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Scarves are an abject necessity during the wintertime. But we’re so apt to neglect them. When was the last time you stocked up on statement-making winter scarves the same way you load your wardrobe with statement shoes, statement bags and statement sunnies? Though the scarf market is wide, diverse and colorful—with eye-catching pieces aplenty—we’ve typically relegated scarves to the realm of function, not fashion.
No longer—this season, your favorite retailers’ accessory selections are making a serious case for the statement scarf. And it’s about time our wardrobes responded in kind.
Before you dive head-first (neck-first?) into our statement scarf shopping guide, we recommend taking a good, hard look at your current scarf selection. What notes are you hitting? And more important, what notes are you missing? Whether you’re a minimalist who swears by the all-black-everything ensemble or a maximalist who prefers to load up on prints, textures and embellishments, there are undoubtedly a handful of scarves that could definitely find a home in your rotation.
A blanket scarf so cozy (and expansive) you could literally take a nap in it. A silk square scarf that drips with elegance—and packs a surprisingly warm punch. A classic striped or plaid scarf you could throw on anytime, anywhere, for a little extra cold-weather comfort. These are must-haves, regardless of aesthetic. And if you’re interested in particularly of-the-moment winter scarves, you’ll want to add faux fur and quilted varieties to your list, too.
Ahead, your everything guide to statement scarves. Whether you’re a scarf overlooker or a straight-up scarf fiend, you’re sure to stumble upon an array of options you could seamlessly weave into your winter wardrobe. Why shiver when you could sport a statement scarf instead?
Plaid Scarf, $29.90 at Zara
Technicolor plaid is it. It is the thing. And we really, really, really want this scarf.
Cozy Plush Teddy Scarf, $29 at Urban Outfitters
Your favorite teddy scarf got the statement scarf treatment.
Jane Carr the Fauve Silk Twill Square Scarf, $355 at Neiman Marcus
Silk scarves can skew a little spring or fall. But those rendered in dark, wintry palettes—like this one—transcend seasonal boundaries. (Plus, they’re super warm. Seriously, we can’t recommend them enough.)
Aessai Grace Merino Wool and Linen Blanket, $155 at Farfetch
Let’s be real—the best scarves are basically (wearable) blankets.
Cashmere Gaiter Infinity Scarf, $39 at Urban Outfitters
This teeny-tiny infinity scarf is basically a warm collar, and we’re not mad about it.
Hat Attack Windowpane Blanket Scarf, $74 at Shopbop
Wide Striped Blanket Scarf, $34 at Urban Outfitters
A winter scarf you can wear well into spring—and maybe even on summer’s breeziest days.
Frayed Gingham Scarf, $48 at Anthropologie
Winter gingham done right.
Gorski Fur Infinity Scarf, $295 at Neiman Marcus
Snuggle up in this, and you’ll be the envy of everyone who sees you (both because you’ll be super warm and because your outfit will be fire!).
Madewell Rectangle Stripe Scarf, $65 at Shopbop
Classic, timeless, affordable—what’s not to love?
Danielapi Fringe Striped Scarf, $239 at Farfetch
Something about this print feels distinctly animal printy—and we’re here for it.
Heurueh Chill Out Pull Thru Faux Fur Scarf, $128 at Shopbop
Instant statement. (And instant warmth.)
Frayed Camo Scarf, $48 at Anthropologie
Camo isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Heavy Black Watch Check Scarf, $40 at Topshop
Topshop upped the vibrance on your favorite plaid scarf—and the result is truly head-turning.
Patchwork Pom-Pom Scarf, $39.90 at Zara
Statements on statements on statements.
Velvet Puffer Scarf, $50 at Topshop
Your favorite velvet quilt got turned into a scarf. (OK, velvet quilts aren’t really a thing—but this scarf is.)
Kenzo Knitted Scarf, $133 at Farfetch
Next-level versatile; you could throw it over a T-shirt, sweatshirt, blazer or dress. (Try it—we dare you.)
Eugenia Kim Colden Iconic Two-Tone Fur Scarf, $475 at Neiman Marcus
Announce your presence without saying a word.
White + Warren Cashmere Intarsia Travel Wool Scarf, $350 at Shopbop
After we buy this scarf, we’re going to attempt to wrap it exactly as Shopbop did here. (Seriously, what is that sartorial sorcery? Looks cozy.)
Graphic Faux Fur Scarf, $52 at Topshop
Seriously statement-making—and seriously warm.
Free People Freemont Fringe Bandana Scarf, $48 at Shopbop
Hard to go wrong with an oversized plaid bandana scarf.
In Demand Scarf, $38 at Topshop
Logomania, done the winter way.
Striped Faux Fur Scarf, $39.90 at Zara
Keep things simple by throwing this over your go-to trench. Or go full power move by layering this over your favorite faux fur coat.
Burberry Oversized Mohair-Blend Scarf, $690 at Matches Fashion
This scarf is monstrous in size—and we’re into it.
Charlotte Simone Popsicle Fur Scarf, $420 at Neiman Marcus
Layer this over your holiday dress for seriously statement-making holiday party style.
Nubby Blanket Scarf, $29 at Urban Outfitters
Because you can’t go wrong with a neutral blanket scarf.
Adrienne Landau Mong Fur Boa Scarf, $295 at Shopbop
Like snuggling up with your favorite stuffed animal—kind of.
Saint Laurent Striped Knit Fringe Scarf, $595 at Farfetch
Throw this over your favorite black-on-black look to make a subtle statement (and, you know, stay warm.)
Herschel Supply Co. Featherless Scarf, $60 at Urban Outfitters
Your go-to puffy winter coat is officially available in scarf form.