I’ll be honest, I don’t really wear ties that much. It’s not part of my lifestyle. I’m a little bit jealous of the guys who do get to wear ties – not for the sake of wearing a tie itself, but for the fun of the morning ritual of putting together a shirt/tie/suit combination.


However, I keep seing super chic gentlemen bypassing the tie for the more relaxed and modern scarf/bandana. As you can see in both of these pictures, it elevates a classic, understated look by adding just the right amount of color and pattern.


Who said understated menswear had to be boring?


Mr. Kurino (images below) is a master of this look.



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  1. bene

    March 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    NO, not really.

    Way to fĂ©minin. Better nothing then these examples of bandana’s

    Nothing tops a regular tie.


      March 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm



      • Name*

        March 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        HAHA!! Both you guys crack me up! I like the very strong opinions!

      • Simone Fraser

        January 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

        Mr Kurino always looks so fine. He is one of those who tempt me to be a transvestite.
        Sort of.


    March 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  3. Ottoman Dandy

    March 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Great point Scott, men’s neckwear can turn out miracles with a silky touch. Some time ago , I also wrote about this….Your post justifies me :) Thank you bro…


  4. liz

    March 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    such a great alternative

  5. Jennifer

    March 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I think it would take a very secure, sophisticated kinda guy to pull this off
    xo Jennifer


  6. Gian Luca M

    March 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    very alternative….

    Gian Luca M


  7. John

    March 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Scarves work better than ties in less formal situations. And far less pretentious than an ascot.

  8. Asta

    March 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Yes, this post for me! All about scarves – for me.

  9. Eva

    March 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    It really depends on who wears the tie. When my husband wears one he looks so dressed up he doesn’t look like himself any more but these gentlemen look amazing.


  10. Laura

    March 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thay’s class and more comfy!


  11. andreea

    March 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    the 2nd look is wonderful :)


  12. Sydney Francisco

    March 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, love the expression of the people! Thank you for the share Scott!


  13. Denisa

    March 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Oo, I like scarves and looks great. I would like to have that second one.


  14. Melissa

    March 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Scott, please talk to us more about this amazing Mr.Kurino.

  15. Emmy

    March 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Too cool. I actually prefer this than a tie.

  16. Reptilia

    March 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Love how it looks!!



  17. Sevan

    March 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I like ties and scarves for men as long as they wear them with confidence.
    These looks are great alternatives and the second gentleman looks very elegant in different shades of grey, with beautiful silver hair.

  18. Rob

    March 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    The king of texture.

  19. Matias

    March 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    It`s sad to see how much our societies lose by moulding their citizens under such narrow parameters.

    Coming from a very conservative Latin American country I would say that you can not really wear a scarf/bandana as the ones that Mr Kurino is showing in these beautiful images as part of your day to day uniform in what might be called the “business world”. It would immediately be tagged as gay and as a result of this, only hairdressers/fashion designers etc do it with open pleasure.

    However, things change a bit in the case depicted by the first guy (dotted green scarf) but only assuming that he is dressed casually. A piece like this would immediately be associated with the art world or a creative job and it would not be completely censored by the “invisible eyes of society” however a hint of suspicion would still be in the air after a guy like this enter into the room.

    I am writing all this in order to see if we are a unique case or-on the contrary-these kind of trends are only accepted in the big cities like NY, Rome, London and Tokio.

    Comment is Free!

    • Martine

      March 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thats probably because most guys wouldn’t wear that. But I think you are wrong. I think its a rather wonderful thing that some places still demand traditional, serious attire rather then the cornucopia of originality we see every day on the street. Theres a time and a place for being yourself, and a time and a place for being part of a bigger picture. Plus, I enjoy seeing men in suits and tie.

  20. Sylvie

    March 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    What I really love about these looks is that they feel modern, casual and can easily be translated to either sex while remaining so freaking cool! Actually, guess that’s what I love about your site. Style regardless of age, gender, race….just perfect style.

  21. KittyWrangler

    March 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I don’t understand, what is that brown jacket made of? How does it work??

  22. CBC

    March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Well…..1st photo can’t get past his haircut and beard….barley notice his scarf

  23. Martine

    March 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I love how they look, especially the guy on the bottom. But not for an office. Not at all.

  24. Maria

    March 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This trend is simply striking_out with the typical ties and in with the scarves…why not! It has a certain unexpected touch and individual appeal that captivates us!

  25. Delicate Man

    March 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing.

    Jessi J – Who you are


  26. Indelicate Man

    March 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Scarves are deceiving, ties are believing.

  27. Felyn

    March 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I love it when men wear colorful scarf. it makes them more manly.


  28. Leoraul

    March 9, 2013 at 2:21 am

    I don’t think everyone can pull this look, contrary to a tie.

  29. Berends

    March 9, 2013 at 4:32 am

    When it comes to style mr. Kurino is a master in everything.
    Feminin?? How about all these women in wrong oversized masculin clothes?

  30. Des

    March 9, 2013 at 6:04 am

    So maybe your next book can be the sum of your personal observations on timeless elements of style? Just saying… :)

  31. dottie

    March 9, 2013 at 7:42 am

    The sports coat is fabulous!

  32. Nico

    March 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

  33. The Viewfinder | Kevin van Diest

    March 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Great and unique style …
    Curious when I’ll be spottimg these scarfs on the streets for my streetstyle blog. Keeping my eyes open.


  34. Genteel Flair

    March 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Some gentlemen can just get away with utilizing items such as these; that’s what I’m more jealous of. Bit of inspiration, nonetheless.
    Do visit: genteelflair.com (Grow forward)

  35. Andy

    March 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    What’s next, high heels and miniskirts? I’ll stick with my ties, thank you very much.

    • Sister of M

      March 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I agree. I could never take someone’s masculinity seriously if they wore that. My man would have to wear a tie. What a wonderfully divisive series of pictures!

  36. Poppy Keane

    March 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Mr. Kurino should be holding Master Classes in style!


  37. Herrbergquist

    March 11, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you for posting these inspiring looks, so effortless and easy.

  38. marta

    March 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I was watching a clip from a 1969 Johnny Carson Show and he was wearing the scarf look. Not knotted but once over. And it wasn’t one of those looks that had the little ring to hold it together. I like the looks of the styles you posted but they are casual and can’t really replace a tie for business wear.

  39. Kylie

    March 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This is so amazingly genius. Mr. Kurino – Wow. I’m in love!

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