The Best Men’s Winter Scarves Will Keep You Toasty All Winter Long
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There are few modern menswear essentials that have been around for as long as the scarf, which is what makes it so, well, essential that you shop for one of the best winter scarves for men this season. How far back do you have to go to find evidence of scarves? Try the 3rd-century B.C., when Chinese soldiers wore scarves to denote rank.
Of course, the best men’s scarves of today look a little different, to say the very least. It’s more than just a fashion accessory, though — when brisk winter weather hits, your neck and upper extremities will really feel it if you’re not wearing the right scarf. The best scarves for men today can be made with what you might call classic materials (like wool or wool blends), more modern fibers (like merino), or else organic cotton blended with thicker fibers.
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Even better than that precious functionality is the fact that you’ve got plentiful options to add to your winter look. Reach for a muted charcoal, light grey or navy to pair up with just about any shade of outerwear in your rotation.
Rock a plaid scarf atop a crisp charcoal overcoat to add a shot of color and pattern to your ensemble (top it off with a pair of stylish winter boots, for good measure). While the decision is all yours as to which scarf to shop, allow us to point you in the right direction with a few of our picks for the best winter scarves for men — ‘tis the season, after all.
Heimat Schal Wool Scarf
Soft 100 percent virgin wool is the key behind this stylish, crisp scarf, one that wears well with practically any style of jacket thanks to the sharp navy colorway. It’s better still if you pair it up with a hat from the German accessories maker, and you can loop it in a more traditional way or go with a two-sided wrap — it’s neither too thin nor too bulky to wear as your ideal everyday scarf.
Ben Sherman Herringbone Scarf
Ben Sherman’s crisp dress shirts and winter sweaters are must-haves in their own right, but don’t overlook the ability to accessorize your winter ensemble for under $40. That’s what you’re getting with this classic scarf, made from a navy herringbone knit that resembles the sharpest winter tailoring. Fringe ends add a touch of character too.
Mack Weldon Tech Merino Scarf
Perhaps you’ve got a pair of innovative Mack Weldon briefs in your top drawer already — add a touch more performance to the rest of your look with this modern take on the timeless scarf. Performance-minded merino fabric is the key here, done up in a textured waffle stitch fabric that provides stretch and quick recovery. Merino is also insulating but not overly hot, and the stylish navy or black colorways team up with positively anything in your winter wardrobe.
American Trends Plaid Cashmere Scarf
Want to add a touch of plaid to your look without overdoing it? Opt for a muted plaid pattern in a soft cashmere knit for class and sophistication. The crisp black-and-grey plaid teams particularly well with dressier looks, like a navy overcoat atop a charcoal suit (black dress boots, of course, are fair game). Better still is the fact that this scarf retails for well under $20.
Pendleton Whisperwool Muffler
Pendleton’s rugged, warm blankets have been a staple of American life since the frontier days, and it makes sense that the famed heritage outfitter would deliver on that promise with an ultra-warm yet soft scarf. The rich plaid color here should style nicely with durable winter style picks like a tan chore coat or a blue denim sherpa trucker jacket. And yes, the higher price tag is certainly worth the investment given its quality and heritage.
Barbour Tartan Scarf
The rich history of tartan makes it a fine choice to add a dash of pattern to your next winter get-up, and you might say that no one makes a more road-ready scarf than Barbour. Its waxed jackets are famed for their durability in extreme conditions, so if winter road trips are your speed, this scarf complements any Barbour jacket quite handsomely. It’s all in the merino and cashmere blend for comfort and performance, after all.
Hickey Freeman Italian Cashmere Scarf
There’s plenty to love about this Hickey Freeman scarf, starting with, well, that Italian cashmere fabric. It’s a super-soft accessory you might even look forward to wearing, in spite of the winter cold. And true to Hickey Freeman’s luxe-yet-accessible tailoring, it comes in colorful plaid options like a seasonally friendly Bordeaux Plaid for a refined touch this holiday season (and beyond).
Calvin Klein Stitch Wave Scarf
While you very well might know Calvin Klein for the designer’s famed white tees and briefs, the company also has you covered when the thermostat drops below freezing. The vertical textured weave makes this nylon-poly blend scarf visually appealing even in a neutral black colorway, and it’s warm without being overly thick. That means you can comfortably wear it as an accessory even away from winter weather, perhaps with a rugged-yet-refined shawl collar cardigan.
Joshua Ellis Navy Cashmere Pinstripe Scarf
Fancy adding a dash of refined style to your winter evening or holiday party ensemble? This sleek navy pinstripe scarf calls to mind the finest tailoring, and it’s all the more fitting that it’s been selected by Todd Snyder to appear in the famed designer’s online shop. Think of it like a stamp of approval, and a super-soft, warm investment in supremely cool winter style.
FOCO Wordmark Team Logo Scarf
Show off your team spirit in style — and stay plenty warm at that pre-game tailgate in the process — with FOCO’s clever, cool selection of team scarves. Select from plenty of options customized to fit your favorite college or pro football team, and then bundle up — some selections even come complete with a team logo hat. That winter trek to the stadium just got a little warmer.
J. Crew English Merino Wool Scarf
J. Crew goes the extra mile in crafting winter-friendly sweaters, shirts and suiting, and you should expect the same from your daily accessories. In this case, going the extra mile means they worked with famed English mill Abraham Moon to produce this ultra-soft, refined and visually striking plaid wool scarf in merino wool. The plaid pattern stands out just enough against neutral outerwear, and the sub-$100 price tag is practically a steal for a scarf this well-made.
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