As you pull on the layers to prepare for the freezing conditions this winter, don’t neglect the scarf. If you haven’t adopted the cold weather accessory in the past, you’ll be blown away once you realize how crucial that little exposed neck window can be. I myself was a scarf refractor until a few years ago, thinking they were too stuffy literally and aesthetically, but now that I’ve seen how important it is to keep your neck off I don’t will never go back.
Once you’ve decided to commit to the scarf, it’s time to decide which type is right for you. Even if you are skeptical of your ability to be successful, you will find that, like most things, the key is simply to own whatever you choose. A classic line of collegiate striped or majestic tartan wool is a cheat code to make you look better. If you’re more into the gorp look, a puffy scarf learns from outdoor gear to a fluffy scarf that is best suited for city life. And if you’re really looking to show off, go for something more dazzling of a more current brand type.
To help get you started on your quest for proper neck protection, we’ve rounded up a range of scarves that will keep you warm and impress others. The investment can go from minor to major, but nothing should stop you from wearing the good for years and years to come.
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We love the liveliness of red and white here on this collegiate striped scarf, or silent, but the ancestor of the Shaggy Dog sweater has a plethora of other color options at an unbeatable price.
If turn-of-the-century prep isn’t your thing, jump into the future with this detailed knit scarf from Byborre. The Dutch brand uses technology to program remarkably intricate designs, and here they’ve teamed up with Henk Schiffmacher to put their artwork around your neck in three dimensions.
Acne’s long-standing dedication to stunning scarves and beanies has made them the king of haute couture winter accessories. There’s really no shortage of the Swedish label in this area, but we fell in love with this daring and uneven mix of pink and blue in particular.
$ 270 is a deadly entry point into Spain’s reigning luxury home – and that won’t get you a cheap token, but a scarf that’s as striking as it is soft with that choice leather patch.
Woolrich is perhaps best known for its wool, uh, but it also has a great way with the quilted nylon that you would typically see in mid-layer jackets. With the help of Aimé Leon Dore, the resistance to wind and water is made to appear timeless.
424 designer Guillermo Andrade constantly taps into black and Latin street culture, and this oversized paisley scarf takes the bandana to new levels.
Stone Island’s rain camouflage remix looks more digital than wet, and it’s the perfect anchor for your technical winter look. Best of all, there’s no Stoney patch you have to insist on keeping or removing.
Turning The North Face’s iconic Nuptse puffer jacket into a scarf is downright ludicrous, but enough people are willing to wrap themselves completely in down that this piece is sold out almost everywhere.