A 2,200 Years Old Legacy for Men

This might be the most uncommon title of a fashion-related post that I ever came up with. Some of you might raise your eyebrows, wondering what’s the manly 2,200 years old tradition.We’ll get there later.

Being quite a fashion geek that I am, I’m always keen to find out what’s the current trend and to try new things so that I don’t end up stuck pulling off the same look over and over again.

So I constantly check out GQ or Hypebeast to get some inspiration, and last week here is what I found: neck scarf for men.

Men from around the world wearing Neck Scarves during Fashion Week as snapped by Tommy Ton (one of my favorite street photographers)

I have tried wearing round hat, I’ve tried monochrome trend, I’ve tried different kind of pants from jogger to chinos to rolled up pants, I’ve tried wearing different kind of shoes from sneakers to loafers, I’ve tried pulling off men’s clutch and menbun trend, but I’ve never tried this one before.

So, I decided to give it a try. I asked some friends where to get this neck scarf thing, most of them recommended Kana Goods to me. Kana is a local handmade natural dyed goods available in The Goods Dept, Pacific Place and at STOW Store, Jl Panglima Polim IX No 16.

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My essentials: Lennon’s shades. Aark Collective watch. Kana’s Indigo Scarf.

Now, back to the title above.

I didn’t really have the guts to actually pull off this whole neck scarf look at first. Although, I’m pretty sure if my favorite fashion icon, James Dean’s still alive he’d encourage me to just go with it.

WWJDD. What would James Dean do, I thought to myself.

I decided to dig some historical information about this and I was really surprised with what I got. According to: http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/mens-scarves-history/, scarf (or variations such as the necktie and cravat) have been in our wardrobes for over two millennia. It’s a manly 2,200 years old tradition.

Another reason why James Dean would support this look, and the more reason why I should do it, because over 80 generations of men have done it with gusto.

Besides, life’s short, be a hipster. Or whatever you want to be.

Wearing the legacy with confidence.

So last Sunday, as DR & I went out exploring some areas in Jakarta for our ootd photo, I tried the look.

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James Dean must be proud of me
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DR’s also being unusually fashionable with his round hat and leather boots
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Accidentally twinning with our Lennon’s shades

Enough with the rockabilly look. When we moved on to the next spot, we decided to go street style and changed our outfit. This time it’s all about sweaters, kicks, snapback and beanie.

We had fun strolling around finding more and more good spots for taking photos

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Meet your authors.
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Tryin out DR’s new Penny Board
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Sorry I booked the whole place just for me.

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)


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