It's an oft-forgotten mix, but the right scarf and tie can make or break a business outfit. We show you how it's done. --
Nothing shows you pay attention like the right pairing of scarf and tie. And, with the weather easing up from the apocalyptic conditions of early January, there’s no better time to show off your pattern mixing skills.
While De Niro went with stripes on stripes, we’re recommending the less obvious (and, dare we say it, more stylish) combo of checks and polka dots.
While scarf patterns go in and out of fashion (remember when stripes were stylish and then, very suddenly, weren’t?) the tartan scarf is a mainstay. This Johnstons version is a classic white and red tartan, will work well with any winter coats you have and, most importantly, costs £16. The money saved on the scarf should allow you to splurge on the tie.
Drake's are synonymous with quality, with a focus on British-made products that puts most companies to shame. They know a thing or four about ties, having launched the company with them.
This polka dot version is classic enough for any board meeting but not so fusty that you feel like you’ve raided your dad’s sock drawer.
As for the rest of the outfit? Keep it business. That means a crisp white shirt, overcoat (camel, navy or grey) and trousers for a suitably office ready look.
asos.com - Johnstons | £16
drakes-london.com - Drake's | £95