tuck the ends under (I usually leave it at step 6. Thanks for the tip!

  • Edgar Morales

    Oh, thanks, that’s so helpfull. Saludos!