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The 15 best scarves for men this winter

Whether it's topping off or defining your outfit, you need a good neck sweater

Baby, it’s cold outside. So it’s time to take stock of your scarf collection. Seeing as how heat rises, a scarf will plug up your outfit and keep all your body heat tucked in. At least that’s what they’re ostensibly designed for but if we’re being honest, we’re wearing scarves because they look good. The best men’s scarves will not only keep you warm, they will put the finishing touch on your outfit. You can wrap them up inside your favorite winter jacket or let them hang down in your favorite blazer.

The slightest chill in the air opens up the opportunity to make use of one of the greatest accessories in the menswear arsenal. A scarf gives you the styling effect of a tie without the formality and constriction. It adds a brush of color and texture that can either highlight or blend into an outfit. Best if all, there are so many ways to tie a scarf. There are many fabrics to choose from - like wool, cashmere, cotton, and alpaca - and even more patterns and colors. So no matter what your look is, you have plenty of scarf options to choose from. To help sort through it all, we’ve put together a list of the scarves for men to wear this winter.

Norse Rrojects Moon Check Lambswool Scarf
Norse Projects Moon Checked Lambswool Scarf
Best Overall Scarf
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Drake's Green Polka Dot Wool Scarf
Drakes Polka Dot Wool Scarf
Best Formal Scarf
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Bellemere Classic Sharp Print Cashmere Scarf
Bellemere Classic Sharp Print Cashmere Scarf
Best Luxury Cozy
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J.Crew Cashmere Scarf in Tartan
J. Crew Cashmere Scarf in Tartan
Best Scarf for Casual Layering
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Gap Recycled Cozy Scarf
Gap Recycled Cozy Scarf
Best Affordable Scarf for Daily Wear
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Polo Fringe Striped Wool Scarf
Polo Fridge Stripe Wool Scarf
Best Preppy Scarf
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Burberry Giant Check Cashmere Scarf
Burberry Big Check Scarf
Best Splurge-Worthy Scarf
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Mack Weldon Tech Cashmere Scarf
Mack Weldon Tech Cashmere Scarf
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Taylor Stitch Lodge Scarf in Dark Heather Burgundy 
Taylor Stitch Lodge Scarf in Dark Heather Burgundy 
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NAADAM Signature Ribbed Cashmere Scarf
NAADAM Signature Ribbed Cashmere Scarf
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RRL Fair Isle Wool Cashmere Scarf
RRL Fair Isle Wool Cashmere Scarf
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Everlane Alpaca Patterned Scarf
Everlane Alpaca Patterned Scarf
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Todd Snyder Joshua Ellis Navy Cashmere Pinstripe Scarf
Todd Snyder Joshua Ellis Navy Cashmere Pinstripe Scarf
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Bode Gluckow Scarf
Bode Gluckow Scarf
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Nanga Onion Quilt Down Muffler
Nanga Onion Quilt Down Muffler
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A brown and white plaid sacrf from Norse Projects.

Norse Projects Moon Checked Lambswool Scarf

Best Overall Scarf

Norse Projects designs items for maximum efficiency, and that efficiency is on full display with their brown and white check scarf, made from Moon lambswool. The plaid is beautifully detailed but done in a color combination that can match everything. The wool is warm but light and soft. If you're going to only own one scarf, this should be it. You could say, this scarf checks all the boxes (Sorry, we had to).

Norse Rrojects Moon Check Lambswool Scarf
Norse Projects Moon Checked Lambswool Scarf
Best Overall Scarf
Green polka dot scarf from Drakes.

Drakes Polka Dot Wool Scarf

Best Formal Scarf

Drake's is still a relatively young brand but they have make a name for themselves in stylish men's accessories. Their lightweight wool scarves are almost as soft as silk and work perfectly with suiting and blazers or to dress up your outerwear.

Drake's Green Polka Dot Wool Scarf
Drakes Polka Dot Wool Scarf
Best Formal Scarf
Classic cashmere scarf for men.
Bellemere

Bellemere Classic Sharp Print Cashmere Scarf

Best Luxury Cozy

Treat yourself to the gift of cashmere with this luxurious, premium scarf in a striking seasonal color. It's a scarf made to complement your best topcoat and tailoring combo this season.

Bellemere Classic Sharp Print Cashmere Scarf
Bellemere Classic Sharp Print Cashmere Scarf
Best Luxury Cozy
A tartan cashmere scarf.

J. Crew Cashmere Scarf in Tartan

Best Scarf for Casual Layering

Sometimes, you want to add a pop of pattern and color to more laidback looks, like when layering up with a flannel-lined trucker jacket, for instance. This classic scarf in a bright holiday pattern is a nice way to do that, all winter long.

