Scarves have had a number of callings, and names, throughout history. As sudariums, ancient Romans used them to wipe sweat from their faces. As cravats, 17th-century Frenchmen wore them like a sort of necktie. Other types of scarves have also been worn as religious garments, as shields from dust and wind, and to signify rank by military personnel.
Today, most people wear scarves to stay warm in the winter. Yes, style is important, but a scarf’s main purpose is to keep the neck warm — to protect where a beanie and winter coat cannot. These scarves come in all kinds of fabrics, from silk to lambswool, yarn and cashmere, at least one of which is sure to match your style.
Naadam's streamlined the cashmere sourcing process, benefiting both Mongolian farmers and the end consumer. Each item is created with the animal in mind, but also how exactly the product will perform: This one's dubbed "Heavenly Soft," according to the brand's scale, and it comes with natural anti-odor properties, a promise to not pill and plenty of colors to choose from.
The fringe at the end of Séfr's wool-blend scarf adds a luxe element, while the color screams late fall/early winter.
German heritage brand Heimat makes a bunch of basics — most notably, beanies. But the brand's scarves, cut from virgil wool, wear nicely, are super soft and come in colors that are easy to match.
Ralph's had this style of scarf — bear logo included — in the collection for years. It's made in Italy using a perfect mix of luscious merino wool and nylon for strength. Plus, it's totally plain except for your embroidered pal, meaning you can show off the logo or make it incognito, which means you're really getting two scarves in one. There's a grip of colorways to choose from every season, too, so you're not limited to this handsome gray marl.
Available in several solids or a few stylish tartans, each of these Orvis scarves are made by a Scottish company that's been doing them — in lambswool, primarily — since 1935.
Ribbed for added texture, this merino Banana Republic scarf is otherwise super simple — and sometimes that's all you need.
British brand Joshua Ellis celebrated 250 years a few years back, and what better way to celebrate than copping this orange cashmere iteration.
Not feeling the super traditional tartans and plaid patterns? Try INGMARSON's skeleton-looking pattern, which the brand dubs "organic shape." It's part plant, part anatomy, but cool either way.
Japanese brand RoToTo makes a ton of killer essentials: socks, beanies, T-shirts, and, of course, scarves. This one's a great value, considering it's made abroad and from extra-fine merino.
This one's admittedly a bit thin, but there's plenty of it to wrap around several times over, making it not only fit for insulating but a big statement around the neck.
Mr P. mixes two patterns into this fine fringed iteration. It's made in Italy at a storied mill and can be dry cleaned only.
We like Colorful Standard's Merino Scarf for balancing great materials and construction with a solid pricepoint, packing in some serious value.
Barbour's Tartan scarf serves up quality at a comfortable price point. The soft doodad comes in several different tartans so you can choose your clan (or just whichever goes with your outfit).
You trust Filson for tons of other cold weather gear, so why not scarves? This one, with a pattern called Appalachian Plaid, is new to this year and made in Scotland.
The Lodge Scarf is made from 100-percent baby yak wool, which means it's warm, soft and will outlast even the harshest winter (without smelling, too).
New as of the end of 2021, Buck Mason's Donegal Scarf is an accessorial addition to the brand's donegal collection, which applies the classic cable knit to a bunch of basics: like sweaters and beanies.
Like the famed Scottish sweaters, this cable-knit beauty is hand-knit using 100 percent virgin wool.