Though easily overlooked, a scarf is an incredibly useful tool when it comes to battling the elements. Even though it may seem like just a flimsy, narrow piece of fabric, it’s not to be forgotten. The scarf covers that difficult-to-protect area around your neck. The one that your collar just doesn’t quite reach.
Recently fashion designers have been reimagining, what in its essence, the scarf does. That means previously unseen materials have been applied to scarves. For example, the down-filled puffer material, creates a scarf that is more adept in harsh, freezing climates. There has been the application of fleece to the scarf, which in part because it is a warm, insulating material but also because it is super trendy right now. We’re all about fleece, lately.
From preppy to streetwear, puffer to cashmere and affordable to eye-leaking, these are the best men’s scarves to wrap up warm this winter in.
1. Todd Snyder Collegiate Striped Scarf in Green
The perennially sharp New York-based brand Todd Snyder has outsourced their scarf supply to excellent British brand Drake’s. This luxurious scarf is three-quarters traditional wool and a quarter Angora wool. The Angora wool is from the Angora rabbit, and is around the same fiber diameter of cashmere (extremely fine) and so adds plush softness. Its preppy simplicity makes it a versatile piece this winter.
2. Burberry Check & Giant Check Scarf
BEST VINTAGE MASH-UP
The thing about Burberry’s now so recognizable tartan print, is that once it was just another checked tartan belonging to some family of Scotland. Now, it takes on a form that denotes so much more: quality, intelligent design and heritage. The blend of cashmere and merino wool give it a heavenly softness that warrants its elevated price tag.
3. Patagonia Recycled Cashmere Scarf
BEST GREEN CHOICE
If you like having your cake and eating it too, this is the scarf for you. This recycled cashmere scarf weighs lightly on the conscience as it doesn’t compromise on the welfare of animals or the climate, but still allows you to indulge in the finery of life. It’s a classic, no-frills design in a cool navy blue which easy to match to outfits. It is soft to-the-touch and a good insulator, making it a scarf to be cherished as the weather takes a turn.
4. Ted Baker Earlham Dot Scarf
BEST REFINED CHOICE
Add a sprinkle of German-engineering to your winter wardrobe this season. This German-made, double-sided Earlham dot scarf by British brand Ted Baker comes with a classic frill finish. The clean pattern, frilly ends and gold stripe gives this scarf a refined aesthetic.
5. Polo Ralph Lauren Tartan Wools Scarf
BEST CHRISTMAS COLORS
We absolutely love the richness, the warmth and the class that this scarf emanates; and that’s just from how it looks. Wrap it round your neck and you’ll appreciate its sweet soft blend of new and recycled Italian wool and its great insulating properties. This is a scarf that embodies all the beautiful things about Christmas spirit and will look great in the months outside of Yuletide too.
6. Snow Peak Down Scarf
BEST PUFFER SCARF
The puffer scarf is an innovation that makes sense. For an item of clothing designed to keep you warm, stuffing it full of down, trapping the most air, means it will insulate your body even better. The down used is all recycled and it comes with a highly practical pouch; a pocket you never knew you needed, but will, perhaps against your will become a very practical tool. Be it the slopes or the mall, this innovative piece will keep you looking cool and feeling warm.
7. OFF-WHITE Arrows Scarf
BEST STREETWEAR PICK
Why not go bold this winter. Loud colors and coarse, broad and almost health-and-safety-esque designs are the name of the game here. It comes in an acrylic, wool, cotton and viscose blend to enable a thick, chunky texture. Virgil Abloh’s Off-White (head designer at Louis Vuitton, also) is a go-to brand when it comes to luxury streetwear.
8. Fred Perry Royal Stewart Tartan Scarf
This wonderful traditional tartan scarf comes in a deep and rich, Red Stewart tartan and breathes a sort of passionate vibrancy in its color. It is constructed from 100% lambswool making it divinely soft on the skin. This will go just as well with skatewear, streetwear or office wear; it is bright and stylish.
9. ACNE Fringed Mélange Wool Scarf
BEST LAST CHRISTMAS AESTHETIC
Because there isn’t much that’s as nostalgic, nor as warm as a sepia-toned, 80s Christmas music video. This scarf will give you that same fuzzy warmth, not only in the feelings and memories it inspires, but because of its smooth and snuggly wool material. It will become so beloved, you’ll be reaching for it all year round.
10. Mr. Porter Striped Wool Scarf
BEST KNITTED WOOL
The knitted wool scarf in general has a very homely, DIY feel to it, relating back to an age long gone, when family members used to make Christmas presents for each other (definitely wasn’t part of that era!). The chunky feel, the soft wool and the white stripes give this scarf a real warm feel about it. Either navy blue or grey is an easy color to match up to a suitable warm, winter outfit. Now all we need is to get that (electric) fire going.