Radnecks: A Holiday Gift Guide to Scarves


I was at a sample sale for an up-and-coming knitwear designer yesterday and one disappointed shopper turned to me and said, “Damn! He doesn’t have any scarves for sale this season. Those always make such perfect Christmas presents….”

The guy was right, especially in cold weather climes. A good scarf keeps your neck and chest warm and can instantaneously enliven the dreariest, most basic of outerwear with a bit of stylish panache. Just like their sartorial cousins the neckties, a scarf collection should never be limited to just one or two. Different colors, patterns, materials and lengths can be switched up daily so that your outdoor ensemble doesn’t become as consistently predictable and constant as an early evening winter sundown.

So if you still have some guys’ names to cross off your shopping list this holiday season or want to make over your own neck (which you are undoubtedly always putting on the line so, dammit, you’ve earned it!) consider choosing something from this selection of scarves, which runs a wide gamut of prices and style options.

Cashmere wool scarf by AETHER, $165

Fleece “Infinity” circular scarf with cotton lining by ALEXANDER CAMPAZ, $38

Wool striped “Double” scarf by ALEXANDER OLCH, $270

Wool/nylon fringed scarf by BARACUTA, $84

Wool/cotton tartan scarf by BARACUTA, $60

Wool camo scarf by CARHARTT WIP, $115

Acrylic jacquard fan scarf by CARHARTT WIP, $95

Cashmere wool circular scarf by CLUB MONACO, $189.50

Lambswool windowpane scarf by CLUB MONACO, $98.50

Wool plaid scarf by FARIBAULT FOR TARGET, $34.99

Wool stripe and fringed scarf by FARIBAULT FOR TARGET, $34.99

Hand-knit wool “Northwest Cowichan” scarf by FILSON, $125

Hand-knit wool “Silverfir Cowichan” scarf by FILSON, $125

Acrylic/wool jacquard scarf by LEVI’S, $44

Acrylic/wool-blend three-color scarf by SPIEWAK 1904, $62.30

Acrylic faux fur stripe scarf by TOPMAN, $35

Acrylic geometric blanket scarf by TOPMAN, $35