THE SUMMER SCARF: YOUR EASY SUMMER UPGRADE

Ah, the summer scarf: a seemingly paradoxical accessory, traditionally meant to keep your neck warm in cold weather, while summer is typically too hot for scarves. However, Britain rarely experiences sweltering springs or long, hot summers, on those unseasonably cool days, a light silk or cotton scarf can effortlessly add flair to your outfit, as incorporating a summer scarf into your wardrobe is a subtle yet effective way to elevate your style.

Whether you opt for a silk scarf, a cotton neckerchief, or something in between, there are versatile options for every occasion, and the key is to choose lightweight, breathable fabrics that won’t add unnecessary heat but will add a pop of colour or an interesting pattern to your look. Silk scarves are a luxurious addition to any summer outfit, their smooth texture and subtle sheen make them ideal for both casual and formal settings. Pair a silk scarf with a crisp white shirt and chinos for a pretty cool yet relaxed look. Alternatively, drape it over a light blazer for an evening out as the beauty of silk is that it adds an element of sophistication without being overly flashy.

Casual cool for a more casual approach, consider a cotton neckerchief, as this smaller, square-shaped scarf can be tied in various ways to suit your style, wrap it loosely around your neck and tuck it into an open-collared shirt for a laid-back vibe. The neckerchief is perfect for weekend outings or a casual day at the office, adding just enough flair to make you stand out without trying too hard. For a more understated look, tuck the ends under your collar, we’re calling this a “cache-col” (neck hider), but it also works perfectly as a tie replacement when one isn’t necessary.

The knack of styling is the way a small addition can upgrade an otherwise boring outfit, you just need too simply find the perfect balance between a cinched tie and an open collar, and suddenly, the rest of your outfit is elevated to a whole new level. Yes, it takes some confidence to pull this off, but fortune and fashion favour the bold. There are three ways to try it, and you’ll find a fit, no matter your style or expertise. Soon, you’ll exude the panache that most guys only achieve after a year abroad, without any of the pretension. It’s not exactly cheating, but it sure feels like it.

Our advice? If the temperature is below 23°C, you’ll likely be comfortable wearing a summer scarf. If you decide to embrace the trend, choose one in a tonal shade and wear it beneath the lapel of your jacket. This will add depth and texture to your outfit. Oh, and avoid anything jazzy like the plague and that’s a rule for life, not just for scarves. The new summer scarf is richly coloured and patterned, with a silky texture that’s a far cry from the skinny, gauzy versions popular a few years ago.

Final thoughts: A summer scarf can be a versatile and stylish addition to your wardrobe, providing both practicality and a touch of elegance. Whether you choose silk for sophistication or a neckerchief for casual cool, the key is confidence, embrace this trend, experiment with different styles, and enjoy the effortless flair a summer scarf can bring to your look.

Silk scarves are a luxurious addition to any summer outfit. Their smooth texture and subtle sheen make them ideal for both casual and formal settings. Pair a silk scarf with a crisp white shirt and chinos for a refined yet relaxed look. Alternatively, drape it over a light blazer for an evening out. The beauty of silk is that it adds an element of sophistication without being overly flashy.