The best scarves for women to keep you toasty and stylish this season

The best scarves for women will keep you stylish and cosy through the frosty months, and we've found great picks at every budget

composite of models wearing the best scarves for women from Net a Porter, Zara, H&M
(Image credit: Net a Porter, Zara, H&M)

The best scarves for women are the cherry on top of any winter ensemble. Equal parts cosy and stylish, they are a wardrobe staple that you will never grow tired of, and never not need. From soft cashmere designs to bright and beautiful patterned numbers, there is plenty to choose from this season.

The best scarves for women are as essential as the best winter hats when it comes to nailing those winter outfit ideas. An item you will wear and need day after day, it's worth investing in one of the best scarves to keep your neck and chest warm in the colder months. 

Wondering how to pick the best scarves for women? Similarly to other key capsule wardrobe staples, the best scarves should be versatile and wearable with numerous outfits. Classic colours such as navy, camel, cream and black will always be in style and useful, although a bright-coloured iteration is great for lifting your look and can add a real wow factor to the best winter coats. When it comes to fabric, cashmere and wool will be best at keeping you warm, but a chunky knitted scarf in other fabrics will also trap the heat to keep you suitably snug.

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Once just seen as a wardrobe essential, in recent seasons the best scarves for women have shored up their fashion credentials too. Now a regular feature on the runway, designers have played with both scale and texture to bring the most trend-led varieties to the fore. In line with the latest fashion trends, this season's best scarves for women cover everything from chic neutral hues to the mood-boosting brights of dopamine dressing.

What is the best type of scarf for winter?

For maxmium warmth in winter, you will want to opt for a wool or cashmere scarf that is guaranteed to keep you cosy. Synthetic fibers like acrylic also do a good job of keeping the heat in, but they won't be quite as breathable as natural fabrics. 

In terms of style, any oversized knit that you can wrap around your neck a couple of times is a great bet, but infinity scarves or shorter picks that you can tuck into oversized jumpers or coats will provide more room for movement but also keep the chill out.

Are scarves still in style?

Scarves are one of the most practical and stylish items you can own, so we can't imagine them ever going out of style. But if you want to invest in a piece you can be sure won't date, we recommend sticking to neutral hues and high-quality fabrics like cashmere for lasting comfort. However, there are other ways to accessorise and keep warm without a scarf if you want to switch up your look. 

"Although scarves are still popular and a great way to add colour to your winter wardrobe, we are also seeing a rise in other winter headwear and neckwear such as balaclavas," says  Liz Williams, Outerwear Designer at The Checkroom. The good news is that you can easily wear a scarf over your head to recreate this look without splashing out any extra money - yet another reason why a scarf is a brilliant investment.

Our experts:

Liz Williams
Liz Williams

Outerwear Designer at The Checkroom, Liz Williams creates “Classic Inspired Statement Coats for Modern Women.” Liz is a former Instructor of Fashion Design at Columbia College in Chicago, where she educated students in fashion design, patternmaking, sewing, and fabric manipulation. 

Kerrie Hughes
Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is the Deputy Editor of woman&home. Previously, she worked as the editor of Creative Bloq, the world's number one design website.

Amelia Yeomans
Senior writer

Amelia joined woman&home in 2022 after graduating with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University and she is now a senior fashion and beauty writer. She began building her career as a lifestyle journalist after completing a fashion journalism course at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in 2019, writing for a variety of titles including OK!, New!, and Notion on topics such as sustainable fashion and entertainment.