Your mom was right: you should be wearing a scarf. From a practical perspective, the best men's scarves will help to keep the cold from infiltrating the confines of your winter coat, and will double as a helpful face mask when arctic winds are singeing your T-zone—or when your coworkers are coughing up a storm all around you. More importantly, though, they'll just plain look good, which is no small thing in this season of shapeless parkas and dump truck-sized snow boots. To help you find just the right cold weather scarf for your needs, we surveyed dozens of the finest neck warmers from budget-friendly mall chains, age-old British brands, and everything in between. Here are the best of the best to knot up pronto.
The Best Scarf for Blessing Your Neck
$403.00, Begg & Co.
Look, we understand that $400 is a lot for a scarf. But you're here for the best, right? And Begg & Co., the 154-year-old Scottish wool savants, unabashedly make the best. Their scarves are all of the things a great scarf should be: knit from rich and densely woven cashmere, which keeps things as balmy as a late June afternoon and feels suppler than a Persian kitten against your skin; enough surface area to fold and wrap in any manner you wish; available in a wider array of colors and patterns than you'd find in the Met; and, not for nothing, the exact right number and length of tassels. We're particularly fond of this color-blocked indigo muffler, which has all the versatility of navy in a way more striking package.
The Best Scarf to Wear in a Snowstorm
$135.00, Ralph Lauren
On the most brutal winter days, when it feels like you're stepping into a snow cone machine cranked to the max—you might feel wary of subjecting your precious pure cashmere to such punishing conditions. Fair enough. In those instances, a burly ribbed scarf—the kind a 1950s dock worker might wear—is the way to go. Ralph Lauren's version injects a healthy dollop of cashmere for a pitch perfect blend of hardy utilitarianism and grade-A comfort.
The Best Scarf for Guys Who Hate Scarves
$165.00, End Clothing
Looking to get the maximum amount of warmth from the least amount of scarf? Snow Peak designed this puffer jacket for your neck to be as compact and efficient as a Japanese sedan. The (recycled!) down filling traps warmth like nobody's business, the loop on the end holds it in place despite its minimal length, there's a handy buttoned pocket to keep your stuff accessible on the go, and the whole thing folds up into a tiny package once you head indoors.
The Best Scarf That Won't Break the Bank
Heattech: not just for long johns anymore! Uniqlo now employs their celebrated chill-battling technology in a slew of cold weather accessories, like beanies and scarves. At just $15 a pop full-price—and, newsflash, they're not full-price at the moment—you'll be hard-pressed to find a better coziness-to-dollar ratio anywhere on the market.
The Best Scarf That Linus from Peanuts Could Get Behind
You know that stupid soft blanket you keep on the couch, the one you cocoon in for repeat-viewings of Scrubs? Ever wish you could just wrap that whole thing (minus a stray Thai takeout stain or two) around your neck and then head outside to face the day? Apparently, so did Loewe designer Jonathan Anderson. Crafted using plenty of real-deal mohair, this is as fuzziest, most enveloping thing this side of a Snuggie that you can reasonably wear in public. The fact that it's enveloped in attractive, painterly orange-and-gray stripes doesn't hurt, either.
16 More Scarves We Love
$180.00, End Clothing
$95.00, End Clothing
$185.00, Todd Snyder
$175.00, End Clothing
$148.00, Todd Snyder
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Originally Appeared on GQ