J.Crew Cashmere Scarf in Tartan
J. Crew Cashmere Scarf in Tartan
Best Scarf for Casual Layering
black and white plaid scarf.

Gap Recycled Cozy Scarf

Best Affordable Scarf for Daily Wear

Gap has been a reliable source for staple accessories for decades now and their current scarf selection demonstrates why. They have a variety of colors and patterns in their recycled cozy scarf, made from 70% recycled polyester and 30% plant based Modal. The black and white plaid option is probably the most versatile for everyday wear.

Gap Recycled Cozy Scarf
Gap Recycled Cozy Scarf
Best Affordable Scarf for Daily Wear
A blue, green, yellow, and red striped scarf.

Polo Fridge Stripe Wool Scarf

Best Preppy Scarf

No one does classic preppy style better than Polo. Their striped wool scarf borrows a stripe pattern from midcentury prep school ties. The navy, green, red, and yellow pattern is decorative enough to stand out but versatile enough to match almost anything.

Polo Fringe Striped Wool Scarf
Polo Fridge Stripe Wool Scarf
Best Preppy Scarf
Burberry plaid scarf.

Burberry Big Check Scarf

Best Splurge-Worthy Scarf

When is a scarf worth splurging on? When it's adorned with the classic check pattern from a legendary company like Burberry. Pair this one with a camel topcoat for the ultimate in luxury every single winter day.

Burberry Giant Check Cashmere Scarf
Burberry Big Check Scarf
Best Splurge-Worthy Scarf
Men's cashmere tech scarf.
Mack Weldon

Mack Weldon Tech Cashmere Scarf

Mack Weldon expertly blends technical savvy with sleek style in this cashmere scarf, updated with modern fabric in a crisp Total Eclipse Blue color. It's perfect to wear on the go without overheating.

Mack Weldon Tech Cashmere Scarf
Mack Weldon Tech Cashmere Scarf
Classic Taylor Stitch scarf for men.
Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch Lodge Scarf in Dark Heather Burgundy 

Taylor Stitch's rotation of flannel shirts and waxed outerwear is simply essential for fall and winter, and this soft scarf in a rich seasonal shade also fits the bill nicely. The use of baby yak wool makes this scarf ultra-soft and comfortable, too.

Taylor Stitch Lodge Scarf in Dark Heather Burgundy 
Taylor Stitch Lodge Scarf in Dark Heather Burgundy 
Luxurious cashmere scarf for men.
NAADAM

NAADAM Signature Ribbed Cashmere Scarf

NAADAM famously makes expertly crafted cashmere sweaters from the finest materials, and this scarf is but the latest in a long line of essentials from the brand. It's worth the higher price tag, suffice to say.

NAADAM Signature Ribbed Cashmere Scarf
NAADAM Signature Ribbed Cashmere Scarf
A fair isle pattern scarf with fringe.

RRL Fair Isle Wool Cashmere Scarf

When RRL makes a reproduction of something vintage, they execute it to the highest level. That's exactly what they did with this wool and cashmere blend Fair Isle scarf.

RRL Fair Isle Wool Cashmere Scarf
RRL Fair Isle Wool Cashmere Scarf
A navy blue and light blue striped scarf.

Everlane Alpaca Patterned Scarf

This bold striped scarf from Everlane is made from a supple blend of 60% alpaca and 30% nylon. Alpaca exists somewhere between sheep wool and cashmere, it's super warm and durable but the nylon helps soften the scarf up.

Everlane Alpaca Patterned Scarf
Everlane Alpaca Patterned Scarf
A navy scarf with gray pinstripes.

Todd Snyder Joshua Ellis Navy Cashmere Pinstripe Scarf

This navy pinstripe cashmere scarf from Todd Snyder is formal enough to wear with a suit. You can just as easily wear it every day and add a formal touch to your casual wardrobe. The cashmere from Joshua Ellis is second to none.

Todd Snyder Joshua Ellis Navy Cashmere Pinstripe Scarf
Todd Snyder Joshua Ellis Navy Cashmere Pinstripe Scarf
A chunky black and white knit scarf

Bode Gluckow Scarf

This chunky and cozy scarf may look like your grandmother knitted it but you'll get a lot more respect from your fashionable friends when you tell them its BODE. Better still, it feels like you're wearing a cozy old blanket around your neck.

Bode Gluckow Scarf
Bode Gluckow Scarf
A black onion quilted down scarf.

Nanga Onion Quilt Down Muffler

This onion quilted scarf from Nanga provides all the warmth and comfort of a down jacket in the form of a scarf. It will make your conscience feel good too because it is made from 100% recycled nylon.

Nanga Onion Quilt Down Muffler
Nanga Onion Quilt Down Muffler

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