It is cold outside and thoughts turn to knitwear. If you want to keep your neck warm, check out my 10 of the best men’s scarves.
Granted you can walk in anywhere for a scarf these days and come out with something decent, whether that’s Uniqlo, Marks and Spencer or a camping shop. If you want something functional you can do just that.
But I’m not just looking at functional, although that always comes into it. What’s the point of a scarf if it doesn’t actually keep you warm when you are out and about? With that in mind, I’m skipping the classic Tootal scarf and all of its competitors this time.
On top of the functionality, I am looking for scarves that actually look good too. After all, you are wearing it and probably wearing it for quite a while if the current weather is anything to go by.
So 10 that keep you warm and look the part. Here they are and in no particular order…
1. Fred Perry Merino wool scarves
A touch of the college scarf about this design, although if you want more than a touch, there are other options further down the list.
Two colours, as you can see above, both offering a classic, almost retro look for this merino wool scarf with its stripe design and hassle trim, finished with the Fred Perry logo, if logos happen to be your thing.
I do wonder if you are paying more because the logo is there, with the one retailing for £60.
2. Appleberry college-style football scarves
No, you didn’t have to wait long for something more full-on when it comes to a college scarf. Except this one comes with its own twist.
As you might have worked out, this is a college scarf in football (or soccer if you prefer) colours. Take your pick of almost every club out there. Some fairly generic, some more closely associated with the club, whether that’s English or Scottish clubs or European teams.
Each one is made of pure Saxony wool too and made in the UK, as well as being a great cold weather and match day option. £49.99 if you want one.
3. Merino wool football scarves by Retro Clasico
Working a similar theme with these Retro Clasico scarves.
It’s hard to choose between these and the Savile Rogue scarves which have been around longer and also have matching beanie hats if that’s your thing. But these are cheaper and the designs seem a little less generic.
These are based on scarves you associate with days gone, but with the added premium finish. Some straightforward alternate colours for the scarves, but it’s the ones that nod back to classic club colours that perhaps work best for me.
All scarves come in a presentation box, should you fancy giving one as a gift, selling for £34.95.
4. Barbour classic tartan scarves
A company with a heritage for outdoor gear. Of course, Barbour does a decent scarf.
A classic tartan scarf, each one is made of a luxurious lambswool and cashmere blend finished with a fringed hem. That’s about all you need to know. Good-looking and toastie warm for your neck.
Plenty of designs to choose from, with prices hovering above and below the £30 mark.
5. Arbury cable-knit wool scarf by Oliver Spencer
What’s the perfect accessory for your cable-knit sweater? Perhaps this Arbury cable-knit wool scarf by Oliver Spencer.
A different option from what has just past (and what it coming up), this is a lengthy scarf in a cable stitch from wool that’s described as ‘naturally warm’ and with a ‘smooth handle’. Grey is a pretty solid colour too – goes with everything. Well, almost.
But this isn’t a cheap one coming in at £110 if you have some cash to spare.
6. Breton scarves at Jump The Gun
This might be a new one on you. I have featured plenty of Breton tops and t-shirts, not least the ones from Armor-Lux. But a Breton scarf isn’t quite so obvious.
In fact, I have only seen these at Jump The Gun. Take your pick from three colour options, including the one you see above. All are made of 100 per cent wool with the Breton stripe design and all are made in France. Of course they are.
Each sells for £40.
7. Ryder and Amies college scarf
If you want a college scarf, perhaps just get one from a shop that has been selling them to students since 1864. All the better if you are associated with a college past or present.
Handmade in England from 100 per cent Saxony wool, these are a single thickness fabric with hemmed edges and finished with the Ryder and Amies label. Note that these are produced in our small Cambridgeshire factory by skilled tradeswomen who have been supplying Cambridge University and their colleges with scarves for the past 50 years.
Also, note that you can also make your own scarf if you have colours you want to use on a scarf. Although that might go up a little from the standard £45 price.
8. Johnston of Elgin tri-colour stripe cashmere scarf
A heritage brand and one that has done collaborations with ‘hip’ retailers. Most recently Oi Polloi I think. But this is available directly from the maker.
A maker that has been in the business since 1797, so you can be sure this is a quality product. But it comes at a very steep price. If it’s too steep for you, there are cheaper options on the site. But this is the one that caught my eye.
A design that hints at the ivy league and available in two colour options, this is an interpretation of a classic college scarf by Johnston of Elgin and produced in 100 per cent cashmere in Hawick, Scotland.
That price? You are looking at a hefty £229. As you can see, there’s a matching hat too.
9. Fred Perry tartan scarf range
This is just one design out of five. But names and tartans aside, this is much the same scarf.
That scarf is made in Scotland (as you might have guessed) and produced from pure lambswool and knitted in a traditional tartan. Of course, the fringed edges and a Fred Perry logo finishing things off.
£50 gets you one at Fred Perry, but you can get them a little bit cheaper at End Clothing.
10. College-style scarves at 80s Casual Classics
A little cheaper than actual college scarves and some interesting colour options too.
No, I didn’t expect this retailer to be producing college scarves either, but they have done it with some style. This scarf is made from pure new wool and features a fleece lining which will keep you warm too.
As I said, some nice designs and if you want one, you are looking at £39.95.