What Makes the Ultimate Men's Scarf?

Published: 05th December 2011
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Itís an age old question that has obviously haunted everyone; keeping men and women alike awake at some point in their lives. ĎIf I could only have one, what would the ultimate menís scarf be like?í Now a question of this magnitude needs breaking down into smaller pieces or else we will be swamped up in the complexities that surround it.

To being with, we need to consider what exactly a scarf needs to do. In the simplest terms the menís scarf hangs around the neck in order to keep the cold out. However, this can get quite tricky as there is the potential for an item solely intent on banishing every last goose-bump to turn into a yoke with the weight of the material involved. On the other hand, a scarf created for lightness will be far too small and thin to be of much use, so a compromise must be made between comfort, insulation and size in order to achieve success.

In order to achieve the maximum flexibility for the ultimate menís scarf, the size must allow it to be large enough to fold over the width in half and still be able to wrap round your neck twice, covering it completely (If you are looking for exact measurements, a minimum of 150x25cm should see you through). This gives you enough material to play with the ability to tie it into different knots and shapes for whatever you require; thin or thick, draped or tight, tied or wrapped.

Now comes the tricky bit Ė deciding what material the ultimate menís scarf should be made out of in order to look good, keep you warm, and not be too heavy. Personally, I champion natural fibres over synthetic Ė while they may need more looking after they are softer, breathable and with a look and feel that is inherently far more luxurious than any possible acrylic or polyester blend.

Wool is a very good insulator Ė it traps the air between the fibres well and provides a good block from the wind. This is something that cotton and linen fail to do well at all, for they are too light to keep you warm enough for the winter; for a practical example, how many good linen and purely cotton winter coats do you own and how thick and heavy are they because of it? Similarly, while silk scarves are very good for mild temperatures Ė keeping you cool when it is hot and vice versa, when the temperature really drops it does not do very well. Nonetheless, there are lots of different types of wool, with varying thickness of fibres which, as you might expect, drastically affects the weight.

The thinner the individual strand, the lighter the overall menís scarf will be, while still retaining the warmth necessary to keep out the cold. This is all backed up by science too. Cashmere with a good insulating density weighs around 200 grams per square metre, where to achieve the same thermal properties you are looking at 350 gsm for wool and about 300 for merino wool.
The unexpected benefit of having such thin fibre is that it not only increases the comfort by reducing the overall weight, but it proportionately increases the overall softness of any woven piece too. While I donít like to admit it, the neck is quite a sensitive area; and I doubt anyone would pick an ultimate menís scarf that was scratchy and irritating.

This softness translates into an interesting finish that can look sleek and textured at the same time, creating interest or uniformity depending on what you team it with. The fine cashmere hairs are not as noticeable when they are out of place as thicker wool would meaning that it is smart at all times, while the immutable softness can also be used to dress down an outfit. Cashmere helps the ultimate menís scarf, as a single item, bridge into several different styles, situations and territories.

The problems of cashmere are its expense and the delicate nature of its upkeep. Nevertheless if the ultimate menís scarf has the ability to be useful in so many situations then it increases its bearing Ė if it takes the place of three or four individual scarves and the subsequent hassle of deciding which is best to use it may be worth the extra cost. The fragility of the hair is something that can be a deal breaker too Ė but all I can say to that is if you value the item, you will end up looking after it.

To start you on your search, Click Here for a wide selection of menís scarves, and other luxury accessories.

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Toby Alexander at Black.co.uk
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Email: toby@black.co.uk
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