Scarves to warm you up in-season and between seasons

Don’t forget this essential piece of outerwear.

woman with a scarf around neck and coffee in hands
Beat the cold.Karen Cantú Q via Unsplash

It’s easy to forget to put on a scarf before you go outside, but then you walk into the cold and the regret hits you like an avalanche. The right neck blanket will help keep you warm, whether you’re opting for a down jacket or a light bomber. Of course, you’ll want to consider material, style, and length based on the conditions and event you’re donning it for. Here are a few options we recommend.

Smartwool Pine Lake Chevron Scarf

Smartwool Pine Lake Chevron Scarf

Made from merino wool.Amazon

This Smartwool scarf is exceptionally soft and comfortable on your skin. It’s made from merino wool, which is thin and delicate, so it won’t feel itchy. You’ll also find that it’s a lot more lightweight and compact than expected, making it great for stowing in a bag as an extra layer. The scarf is available in a unique zigzag pattern with different color schemes.

The North Face Women's Plush Scarf

The North Face Women's Plush Scarf

Five color choices.Amazon

This infinity scarf by trusted brand the North Face is simple, comfortable, and easy to take on and off without mussing up your makeup or 'do. It’s made from faux mohair; plus, you can choose from a selection of classic colors including grey, black, white, and maroon.

Carhartt Men's Fleece Neck Gaiter

Carhartt Men's Fleece Neck Gaiter

The best alternative to traditional scarves.Amazon

If you find scarves cumbersome or they just aren’t for you, consider a neck gaiter instead. This piece by Carhartt is made from 92 percent polyester and 8 percent spandex fleece. It’s ideal for exercising or exploring outdoors, so you can stay warm with minimal layers and less baggage on your soul.