Men’s scarf guide part 10

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Men’s scarf guide part 10

Tips on how to spot a quality scarf, number 4:

Do a burn test. Unfortunately, many scarves are mislabelled, and sometimes they contain artificial fibers although the tag claims, 100% silk, pashmina, silk, wool, etc. The only practical way to know the material composition is to have it tested in a lab which is time intensive and costly. If you have a little sample or a fringe, you can always do the burn test. Natural materials burn differently and smell differently. Some scarves may be blended, but you will always know if you have some artificial fibers in your scarf if it looks like it is melting and if it smells like burned plastic.

Scarf maintenance:

Once you are done wearing your scarf, fold it and let it lay flat or hang, but do not just stuff it on your coat pocket. I find folding is the easiest, most convenient way. When you are out and about, hang the scarf over the coat hanger and do not just stuff it in your sleeve because that is how most scarves get lost. If your scarf gets wrinkles, you can steam iron it gently at low heat. If you want to ensure not to ruin the surface, use a thin cotton cloth in between the iron and the scarf. Sometimes simple steam from a steamer or an iron will do the trick. Do not wash your scarves in the laundry, even though some newer machines have gentle cycles and cashmere programs. Either bring them to the dry-cleaner or handwash the scarf using supersaturated liquid soap. Gently press the water from washed cashmere (do not wring it) and let it air-dry hanging up. The weight of the water will ensure it will dry wrinkle-free. Do not put it in the clothes dryer. Scarves have long been an integral and important part of neckwear for both men and women. Today, just as in past years, the scarf is an exceptionally popular way for men to add personal flair to their wardrobe.

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