With winter on the horizon and the nights starting to draw in, make sure you've got your cold-weather accessories sorted so the chill doesn't catch you out. There are lots of cheap imitations out there but we swear by warm, woolly pieces to see you through any cold snaps. All these on the list are made with wool and there should be a colour, size and style to suit the hardest-to-please scarf shoppers.
1. Wool scarf: £19.99, hm.com
For a scarf made of 100 per cent wool you would expect to be paying quite a bit more than £20, which is what makes this from H&M such a bargain. It’s big enough to keep you completely warm when the temperatures begin to plummet and as it's beige, it’s unlikely to clash with anything else you’re wearing.
2. Paul Smith striped scarf: £149, farfetch.com
If you want to stand out from the suited and booted crowd on those dull winter work days, you can’t go far wrong with this multicoloured scarf from British designer Paul Smith in the brand's signature stripes. It contrasts well with a dark suit and the silk-wool blend adds a feeling of luxury.
3. Savile Rogue: £62, savile-rogue.com
Wear your colours proudly with one of Savile Rogue’s simple yet stylish cashmere scarves, designed specifically for rugby and football fans. Football teams from England’s top five leagues and across Europe are included, as are multiple Union and League clubs, so whether you follow Barcelona or Bradford Bulls, you’re covered.
4. Palle scarf: £75, acnestudios.com
Here’s another item that was inspired by the traditional football scarf, this time from the cool Scandinavian fashion house. The understated colours, a two-tone mix of green and deep blue, mean it works for both smart and casual days.
5. Marl Crotchet Stitch scarf: £99, johnstonscashmere.com
Woven in Elgin, Scotland, this scarf is made of a yarn blend between superfine wool and cashmere, which delivers warmth and softness, and also allows for the crotchet stitch pattern. Our favourite version of the scarf is left with its natural colour, but there are also blue and red options available.
6. Alexander McQueen Oblong scarf: £175, thecorner.com
The fondness for scarves that are somewhat on the hefty side continues into the Autumn/Winter collections of this year. If you're after something designer, this from Alexander McQueen comes in at impressive 180 inches long and also ticks the box for another trend: text on scarves.
7. Ralph Lauren classic reversible scarf: £55, selfridges.com
You can always rely on Ralph Lauren for classic looks and comfort. This signature lambswool scarf is no exception to the rule. It comes in three different colours — navy blue, dark red and beige — and is reversible so has the added bonus of versatility.
8. Pure Lambswool Mini Checked scarf: £25, marksandspencer.com
Here we have a scarf that brings together classic design, good quality fabric and an affordable price — a winning combination in our books. At 190cm it’s long enough to provide ample protection from the cold.
9. Fred Perry Mens Fairisle Knit scarf: £29.99, mandmdirect.com
A fairisle makes us think of snowy winter days, this pattern has been given the Fred Perry treatment with the pattern incorporating the brand's logo. With the bottoms of the scarf tucked away under a jacket, it can be subtle, but if you want to make more of an impact, you can reveal the detailed, colourful tails.
10. Chunky Cable scarf: £39, boden.co.uk
The bulky cable-knit style of scarf is among the best to keep you toasty over the coming months, and this one from Boden does exactly the trick. It’s a lambswool-blend, so is soft against your skin and there are two colours to choose from 0- this cream with a bottle green trim and a navy and red version.
11. Lambswool scarf: £30, arthurandhenry.com
Each of these high quality, lambswool scarves is handwoven by the women of the Panchachuli co-opeartive, a Himalayan community that has been weaving for decades. All proceeds from the herringbone scarves, which come in seven different colours, go directly to the women.
If you're on a budget, you'll be hard pressed to find a much better deal than the offering from H&M, which is great value at just under £20. But if you're willing to spend big, then the striking Paul Smith scarf would be our recommendation.
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