Thursday, December 30, 2010
When it is cold, the chest is potentially the most exposed part of a man's body after his face and that is the practical side of why we wear scarves. Tossed about decoratively much of the time, when temperatures plunge the scarf has the serious responsibility of covering a chest opening that might otherwise have nothing but undershirt and dress shirt between skin and cold air.
Silk scarves are the more decorative but less warm choice. All-silk scarves act as wind breaks but should probably not be depended on for warmth when the wind chill is below freezing. Silk is tightly woven and does not trap warm air in the weave, so it does not warm the skin. Cashmere or merino on the other hand does trap air and once that air heats up to body temperature can actually wear too warm when the sun shines and winds stop blowing. They and, better still, their silk backed cashmere relations come into their own below zero (-20 C).
Place the cashmere side against your neck and show the silk to the world, keeping your chest covered.