How to Rock a Scarf and Not Look like a Douche

There seems to be a recurring dilemma with straight men looking too douchey or metrosexual when it comes to fashion. Imagine it’s a hot day, so naturally you want to wear a tank top. But deep down you might feel like an extra for 21 Jump Street. And when it’s cold, you can’t exactly wear your snowboarding gear off the mountain and look fresh. Your girl probably has plenty of different scarves and plenty of ways to wear them. You don’t have as many options… which is a good thing. Here’s why:

Simplicity = Sophistication

Men’s scarves should be simple for this exact reason. Stick to a neutral pattern/color/design and you will be way ahead of the game. scarf1

Choose the right material

Cotton and linen scarves tend to look like feminine accessories. You want to look like you’re wearing the scarf out of necessity. Stick to fleece, cashmere and knit fabrics for a scruffy, masculine texture.


The right wrap

How you wrap the scarf is the main indicator of douche-baggery. Note how the gentleman on the left is rocking a more loose and effortless wrap. It’s cold as fuck but he also doesn’t give a fuck (or so he wants you to think). And on the right, the scarf is wrapped like an ascot. Who wears ascots? Douche bags. Sorry Brad.


Since my opinions as a female are a bit biased, I asked my fashion-forward boyfriend what his thoughts were on the topic.

Me: How can men wear a scarf and not look like a total douche?

Andrew: “The rest of your clothes have to also make you not look like a douche. The scarf isn’t gonna do anything if the rest of your outfit screams douche bag.”

Me: Do you have any advice on finding the perfect scarf for your style? What do you consider to be “douchey”?

Andrew: “Scarf advice #1- no sports scarves, football/baseball whatever that is extremely douchey. if you’re already riding a motorcycle and wearing aviators, for sure rock a bandana but otherwise you should upgrade because that shits like 99 cents.”

Me: How do you feel about prints?

Andrew: “I have a neck scarf with a cool black and white geometric print, got it in a bespoke one of a kind dip in lower Manhattan. Can’t wear it for every situation though, it’s mostly for hikes and bike rides to the beach. You gotta be careful or you might look like a gay bullfighter.”

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