It’s that time of year again when the bitter chill compels you to bundle up and reach for hats, gloves, and — perhaps most importantly — scarves to help cover every inch of skin. A draped scarf is a staple in your seasonal wardrobe, from the first dropped leaf through the final snowfall. Unlike most other primarily functional cold-weather layers that come off as you move from the outdoors in and vice versa (think: gloves, a hat, your sixth layer), when you're deciding how to wear a scarf, you're considering the fact that it can be styled as an integrated element of your outfit at every level of bundling. And what’s more, there’s a scarf for any ensemble or occasion.
For a cozy, comfy look, look for a thick knit or oversized blanket scarves. Fringed and printed scarves are perfect for adding intrigue to basics or infusing a classic fit with a bit of trend power. Fur makes an excellent choice when you need something a touch more luxurious. And now the fashion world is seeing padded puffer scarves enter the scene as the must-try style of the season, piggybacking on the popularity of their full-size outerwear cousins.
Ahead, we turn to the street style set to inspire seven chic ways to wear a scarf this fall and winter. Whether you wrap it, knot it, drape it, dress it up or dress it down, here’s to staying fashionably warm all season long.
The puffer motif has extended well beyond the realm of things sporty with its recent surge in popularity. A plaid padded scarf looks entirely elegant when paired with a luxe knit and wide-leg jewel-tone trousers. Add a sleek leather top-handle for the perfect finishing touch.
Plaid Puffer Scarf
Hannah Turtleneck Sweater
Paula High-Waist Pintuck Pant
Alice and Olivia
Black and leather are foundational elements of most any city girl’s wardrobe, but a brightly colored scarf packs a punch to take your autumn ensemble from dark to daring. For extra impact, bring in some exotic snakeskin textures as well.
Cashmere Harvard Scarf
Iris von Arnim
Black Biker Skirt
7 for All Mankind
Heeled Snakeskin Print Boot
Apply a trendy update to classic plaid by pairing it with electric green. Burberry’s signature check scarf has long been a classic, but bold neon gives it just the right jolt to make it feel modern and of-the-moment.
Vintage Check Cashmere Bandana
Laminated Check Trench Coat
Flexin' On 'Em Sock Boots
Nail the country club aesthetic of a sweater knotted over the shoulders, but in a more conveniently layer-able package, by choosing a scarf that mimics the look of knit sleeves. A sophisticated navy suit works well as the base for such a preppy accessory.
Cable-Knit Cricket-Inspired Scarf
Long-Line Twill Blazer
If you’re the kind of person who lives for all things cozy the moment a chill hits the air, this look has your name written all over it. A oversized scarf basically makes it socially acceptable to bring your blanket with you outside the house. (Now if only the couch could come too...)
Oversized Rainbow Block Scarf
Le High Cropped Fray Jeans
When you think of scarves, chances are you think of something knitted or woven, but don’t forget about fur varieties as you plan your winter wardrobe. A touchable stole is especially ideal for evening wear, when you need something warm that won’t look too casual or frumpy.
Color-Block Faux Fur Skinny Scarf
The Draper Floral Robe Jacket
Gilda Swarovski Crystal Mules
Go bold or go home. Slogan scarves are to winter what slogan tees were to summer. A cool, graphic scarf draped over your shoulder will amp up your most basic denim. And if you want to take things a notch higher, toss on a brightly colored fur coat.
Yellow Industrial Scarf
Ex-Boyfriend Sherpa Trucker Jacket
Hooded Faux Fur Jacket