You resisted scarves for most of your youth. “I don’t need a scarf!” you’d say to your mother or your girlfriend or other concerned females in your life. You viewed it as a useless accessory. Then, you’d head out into the cold and freeze your ass off.
Finally, you grew up, got over your stubbornness, and realized that there’s nothing cool about being cold all of the time. You were also amazed at how this small piece of fabric can really keep you warm when you’re out in the elements. Scarves are legit.
In addition to keeping you warm, they also make you look good. They make you look like you would be at home at a nice ski chalet, and women love nice ski chalets. Take notes.
Carhartt 1889 Knit Scarf
Michigan-based Carhartt has been making rough-and-tumble apparel for workers since the late 1800s, so you know that whatever you buy from them will last a lifetime. This olive 1889 Knit Scarf is no-frills, but you’re the kind of guy that likes that, right? And at $7, it’s a price your grandfather would approve of.
KAVU MTN Flannel Scarf
Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 1993, KAVU has been crafting gear for the outdoor lifestyle for over 20 years. This MTN Flannel Scarf will keep you warm and will never go out of style.
Uniqlo HEATTECH Knitted Scarf
Japanese brand Uniqlo has been around since the late 1940s, but has only been available in the US since 2005. And good thing for us, because the brand’s HEATTECH line specializes in making cold weather gear with specialized fibers made to keep you warm while looking cool. The HEATTECH Knitted Scarf (available in navy or red) does exactly that, featuring the biowarming and insulating properties inherent in HEATTECH fibers, making it the warmest scarf you’ll ever own.
Stock MFG Co. Summer Scarf
While this scarf from Chicago-based Stock MFG Co. dubs itself as a “Summer Scarf,” it can do the job through Fall, for sure. Pair it with your favorite lightweight jacket and head out to a pumpkin patch or whatever you’ve got planned for October.
LL Bean Irish Lambswool Scarf
This Maine-based heritage brand knows a thing or two about creating classic pieces that stand up to the test of time, and this Irish Lambswool Scarf is no exception. This is a scarf that your grandson will gladly inherit.
Apolis Washed Linen Scarf
With a name that literally means “global citizen,” Apolis specializes in offering unique, handcrafted goods from across the globe. Take note, though, this durable linen scarf (with a snappy red trim) is good for crisp Fall days, but not February blizzards.
Scotch & Soda Brushed Gentleman’s Scarf
Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda makes a myriad of fashionable men’s goods and this Brushed Gentleman’s Scarf is no exception. Made out of a blend of acrylic and wool, the scarf can be easily dressed up or dressed down—meaning you can wear it with a suit or with jeans and a sweater on the weekend.
Nau M2 Knit Scarf
Founded in 2007, the folks behind Nau believe that style, performance, and sustainability can come together to create apparel that looks good while performing well. They achieve this with the M2 Knit Scarf (available in green, gray, and maroon), which is made from a blend of Merino wool and Tencel. Bonus: a percentage of every sale goes to charity, so you can feel warm and fuzzy twice.
United by Blue Highlands Blanket Scarf
United by Blue is an eco-conscious company dedicated to making quality apparel while helping to preserve the ocean. This Highlands Blanket Scarf is crafted out of a wool/polyester blend and is available in solid navy or muted green and gray plaid.
Everlane The Scarf
Made out of 100% extrafine Merino wool in a revered Hong Kong factory, this gray ribbed scarf is the perfect accessory to whatever outfit you’re wearing this winter.
Ministry of Supply Mercury Scarf
Founded by a former Brooks Brothers designer and a former MIT spacesuit designer (seriously), Ministry of Supply creates products that combine style and new technology without making products that look overtly tech-y. This simple gray scarf looks pedestrian, but it’s actually made with a blend of soft Merino wool and temperature-regulating Phase Change Material to keep you warm without making you sweat.
Saturdays NYC Zig Zag Scarf
Saturdays NYC is a brand firmly rooted in surf culture, so you might be surprised to see that they’ve got a scarf on offer. As we know, scarves are decidedly not beach attire. It’s fine—they’re allowed to go off-brand, especially if their off-brand endeavor results in something as high-quality as this Zig Zag Scarf. Made out of a wool blend, the scarf is available in gray or navy.
Jack Spade Linder Windowpane Scarf
Newsflash: there should be a difference between the scarf you wear on a skiing trip and the scarf you wear to the office, and Jack Spade’s Linder Windowpane Scarf is staunchly in the second camp. Available in navy or gray, this handsome lightweight 100% wool scarf will look incredible with your suit.
Barbour Melrose Fair Isle Scarf
If you want to look extra winter-y this season, snatch up this Barbour Melrose Fair Isle Scarf, which is made in Scotland out of 100% lambswool.
Oliver Spencer Mexico Scarf
London-based Oliver Spencer has been crafting simple, sleek menswear since 2002, and this Mexico Scarf is one of the brand’s best pieces. Made in Italy out of a blend of viscose and cotton, the scarf features unique patterns and textures that will jazz up your black pea coat.
Pendleton Woven Shawl Scarf
With roots stretching back all the way to the 1800s, Pendleton is a true American heritage brand that specializes in crafting products out of quality fabrics and textiles. And if you’re man enough to embrace tribal patterns, you’ll get a lot of compliments wearing this Woven Shawl Scarf this season.
Oliver Spencer Textured Donegal Wool Scarf
Another offering from Oliver Spencer, this navy Textured Donegal Wool Scarf is flecked with white throughout, making it look especially winter-y.
Aether Cashmere Scarf
LA-based Aether was founded by outdoorsy urban professionals with the desire to make high-performance clothing versatile enough for their everyday lives, and its Cashmere Scarf is no exception. And while shelling out $165 for a scarf might seem like a lot, remember—cashmere. Cashmere. You deserve it.