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As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping you outfitted for winter, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate the scarf.

It’s easy to overlook, but increasingly crucial as we move into the arctic parts of the year. And unlike previous entries, this one’s pretty responsive to the styles of the day, in particular the trad, the lumberjack and the sailor. (Choose wisely.)

As for tying it, we’ll just say this: pros use the European Loop.

The Trad
Drakes London

There’s a certain kind of scarf that looks best peeking out of the lapels of a topcoat. It tends to be cashmere, plaid, and traditionally indicates you’re the mayor of something. You can get one almost anywhere you’d get a suit, but the Drakes version consistently lands at the top of the pile. Wear it with pride.

Bonus: J.Press offers a cheaper, homegrown version, if you’re not a stickler for Scottish cashmere.

The Lumberjack
Engineered Garments

This Engineered Garments model comes from the urban lumberjack school of outerwear, but it’s cozier for it. It’s basically the scarf equivalent of your favorite flannel—almost literally, given how well it matches up with EG’s button-ups. It’s still plaid, but it’s a world away from the mayoral version, and it should be just visible enough to play off the flannel you’re wearing underneath. Also, it looks great with a beard…

Bonus: We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: tube scarves are pretty great.

The Sailor
SNS Herning

Some time in the next few months—we’d guess around mid-January—it will be so ungodly cold out that you’ll want to forgo all pretense and just shove as much thick wool down your collar as you can fit. It’s a moment for nautical style, specifically this thick cable-knit from SNS Herning that also happens to be hands-down the chunkiest scarf we’ve ever seen. We won’t sugarcoat it: It’s going to look like you’re being strangled by a python made of wool—but you’ll definitely be warm.

Bonus: If you want to scale down a little bit, the Swedes at Dunderdon also make a pretty thick scarf.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom