Winter is fast approaching. The onslaught of couple’s Instagram posts at a pumpkin patch or apple orchard that were recently overtaken by Halloween photos are going to be replaced. Pictures of girls in winter coats glancing at snow-covered trees with their backs turned and girls with one leg up on ice skates kissing their significant other on the cheek will become the new norm. There’s only a few weeks left before the snow comes, but it’s not too late to get out there and buy the clothing item that will take your winter style to the next level. Don’t let any preconceived notions hold you back – embrace the scarf.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t always a big scarf guy. I subscribed to the same ridiculous scarf biases that many of my peers currently do. I thought scarves were dumb, didn’t provide value, and effeminate. Oh, how wrong I was. Last winter, I received a couple of unsolicited scarves from my amazing Grandmother, and I can safely say they changed my life.
The first thing I noticed as a new scarf user is that they actually do serve a purpose. The winter here in Boston has a tendency to be, for lack of a better term, cold as fuck. The wind used to whip through any unprotected parts of my body and freeze me straight down to my soul. In a futile attempt to be a tough guy, I had convinced myself that this didn’t bother me – I could take it, I wasn’t actually cold, and I was a bigger man because of my ability to withstand the winter weather without protection. After putting on that first scarf and plunging my body into the sub-freezing temperatures outside last winter, I realized what I was missing out on. Wool, alpaca, cashmere, whatever your fabric of choice – the scarf effectively insulates your neck from the harsh effects of winter.
It also serves another far more important purpose: separating you from the pack. In a world where many men’s style or outfits are just narrowly different from being the same, adding a scarf to the mix is a great way to make that girl you’re into look past your minor alcohol problem and expanding waistline, because you have an air of sophistication about you. You don’t run with the pack, you’re a lone wolf with a passion for style and flair, and quite frankly, you’re not afraid to show it. You’re a scarf man now, and that means something.
If you’re still skeptical, don’t be. You don’t even have to make that much of an investment to try out the scarf life. Head over to your nearest discount retail store and pick one up in the pattern of your liking for just a few bucks. What are you waiting for? Winter is coming, and it’s high time you tried out the scarf for yourself. Once you do, you’ll never go back. .