By now, we are all painfully familiar with tried and tested outfit combinations – overused to the point of becoming stale and devoid of any power to make an impression. In particular, the one we here at FashionBeans are all guilty of is the blazer and chinos combo, which has been exhausted despite all its colour, texture and pattern variations.
Whilst these classic pairing form the base for many a great outfit, a lot of us guys fail to build on this promising start by ensuring the look is our own through accessories.
Turning to Italy’s recent Pitti Uomo fashion fair, the most stylish menswear event of the year, one accessory stood head and shoulders above the rest – the lightweight scarf. A trend that has been building for the last couple of spring/summer seasons, the lightweight scarf is the perfect finishing tough to any outfits, providing a shot of flair and character into any look.
With this in mind, this Two-Tone Degrade Foulard from ZARA’s new mid-season collection is perfect for those early adopters of the trend this year. The colour blocked scarf will complement a wide variety of blazers due to its neutral color and textured materials, whilst the size of the scarf allows it to be used in various ways to evoke sophistication, drama, nonchalance or extravagance just by changing some of the pieces you are working with.
For a sprezzatura, Italian-like flair, simply drape the long scarf around your neck, leaving it to hang loosely as you go on with your day. When it gets too hot, casually stuff it into your blazer pocket, letting it dangle freely for an unexpected flash of colour on the structured jacket.
If you really want to emulate a typical Uomo look, ditch your chinos for slim denim, put on a pair of loafers and flash your ankles – then finish the whole thing with the foulard in a Parisian or four-in-hand knot for dash of confidence.
The ZARA foulard is 56% acrylic and 44% viscose, creating an interesting mix of textures between the two distinct coloured sections. It retails at £19.99, which is a great deal for such a versatile accessory. Every style-conscious man needs a quick go-to scarf for all occasions, and this minimal oversized two-tone foulard is the perfect option.
You can get your hands on one at Zara.