The Best Men's Scarves in 2024, Tested by a Celebrity Stylist

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PLEASE BRACE YOURSELVES—we've got a long winter ahead. With snow already on the ground and sub-zero temps plummeting across the coast, being outside is only going to become even more intolerable. Just think: commuting to work in blustery winds, shoveling the driveway after each snowfall, and skiing down the slopes during a weekend trip. To conquer the winter and the activities that come with it, you must prepare yourself with the proper cold-weather gear and accessories like the best men's scarves.

One very important hack to dull winter’s chill, is to make sure your neck is warm at all times. It dictates how the rest of your body feels. For that reason, we highly encourage investing in the best winter scarves. Not only do they feel cozy to the touch and thermoregulating to the body, but also help your winter ensembles look super polished and stylish. After all, we don’t sacrifice fashion for function here (and vice versa), which is why we’ve compiled the best scarves to wear in 2024, to help you stay warm and look good this season.

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When it comes to Lululemon, you can count on two things: comfort and function. Take its scarf—one side bears plush, textured fleece for extra coziness, while the other side has a soft matte fabric, which is designed with a windproof and water-repellent shell that protects you from the elements.

Plus, it’s packed with a 600-fill power goose down that’s kept us warm on even the chillest commutes. A zippered pocket lets you keep your belongings close to your chest. In terms of styling—we recommend draping the scarf around your neck or tying it into a knot.

Paul Smith is a master of color combinations, which is infused into his timeless designs. The Multi-Stripe Herringbone Scarf is an extension of the brand’s signature style, and is made with a wool-cashmere blend, which will keep you warm in the midst of freezing temps and blustery winds.

Too much color can be distracting at times, but this scarf, keep it classy with a subtle design and texture that won’t clash with your fits. In fact, we love that it has enough versatility to pair with cool-toned outfits or casual looks.

This plaid scarf from Acne is probably the most fashionable on this list. It's a subtle flex from the contemporary Swedish brand that screams understated luxury. Made in Italy, this wool-blend is softer than most, and made with a cool twisted fringe for a unique take on the seasonal classic.

While the price is a bit steep, we love the timeless design of this scarf, which explains why it's become a repeated staple in our winter wardrobe. In addition, the fringe is a cool embellishment that gives it a bit of movement when you walk.

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Cashmere is synonymous with winter because the soft, ultra-warming fiber keeps you comfortable and snug all season long. It has an insulating quality like no other, hence its hefty price tag, which makes it perfect for regulating body temperature. If you can afford it, we recommend this navy pinstripe scarf from Todd Snyder.

We love the brushed finish, which feels extra smooth and luxurious. The tasseled edge and pattern add extra style points. After wearing this in the winter, we found that it can easily be worn with a suit or layered over a nice wool sweater.

Cold temps mean massive scarves. AllSaints makes a great one, which has a hint of stretch and moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cozy and dry in the snow. While the material looks thick, the scarf is super soft and has a medium weight that’s still breathable. It also drapes nicely and stays free from wrinkles.

It's not a scarf roundup without the iconic Burberry check cashmere scarf. This bold icon of sorts will never go out of style. Sure pricey, but you're paying for the quality, timelessness and flex. It's a supremely soft style statement with the finest fringe end detail.

When you're bored with wearing solids or stripes, opt for a more lively winter scarf. Take this plaid option from Vince. It’s crafted from a blend of alpha and merino, the latter of which has anti-odor and moisture-wicking properties to keep you from overheating. We love that it’s brushed, so it feels extra soft. This can easily be paired with a neutral-colored outfit.

This classic, wool, neutral accessory is made from the perfect blend of Peruvian alpaca and merino wool. It's chunky and warming, with moisture wicking properties that will warm you, but won't suffocate you. The best part is the woven knit has the most gentle texture like a cozy blanket to make you feel snug as a bug in a rug.

Get this: Ralph Lauren allows you to customize your very own wool knit scarf. To put your own spin on it, you can choose from more than 20 color variations, designs, fonts, and graphics that represent the brand's equestrian heritage. Plus, it’s shipped in the brand’s signature gift box for free, making it a great present.

Looking to save some money on a scarf? This is one the most affordable scarves for men on this list, with the highest reviews, thanks to Amazon. This best-selling winter accessory is made from a soft acrylic blend that will get the job done in a variety of styles to choose from. It's also featherweight, so you can wear it in the fall as well.

We love a waffle-knit shirt during the winter, which is why this waffle-knit scarf from Everlane made its way on our list. It's actually made with a felted merino wool for a not-so-bulky warming element. The extra-fine merino wool has been washed and boiled for a softer, warmer, and more durable result. Plus, it's certified by the Responsible Wool Standard to ensure proper conditions for the sheep and their land.

If you want a classic bold print, houndstooth is always a good idea. The jagged, checkered pattern has a classic appeal that will never go out of style. We can bet the same for this winter accessory from Mr. Porter. Produced from soft wool and jacquard knit, the scarf has a generous shape and soft feel. To top it off, the black and white palette will work well with almost anything in your wardrobe.

Tech merino prioritizes comfort while supporting sustainable practices. Mack Weldon added a soft and sturdy stitch for the perfect combination of soft, stretchy, warming wool in a textured waffle-knit you'll never want to take off. It's probably our favorite, most functional scarf on this list.

A reversible scarf means two styles you can rock. Enter Cole Haan’s version. One side features a black and brown houndstooth print. On the flip side is a subtle chevron pattern. We prefer wearing this for formal occasions, on top of overcoats, suits, or your corner office fits.

The key to finding the best winter scarf for you is to consider your closet. Are your clothes and coats in the greens and grays, or do they fall in the blues and blacks category? You’re most likely going to be wearing a scarf on repeat, so make sure it can coordinate with the majority of your signature colors. From the classic tartan plaid, to textured knits, and solid cashmere, there are a ton of different styles to choose from. A bold color like blue or red is a fashion statement we love, while a muted plaid is a seasonal classic.

Cashmere is the fancier material in this category, for when you’re going out to a party or looking to impress on a day in the office. Wool, on the other hand, is more durable and warmer, but doesn’t feel as soft to the skin as cashmere. Then, there’s a world of knit blends, including our favorite material, merino wool that really does it all.

There’s a variety of ways to style your winter scarf. But, how you decide to wear it depends on whether you’re looking for it to be the finishing touch to an ensemble, front-line defense against the elements, or both.

One of the easiest and simplest ways to style your scarf is to drape it around your neck and let the ends hang down in front. This technique is reserved for style, not for function. Make sure it’s neat and the sides fall at the same length. Draping your scarf works for both casual and formal outfits.

Similar to a formal necktie, you can tie your scarf to close up your exposed neck and also make a great fashionable addition to your look. The best way to do this is by folding the scarf in half lengthwise and wrapping it around your neck. Then pull the loose end through the opening of the fold. And wallah, you have a classic knot.

If you’re in a rush out the door and have no time to form a knot, you can still achieve both style and function of the scarf by wrapping it around a few times. This way, you’re not only covering your neck, also shielding your face and ears from the cold.

Each winter, Men's Health style editors try and test different scarves from trusted brands, then narrow down our favorites based on comfort, function, style and price points. Our team put the best scarves for men to the test and worn them during commutes to work, errand runs, casual outings, and winter sports.

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Vanessa is an established editor, stylist and shopping expert covering all things style, gear and wellness. She lives in Los Angeles and is passionate about sharing innovative products, tips and trends for people and the planet.

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