Even if you’re not Lenny Kravitz, you should probably own at least one scarf. Despite having less square footage to play with, you can go big — like extremely oversized blanket big — or subdued, as though you casually winter in the Scottish Highlands. Sometimes a statement coat or jacket can do all the work when you put together a cold-weather outfit, but don’t underestimate the power of this staple neck accessory. You can really show off your personality with a scarf — wear yours with a coordinating sweater and winter hat for a playful look or with a classic wool coat to even make your ten-minute bodega run a sophisticated one.
Below, we rounded up 16 options, featuring everything from a standout Loewe scarf and that Acne Studios check style to an Amazon favorite and a J.Crew fringed knit that almost rivals Lenny’s — almost.
If you need an essential black scarf
Black is a classic color for winter, but this fan favorite (it has more than 2,200 five-star ratings!) also comes in 32 colors. And it’s big enough to double as a small blanket, so you can snuggle under it on plane rides.
If you’re all about puffer coats
Add more marshmallow to your winter outfit with a padded scarf layered under your puffer. Uniqlo’s iconic Heattech fleece has moisture-absorbing and insulating features, which all but guarantees your neck will be the warmest part of your body.
If you live in your Uggs
Accessorize your go-to Fluff Yeahs or Tasmans with an equally plush Ugg scarf. The fleece fabric will keep icy winds out while the neutral camel hue will go with almost any winter ensemble.
If you’re a cashmere person
A basic recycled cashmere and wool scarf that comes in seven total colors and happens to be on sale? Say no more.
If you want that scarf
Acne Studio scarves basically rule winter. Give in to the temptation so you can finally own one of the brand’s colorful wool-check designs this season.
If you can’t resist Ganni
Odds are you’ve seen this same pattern on Ganni’s popular sweater vest. If you already have it, you can match with the scarf or wear this accessory on its own to add some pattern to your look. You too can be a #GanniGirl.
If you want two styles in one
A reversible style means you’ll get twice the wear out of a single item. This dark green scarf is 100 percent wool and also comes in red and black-and-white.
If pockets are your favorite
Fit your hands, your phone, your go-to chapstick, your AirPods, and possibly a snack in the pockets of this cute knit scarf.
If cable knit is your thing
Bundle up in this cream design made from a blend of alpaca and wool for extra warmth. J.Crew also offers a matching beanie and sweater vest if you want to keep the cable-knit ball rolling.
If you need a pattern
Not your typical cable knit, but we’re here for it. This blue-hued scarf will pair nicely with all your wool coats.
If you’re still into Barbiecore
The good news is that if a sudden snowstorm or squall arrives, you can still be spotted with a scarf as vivid as this one. The pull-through style stays snug on your neck to keep the elements out.
If you’re super-festive
You probably have amassed some Fair Isle sweaters over the years, so go ahead and get a scarf with the quintessential holiday print on it to coordinate.
If you love fringe
Sometimes you just want one basic scarf to last the season, and this is it. The wool-mix fabric gives it that extra cozy factor.
If you wish you were crafty
Let’s be honest: If you were actually crafty, you’d probably hand-make your own scarf. This style is for the ones who want to take up knitting but know they probably won’t. The striking crocheted yarn squares will definitely win Grandma’s approval, though.
If logomania is the move
You’ll get so many compliments on this mohair Loewe scarf that’s pretty much made to be dramatically tossed around your neck.
If a preppy look is your lane
This design will definitely fit in with that rugby shirt, quarter-zip sweater, or pleated chinos you always tend to wear.
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