Men’s Accessories Part I: Scarves

Lupe Fiasco loves sportin’ scarves

I often meet guys who feel like their style needs more. . .they like the way they dress, but they want to be able to stretch their look- meaning they want to be able to wear the same outfit in different ways. Well, the best way to diversify your style is to add accessories. The most basic accessory is a belt, but that’ s more of a necessity. . .we’ll talk about belts another day.

Below are the accessories that can enhance any man’s look if worn properly, I will write about each of the accessories one or two at a time over the next few weeks:

1. Scarves
2. Ties
3. Hats
4. Suspenders/Braces
5. Shades
6. Glasses
7. Out-of-the-box accessories

Lets start with Scarves.

Scarves have hit the hip-hop scene hard ever since Pharrell, Lupe, and Kanye began wearing them and it’s a trend that will be around for awhile. I know there are some people who are getting tired of see people sporting the same black and white “arab scarf”, but hey “what are you gonna do”, lol. . . I think it’s cool to have a scarf or two around, it’s something extra to have in your wardrobe and it almost instantaneously gives you a “hollywood look”.

It seems like every male celebrity wears scarves these days:

Pharrell tends to rock designer scarves only

Lil Wayne has been wearing scarves alot recently, above he’s
at the BET Awards after party. He wore a red and white scarf
during his latest MTV performance of “A millie”

Jay-Z

Jermaine Dupri and Chris Brown

Kanye West

Kanye West

Like I somewhat mentioned earlier, the basic scarf in the “arab scarf”, it comes in a variety of colors usually black and a bright color. I think this is a good choice for men who want to play it safe, but remember that “arab scarves” worn by men usually give off a more hip-hop look.

Those who want a classic and clean look should avoid that type of scarf. Focus on getting silk-type scarves that are more neutral in color and that you could possibly wear years from now. This scarf is and should be timeless in look and it’s the type I highly recommend for Urban Gentleman.

Alexis Phipher & Kanye West

You can buy these scarves anywhere and everywhere now. . .I recommend 3 places:

1.) Amazon.com – they have a great variety for great prices
2.) Mall (from GAP to Urban Outfitters)- you will be able to find the trendiest styles at your local mall.
3.) your local thrift store – shopping here allows you to be unique, if you spend the time searching you could possibly find a designer scarf for a really really really cheap price.

Check out these scarves:

For in-store designer scarves: Barneys and Neiman Marcus
(scarves are often seen as either unisex or for women in the retail world, so you may have to visit the women’s accessories area to find these types scarves.)

You can now buy the EXACT scarves Lil’Wayne and Kanye West wear (plus many more) at The Urban Gentleman Store, click HERE.

J a c i n d a of The Urban Gentleman

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7 Comments


  1. Right now scarves are my favorite party of my outfit! In the fall I like my shoes and my scarves to go together! So im determined to find the hooded pullover scarf that Chris Brown wears in the video Head of My Class. I believe its D&G but i want it!!!

  2. i was wondering how i time my scarf and what kind of shirt to wear it with plz contact me at foxman1069@yahoo.com

  3. Honestly, I usually rock womens scarves. If you wear the scarf with a funky twist, and make sure the rest of your fit comes off prety masculine, you’re good. My ex-girlfriend/friend buys a lot of scarves from spots on Melrose, I usually just steal a scarf out of her closet everytime I go to her spot. LoL, she thinks her sister is stilling her scarves. But anyways, if you can style it right, you can definetely wear womens scarves. I have no shame in my game. Besides, most women tell me they like my style, they love to see a dude rocking a scarf.

  4. SkippyPeanutButterinDC

    I’m a big fans of scarves for men too…Great accessory indeed!! And I love your blog..I’m now hooked on it.

    -Mitchell

  5. It's 2010 are scarves still trendy? Just wondering because I have been nervous about incorporating them in my wardrobe in the past and hope it is not to late to start now.

  6. Let’s be honest, the “scarves” worn by many hip-hop icons are really shemagh, also known as a keffiyeh. It is actually a traditional arab headress. More importantly, it has been linked to Palestinian nationalism. It’s wear in the west as a “scarf” started with trending military clothing for fashion and females. After fighting in a “war” (multiple times), I find this quite offense to wear for “fashion” something worn for safety/survival (from/during sandstorms).

    Did I mention it was worn by females? Not to say that female fashion does not trend over to male fashion, but let’s get serious. Maybe I have a more utilitarian look at fashion, but if you wear a scarf, of any kind, you should probably look at functionality; otherwise, you may look just plain silly. Many overdo it when it comes to this.

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