Scarves are emerging. And they’ll continue to emerge as autumn becomes winter. They’ll come in droves. In cashmeres, silks and cottons. And it’s a confusing time because, like, what do you wear at what temperature? When does a scarf turn from practical to feeling like you’re being choked by a Brillo pad?
Winter means different things to different people—as we speak, it’s already in the 30s on the Eastern Seaboard, while it’s still teetering upon 60 degrees out west.
That’s the difference between needing a light-gauge cashmere scarf and a hefty merino wool one (and only a month away from considering industrial-grade alpaca). So to help you find the right gear for what’s happening in your neck of the woods, we’ve put together:
Winter may very well be coming to a close, but your neck could still use some protecting.
Yet you’re going to want to swap out those chunky winter wool scarves for lighter, more spring-ready silk and selvedge options as the bracing cold makes way for the brisk. They’re exactly what you’ll need to navigate the sun-dependent temperature dichotomy—while lending you some extra handsomeness. And as usual, we’ve found for you the best of them on the market right now.
And, as to be expected, they’re good looking, wrap around your neck and go for about a third of what you’ll spend at most shops for the same thing (it’s hard to find a good tasseled scarf these days). For the most part, they’re in 100% wool and the requisite plaids and a sharp navy blue, but there were a couple that especially caught our eye—and were vaguely reminiscent of our favorite knit tie, like the number above. All in all, it’s a handsome lot of mufflers that ought to have your neck protected and add a sliver of intrigue to an otherwise charcoal-gray season—which is all you can ask for in a scarf, really.
But with the seemingly infinite diversity of thicknesses, patterns, fabrics, dimensions and weaves out there... it can begin to seem just too great for one man to conquer single-handedly. So we took the liberty of rounding up some of the finest nape-drapery out there to help narrow the field—and keep you from accidentally tying on a throw blanket à la Kravitz.
Most of the US is still firmly in wool scarf season, but soon enough you’re going to want to reach for something a little lighter to keep the brisk wind off your neck. Something like silk—that will still keep you relatively warm, but without the scratchiness.