Help Me Dress Myself: How Do I Make a Scarf Look Good?

A stylist takes us through all things scarf related, from picking out the perfect fabric to tying a knot that compliments your body shape.


Are you one of those guys who wants to look stylish but finds it doesn’t come all that naturally? We feel you. Don’t fret: With some advice from LA-based stylist Meg Gallagher, we’re all going to learn how to dress a little better. In this edition, we’ll be discussing how to wear a scarf without looking like you’ve wrapped your head in a quilt.

Step #1: Know Your Fabrics (And When to Wear Them)

“Above all, the type of scarf you choose should depend on whether you’re going to be wearing it indoors or outdoors,” Gallagher says. Obviously, you don’t want to end up wearing a scarf that’s too warm inside, or a scarf that’s not warm enough outside, so Gallagher recommends wearing either a lightweight cashmere (or if you’re feeling extra fancy, silk) scarf indoors and a bulky wool scarf outdoors.

Gallagher also suggests wearing a fine yarn scarf if you’re planning on wearing it with a suit. “You want a scarf that compliments the sophistication of the suit,” Gallagher explains. “Which is why you don’t want to put on a big, chunky scarf if you’re wearing a nice, defined suit.”

Step #2: Get Your Size Right

To avoid looking like Lenny Kravitz, Gallagher says, “The size of the scarf should be proportional to both your height and body size. You don’t want to end up wearing a massive scarf if you’re a little guy—it’s going to swallow you up and make you look even smaller.” The simplest way to figure out if a scarf is the right size for you is to hold it up to the extent of your wingspan; if it stretches exactly from your left fingertips to your right fingertips, it’s the perfect size.

Step #3: Go With a Scarf That Matches Your Eyes

We’ve previously covered how to choose colors that go together, but Gallagher says, “The simplest way to pick out a scarf as a guy is to find one that compliments your eye color.” Got green eyes? Wear a green scarf. Got blue eyes? Wear a blue scarf and so on. Make those eyes pop!

Step #4: Know Your Knots

While there are tons of ways to tie a scarf, Gallagher says basic is always better. “Unless you’re very fashion-forward, tying your scarf in a simple loop is best,” she says. Simply fold the scarf in half, hold the two ends together, then drape it around your neck. From there, slide the two tassel ends through the loop end, then tighten the knot up to your neck and voilà!

If you have a shorter than average neck, however, Gallagher suggests draping the scarf around your neck and tucking it inside your jacket. “Wrapping it around your neck is just going to add bulk to your already thicker, shorter neck,” she says. And you do want to look like you have a neck, don’t you?

If you have any questions about getting the look you want—fits, cuts, colors or anything else fashion-related—email us at We’ll have a stylist answer it in an upcoming post.