The weather around the US has been shockingly cold lately, and it’s that time of year in most of the Northern Hemisphere, so WAMSW is here to keep you warm. Specifically your neck.
Scarves are often seen as an accessory or maybe a bit feminine, but trust me, the shorter your hair, the more you need a scarf. This is definitely a wardrobe piece that changes by region–you are way more likely to see them in bigger cities or on the east coast of the US (than you would in the west) or Europe, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still embrace them.
There are four basic types of scarves, from thickest to thinnest: a thick knit (like a chunky sweater), a thin knit (like a lightweight sweater), a thin cotton/linen (thinner than a t-shirt, normally wider than the other types so it can be bunched), and a silk scarf.
Now, plain and simple, a silk scarf isn’t going to keep you warm. It is merely a statement piece. Silk is also not an easy fabric to take care of, so be prepared.
Cotton scarves are also more of an accessory, but it will keep the wind off your neck, so they are perfect for crisp fall or spring days. It is probably easier to find more patterns in this weight and the silk and both are better if you don’t like too much bulk around your neck.
The only real difference between the different knit weights is how much bulk you end up with. So try them on and figure out what you’re comfortable with. These will keep you warm and cozy without having to resort to fleece.
Pick a color and pattern that you can wear often and with a lot of outfits, especially if you don’t have a variety already in your possession. You can also tuck scarves into your coat, so that it doesn’t totally overwhelm you.
If you don’t think you are ready to take the scarf plunge, just make sure your coat has a high collar that you can turn up to add edge and wind protection to your outfit.
Disclaimer: All it takes is one scarf to make them your trademark, so be prepared for some attention. (i.e. Isaac “King of the Scarves” Lahey)