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Is a scarf the most manly thing a guy can wear? No. Is it awesomely functional and able to add a pop of color to a dreary winter? Absolutely. Whether it’s wool, cotton, or fleece, scarves are a necessity in the cold weather. Continuing our Winter Wear Series, we bring you the 3 essential scarves of winter.

Polo Ralph Lauren Camo Scarf

Polo Ralph Lauren Camo Scarf

The Wool Scarf

A good wool scarf will breathe well while still keeping your neck warm. In recent years, lambswool has become more refined to give a perfect amount of softness rather than scratchiness. Instead of the traditional solid color scarf, try a pattern like this Polo Ralph Lauren Black Camo Scarf from Macys ($58). This is a scarf that can add something interesting to an otherwise drab winter look.

Lands End Polartec Men's Scarf

Lands End Polartec Men’s Scarf

The Fleece Scarf

A fleece scarf gives needed warmth with a notably casual look. It works perfectly under a vest, while shoveling snow, or when having a drink slope-side while everyone else skis. Lands End, the creators of all things warm, offers a 6 foot long “Polartec Aircore 200″ Scarf ($19). This lint, pet hair, and shock resistant scarf is constructed using a special knit that traps more air for warmth. If that doesn’t sound high tech (and warm), I don’t know what does. The extra length allows you to wrap it around as many times as you need to keep old man winter at bay.

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Scarf by Late Sunday Afternoon

Scarf by Late Sunday Afternoon

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Late Sunday Afternoon Scarf Closeup

Late Sunday Afternoon Scarf Closeup

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The Cotton Scarf

Not everywhere is as cold in December as it is here in Boston. When it’s regularly below freezing, it’s time to go with a cotton scarf. Cotton provides just the right amount of warmth without making you sweaty – perfect for a big guy. Check out this super soft cotton scarf from Venice California’s Late Sunday Afternoon. We spotted the brand earlier this year at American Field, and fell in love with their made in the U.S.A. products and designs.

Are you a wool, fleece, or cotton guy? Tell us what kind of scarf you’re rocking in the comments below. 

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