There are few accessories more adept at providing warmth than a balaclava as it covers the parts of your face that a scarf can't get to. Well, that was until TikTok users found a way of creating the must-have accessory from a scarf.
Twisting and tying your scarf in a range of knots, the neat trick makes your neckwear wrap around your face in a way that mimics a balaclava. No matter how many times we watch people manage to create the balaclava effect with their scarves, the end result still seems like some sort of alchemy.
It seems that Angus Cloud, the actor who plays Fez (aka Euphorias underrated style icon), has also become enchanted by the trick while scrolling his FYP. Showing that it isn't only a winter-time hack, the actor recently wrapped a silk scarf from Burberry around his face along with a matching shirt and shorts from the British heritage brand — as shown above.
While Cloud is the first who we have seen create one from a scarf, balaclavas have become a favorite style of many celebrities. Worn by the likes of Ye, A$AP Rocky, and Beyonce, the provocative piece of headwear has been everywhere.
As with so many other trends, a lot of its success can be traced back to Raf Simons. Back when he was creative director at Calvin Klein (R.I.P. Calvin Klein 205W35NYC), the designer's Fall 2018 collection included a range of knitted and reflective balaclavas that could be found on A$AP Rocky. This triggered us to look at balaclavas through a different lens.
Since then, there has been a range of balaclava styles hitting the market, with the hand-knitted style that Raf dropped back in 2018 remaining popular. Label's from A-Cold-Wall* to Marni have put their spin on the item while Stone Island took it up a notch with its technical offering.
However, we're thinking of skipping on those and going for TikTok's fashion hack.
While you can do the trick any old scarf, you will want to make sure to rock your finest neckwear when using it for such a statement. Here are the favorite scarves we want to be turning into balaclavas this winter.
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