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How to Tie a Scarf Like The French

French Scarf

“You can always spot un américain because they never seem to wear scarves properly,” said a Parisian friend to me one day over un café (that’s an espresso en français). In order to fit in with the fashionably cold-weathered Europeans, it’s important to learn how bundle up like the French.

Don’t simply drape the scarf around your neck, leaving the ends hanging. This is much too American, mon cheri.


Always loop your scarf at least one full circle around your neck (the Parisian father above models the same scarf with both two loops and just one)

Do tie your loose ends after you loop around your neck

Do practice the “European Loop”:

  1. fold your scarf in half
  2. drape it around your neck with the loop on one side and both loose ends on the other
  3. pull the loose ends through the loop to tighten
  4. adjust the scarf so the loop sits in the middle of your chest or collarbone
  5. tuck the loose ends into your jacket

How do you like to tie your scarf? Do you have a favorite style? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. Very nice post! I adore how the French wear their scarves and how the Americans style things is nice as well. Everyone has something great! :)

  2. I’ll be traveling to Toulouse and Bordeaux the second week of January. I’m a 61 y.o. relatively fit man (look more in my late 40s most ppl tell me). I’ll be there for a week so any fashion/what to pack advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Great website by the way! Very informative without making me feel like a dorky tourist!

    Take care,


  3. We love that you added and explained such details of dressing for men to this site. It is true that “un Américain” either do not wear a scarf at all – barely in winter weather – but, especially for fashion. We travel to France many from the US often. (We had hoped to transplant our family there at a future time-still working on that exhaustive process.) however, prior to our first visit, we made certain that we adapted our personal wardrobe to match Parisian styles. (Difficult to locate many sites or references for men to dress Parisian. By doing so, it worked perfectly; we were immersed easily into the scene, treated more respectfully and felt part of the culture. To this day, even st home in the US, we continue to dress in the style we learned from that first trip. (Although, it is sad how simply wearing a scarf in any season is looked down on by some people.) Please continue to maintain this theme for men to learn how they can dress in Parisian style.

  4. William E. Bobb

    If a man dressed “French” in many US cities (outside New York City or San Francisco), he would be seen as a homosexual or a wimp. The French man’s style is a little too airy-fairy for red-blooded American males.

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