The trusty scarf was used to indicate a soldier’s rank in the Chinese military way back when.
Yet the type of scarf you wear nowadays is more likely to indicate just how cold it is outside.
Transition from slick, lightweight scarves in autumn to thick woolly knitted numbers in the winter.
Although a scarf isn’t just a practical winterwear item. If chosen well, it can, as well as keeping you snug, add pizzazz to an otherwise lacklustre outfit.
But first make sure the material isn’t itchy (nobody wants an irritated neck).
Cashmere is a solid option because it’s soft, durable and suave-looking, while cotton is cheaper and let’s some air through.
To make sure you’re wrapped up in style this winter, we’ve picked out the best men’s scarves on the market – from sustainably-made streetwear items to high-street tartan classics and high-end designer statement pieces.
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Cotton is a strong choice material-wise for scarves. Why? Well, it’s affordable, soft and breathable, which means no sweaty neck. This navy, ribbed designer scarf by Tommy Hilfiger, made from 100 per cent cotton, is not the most exciting to look at, but it’s high-quality, easy to pair and it’ll keep you warm. We reckon it would also make a cracking Christmas gift too – and not just because it comes in a dandy little box.
You’ve got your well-groomed hipster beard; your indigo Levi jeans, and your chunky Dr. Marten boots, now you just need a cool scarf to finish off your hairy-lumberjack-lost-in-Peckham look. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this red and green tartan piece by menswear high-street store, Burton. At just over a tenner, it’s a steal and it looks the part too.
For the polished, understated gentleman, this pick by Mango is a no-brainer. The high-street retailer continues to knock out sophisticated, quality winterwear for affordable prices, and this scarf is no exception. We’re a big fan of the neat Herringbone navy and white zig-zag design. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a pea coat, duffle or trench coat – it’ll go with just about anything.
Beat the bitter wind chill at your next football outing with this sporty-looking green and white men’s scarf by sustainable streetwear clothing brand WAWWA. This forward-thinking brands makes hip, ethical clothing from 100 per cent recycled material, like plastic that would otherwise be floating around our oceans. Not only that, for every scarf bought, the brand donates another to someone less fortunate which is part of is 1+1 collection. All of its products are vegan-friendly and packaged in fully compostable shipping bags – a smart choice in every sense of the word.