Over the Shoulder Scarf Toss

With winter just around the corner and temperatures taking a definite turn towards the lower half of the thermometer, it’s time to break out the scarves. During the late-fall and winter months, there is no better or more stylish accessory to kick any outfit up a notch than a great scarf. There are many ways to tie a scarf and here is one of the easiest: the over the shoulder scarf toss.

Plaid Scarf - He Spoke Style

Because of its low warmth factor, a scarf is best worn using the over the shoulder method when it’s not terribly cold out. In fact, when worn like this, a scarf acts more as a stylish accent or accessory rather than serving its practical purpose. Think of it as you would a pocket square—use it to pull the elements of a look together and add just a bit of pop.

Plaid Scarf - He Spoke Style

The over the shoulder scarf toss is extremely simple to execute. Start with it around your neck with one end falling just slightly below your belt line. Take the other end, toss it over your shoulder allowing it to drape liberally around your neckline, and you’re good to go. This type of scarf tie works best with medium-length scarves. If a scarf is too short you won’t get the nice drape and if it’s too long it will appear unbalanced.

Plaid Scarf - He Spoke Style

Plaid Scarf - He Spoke Style

This Look: Grey tweed blazer by Brooks Brothers (part of suit, similar here and here) – Red crew neck sweater by J.Crew – White button down shirt by J.Crew – Selvedge denim jeans by A.P.C. (New Standard) – Red and black plaid scarf c/o Banana Republic (also try this one) – White pocket square by Nordstrom – Black leather belt c/o Banana Republic – Watch with black leather strap by Timex – Dark brown wingtip dress boots c/o Allen Edmonds (Dalton)

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • http://downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com Leslie

    Love the scarf and dress boots!


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for reading, Leslie.

  • http://www.bucketsandspadesblog.com Matthew Pike

    The jeans are wearing nicely man.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      I agree. Three years on and they’re still getting better. Thanks, as always, Matthew.

  • http://www.junorlaw.com Junorlaw

    very stylist! I especially love how you style it with a red check scarf that matches your red knitwear!


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the comment. And thanks for reading.

  • http://www.tedwilliamsmenswear.com Men’s Clothing

    Brian, I’ve been browsing through your blog and been commenting on a few of your posts- I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon it. it’s made my day- our own blog could do with being like this! In regards to the above- the over the shoulder scarf tie is a personal favourite of mine, I’ve been doing it for a long time- it’s got a great dapper appeal.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      That’s really great to hear. Thanks so much for the compliments and thanks for reading.

  • Seth Nelson

    Over the shoulder seems very simple, and looks great! I’ve also seen pictures of you wearing them partially under a blazer, and that looks good and seems to have more of a warming affect. I like that. With my long scarves, I’ve been able to wrap it around my neck and have enough for the ends to hang down inside my coat to close gaps. It may have looked a little goofy, and I probably should have been wearing a thicker coat instead. But I do like it when clothing style can also be functional.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Yes, I like to wear my thinner scarves inside of a blazer. Just a bit of accent, just a bit of warmth.