How to wear a scarf this Summer
While the stereotypical image of a Spring day is framed around a clear sky, bright sun and light breeze, there’s always a surprise around the corner, so it’s important that our wardrobes be equipped for it. Fortunately, the preparation isn’t all that hard, because as long as you’re carrying one key accessory, you’re guaranteed to see yourself through a drearier forecast with ease. What is it, we hear you ask? Simple: a scarf.
Specifically, a Tamaki Niime scarf – a broad selection of which has just arrived as part of our Spring/Summer 2022 collection. Inspired by nature and woven on vintage looms in Japan, the selection comes in a variety of colourways, each of which is one of a kind thanks to the traditional saki-zome technique employed upon creation. Feathery and light, it’s the perfect layer to seal your relaxed ensemble this Spring (and with its artistic appearance, an instant way to inject some colour too). If that sounds like a good idea, we suggest adding one to your basket stat, but before you do, here’s five cultural cases for men who proved the power of the broader spring accessory.
Many of our favourite style icons come from decades gone by, but that’s not to say we dismiss the wardrobe excellence of current influential figures. One in particular for a nonchalance scarf move is British horticulturist Monty Don, whose commended television series, Gardeners’ World, comes with a commended series of outfits, too. Deconstructed tailoring paired with a v-neck cardigan and raw-hemmed, asymmetrical wrapped scarf – what’s not to love?
Jazz master Miles Davis had as much flair with fashion as he did music. Case in point: this brilliantly textured ensemble, consisting of high waisted kecks, a heavily unbuttoned shirt (big yes), the sharpest peak lapel coat you ever may see, huge jet black shades and, you guessed it, a light printed scarf. All in all, proof that a patterned pop works perfectly over an abundance of diverse pieces – especially if tied in an overhand knot.
Next up, American fashion icon Gene Krell. Known for his fluency for design, creative direction and consultancy, Krell’s evolution in the clothing industry comes as no surprise once you flick through the pages of his personal wardrobe. Just look at the above image for proof: straight-cut, upturned trousers, a checked shirt, matching blazer, pocket tie and polka dot scarf. We’re especially into his relaxed way of tying that final accessory: a loose, knotted front for subtle poise.
If the weather is looking lower than usual, your style game could do a lot worse than referencing this Françoise Truffaut outfit. The French New Wave filmmaker (left) had a way with elevating classic pieces, and on this day, the key ingredient to doing so was through a scarf. Opting for a simple checked style to seal his black overcoat, he tied it in an overhand manner and pushed it to the side for a touch of insouciance. Just excellent.
While The Beatles’ collective sartorial selections were second to none, their individual style moves are equally worth praising. Take Sir Paul McCartney, who frequently brought an effortless flair to a mix of formal pieces. Here, his move was thin pinstriped trousers paired with a wide pinstripe blazer and a long, lightweight scarf (which bears strong resemblance to our current Tamaki Niime design, FYI). For the most sophisticated scarf stance this Spring, this is the reference.
Words by Faye Fearon