hermes silk scarf

A silk scarf, tied any way, is a great way to recreate the contrast achieved by a suit and tie and keep the neck warm. The sheen of this Hermes silk scarf contrasts particularly nicely with the deep texture of a Shetland sweater. 

It can be worn with a shirt or T-shirt, although with a shirt I prefer it outside the collar. For someone like me with a relatively long neck, it also fills the gap nicely between sweater and chin. 

This is tied in a square knot. There is a myriad of other knotting techniques, however. I wrote about a few of my favourites a while ago, and any search for Hermes scarf tying will bring up dozens of examples – including the Silk Knots app.

Most start with a fold into the centre to create a strip (pli de base), or a simple fold in half to form a triangle. My favourites not mentioned in the older post, and which work better for covering the neck more warmly, are the plait (Hermes calls it a ‘criss-cross’ – it works with any long scarf) and the cowboy. All below – click to enlarge. 

And I’m hoping everyone’s man enough to deal with the fact that these are illustrated for women


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Photo: Luke Carby