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What to Wear to Stay Warm? A Delightfully Practical Puffer Scarf

Photographed by  Nigel Shafran, Vogue, September 2019

Winter is in full swing with some of the coldest days of the year still to come. And while stocking up on a warm winter coat usually happens ahead of the freezing temps and snow days, it’s often in the dead of winter when we remember that winter accessories, like scarves, are just as essential. There are plenty of beautiful, cashmere and wool scarves on the market, but it can be hard to decipher which versions will actually stave off the cold—most scarves are more fashion than function. However, one style in particular does seem up to the task of keeping you warm and stylish: the puffer scarf.

Cmmn Sweden, Holzweiler, and Roksanda are some of the designers who have sent quilted nylon scarves down recent runways, and it makes sense. The puffer coat has cemented its position in our wardrobes–it’s a must-have essential for braving the elements in 2021 when chilly walks through the park and alfresco dining are a small way to achieve some semblance of normalcy this year.

Getting outdoors also calls for a heavy duty scarf, so a puffed-style is the next logical step in our fashion evolution towards dressing for warmth. Outdoor outfitters like the North Face and a handful of fashion designers have all created these functional winter accessories. The former makes a slick, city-ready black iteration. There’s also a bright, cheerful option from Max Mara and a sophisticated pinstripe quilted scarf from Dries Van Noten. These makers seem to be in alignment; the puffer scarf is the practical and stylish answer to frigid weather. Plus, they have staying power— wear them through spring with a T-shirt in lieu of any coat at all. Here, shop 18 puffer scarves to keep you warm all winter long.

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