Ditch the generic stripe! Brandish’s guide to wearing scarves

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When your own boss writes that he wants to burn his stripy scarf it’s time to write a definite guide to scarves.
We featured a stripy scarf pick way back in November but we need to go back to basics. The obvious purpose of a scarf is to keep your neck warm, but sartorially speaking a scarf has a multitude of uses, jump through for our guide to the scarf, and burn that stripy scarf!

A chunky scarf adds texture to your outfit, as does a lively pattern. Women’s retailers often offer more choice than men’s so don’t be afraid to snap up a woman’s scarf if it appeals. Miso’s scarf (£10) is a first-rate shade of aubergine and the cable knit will look great against a grey coat.

A scarf can also be a block of colour which livens up your outfit (take note suit wearers!), be aware of the colour of your coat because generally speaking, the brighter the colour the worse it looks with black. Think of fuchsia or neon yellow with black; they could both look tacky unless done well. Choose a shade which is more unexpected think pumpkin, cobalt blue or forest green. Pick the right colour and it’ll liven up your winter complexion too! Burton’s giant rib scarf is a rich, vibrant red and a bargain at £10.

Using your scarf as the finishing touch to a certain outfit works really well, think of Terry Thomas‘ silk scarves, they add a dose of panache to his look. Rokit do a good selection of tartan scarves which will take your outfit from pedestrian to gentleman. Their beige and brown check scarf (£15) will add warmth to a dark outfit.

Finally if you can’t give up stripes, and why should you then go for a genuine college scarf. They’re easy to pick up from charity shops, eBay or vintage stores. Luke Eyres make custom college scarves so if you never went to Oxbridge make up your own colours and even send in a jpeg of your choice which they will turn into embroidery!