This Esquire illustration helped make me hesitant about summer scarves. Plenty of men have been photographed wearing scarves to fill their jacket vee in warm weather, but I couldn't get my mind around the idea of a man wearing a scarf on an airplane. Especially in company with a passenger wearing a pith helmet. It was just too André Leon Talley for me (nothing against Mr. Talley but he is far more fashion forward than I).
In life of course, until recently things never got to the point of deciding whether one could wear a summer scarf. The most determined shopper would have had difficulty finding something that looked as if it would stand up to a little sweat without putting him in danger of heat stroke. But that has changed now. Modern textile technology has made summer scarves that are light as air.
Summer scarves are back. But you should not wear them when travelling with anyone wearing a pith helmet.