I think you need a really strong personality to wear one of this and look cool in the process! They always make me remember the old neighbor my grandma used to have, he had damaged cords and because of some scars caused by many surgeries he used to wear one of those neckerchiefs and his hole style was perfect! He looked like an old super inspiring painter with beige and grey clothes and the neckerchief would always be red or blue, or maybe yellow. And despise all he had went through, he always had a great smile and always said hi to us with the most cheerful face ever, therefore this neckerchiefs always bring me such good memories of such good people!
You raise a great point. For men’s accessories, in particular, I’ve always admired those who started with function and found a way to derive style after the fact. It makes the look a bit more charming and organic. And often, there are great stories that arise from these moments…rather than the simplicity of someone adding a neckerchief or bracelet because it made the outfit cute – which is just as fair!
As someone has said, neckerchiefs are so retro they can need some courage to make work. However, they are useful, keeping your neck warm and shirt collar clean. Coincidentally, I’ve been wearing one this week with a chunky Norwegian jumper to try to keep warm in a chilly London winter.