The scarf is an accessory that has accompanied man for millennia, at the beginning, as for many garments it had a mainly protective function, over time instead it has also taken on an aesthetic function. The scarf lends itself well to both summer and winter and can be combined with many styles in some cases it can also break too seriousness or enhance a more subdued style.
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history of the scarf
The scarf as mentioned above has ancient origins, the first examples are in the Roman period with the sudarium, essentially used for body cleansing. It was later used on formal occasions, and the type of cloth represented the rank at which it belonged and also the economic availability of the individual. With the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, the scarf acquires popularity among both men and women, becoming a fashion and style accessory.
Symbologies of the scarf
The scarf in addition to carrying out, as mentioned, protective and aesthetic functions also represents factions and religious beliefs. Let’s take for example the keffiyeh used by Arab and Middle Eastern peoples to communicate their Palestinian patriotism, and later also worn by young Europeans to express their support.
Or to be closer to our Western culture, let’s think of the stole, which is an essential part of Catholic liturgical clothing. The scarf it has also been used by subcultures such as hippies, rockers and even elegant mods that copy the Italian style a little. Its strength is still today communicative has remained and according to the type you wear a style and / or a symbol is transmitted.
Ways to wear it
The scarf can also take different shapes and give a different style according to how it is knotted, below is a list of the main ways to tie it:
- Simple turn: simply turn it once around the neck or if you want you can also do a double turn;
- drape: it simply consists of placing the scarf behind the neck and dropping the two flaps in front,
suitable for a dandy style and to show the whole outfit, giving that touch of class / eccentric;
- turtleneck: it simply consists of wrapping the entire scarf around the neck and hiding the two flaps;
- Ascot knot: simply tie the scarf, suitable for medium-length scarves, it lends itself well to an elegant and casual chic style;
- Parisian knot: you have to fold the scarf, put it around the neck and insert the two free edges inside the eyelet formed by the fold.
You can decide whether to leave it inside the coat or outside and to adjust the shrinkage;
- double cross knot: similar to the Parisian one, but only a flap should be inserted in the eyelet, after which a space is left for a second
eyelet with a twist, and insert the second flap.
The scarf being an accessory lends itself well to all styles, obviously what differentiates it is the style and the fabric. Generally they are in wool, cotton, linen but there are also more elegant ones in silk or velvet. Obviously the fabric of the scarf will give different effects both in shape, volumes and than in appearance.
For a classic style you have to pay close attention to the color combination, if you are not an expert it is better to stay on the solid color, and also on the type of fabric and effect. For example, a silk suit with a linen or hemp scarf will lose its luster / elegance, but it can also be a way to break his “seriousness”. There are also oversized scarves that exceed two meters in length, suitable for an above all ethnic style, to match for example with a kimono or a nice caftan. For those who always focus on the classic can wear it with a trench coat, a duffle coat or an elegant blazer. If you are a lover of street style and a little bit rebellious, it is better to aim for the combination of sweatshirt and dungarees or a leather jacket. In conclusion, the scarf is an accessory which can take many shapes and styles, and therefore it is good to give space to the imagination without losing style.