Thanks to their warmth and soft texture, the best cashmere scarves are an attainable luxury. Cashmere is derived from Kashmir goats, which live in freezing climates and thus produce a super-warm undercoat from which the soft fibers are brushed off and then spun into yarn to create clothes and accessories, like scarves and cashmere sweaters. And while not nearly as cold as the -30 degree Himalayas, winters on the East Coast and in the mountains can be brutal. One part of the solution? Throw on a cashmere scarf. This winter accessory transitions easily between your indoor and outdoor wardrobe—some of our favorite cashmere scarf outfit formulas include pairing yours with a turtleneck (opens in new tab) and jeans, or a sweater and slip skirt. (opens in new tab) An essential and timeless piece, a cashmere scarf is an item you'll have in your wardrobe for years to come.
No matter how you style yours—be it with a winter sweater, leather pants, a heavy coat and beret, or with a bright puffer for a sophisticated touch to an otherwise sporty piece—these are the best cashmere scarves topping our lists. Each one will stand the test of time.
Best Deals on Cashmere Scarves
H&M Cashmere-Blend Scarf,
$85 $55 at H&M (opens in new tab)
When you want affordable basics, you turn to H&M first. Case in point: This wool and cashmere blend scarf with a reasonable $85 price tag, which is almost too good to be true when it comes to the luxe knitted material.
Naadam Signature Ribbed Cashmere Scarf,
$145 $102 at Naadam (opens in new tab)
This ribbed cashmere scarf from sustainably and ethically conscious Naadam lends texture to any outfit of your choice, be it uncontroversial and classic or experimental and bold.
Portolano Cashmere Scarf,
$205 $105 at Saks Off 5th (opens in new tab)
Embrace color pops this season, starting with this cashmere scarf from Portolano in electric magenta.
The Best Cashmere Scarves
- Best Overall Cashmere Scarf: Uniqlo Cashmere Scarf (opens in new tab)
- Best Affordable Cashmere Scarf: GOBI Cashmere Cashmere Check Square Scarf (opens in new tab)
- Best Black Cashmere Scarf: H&M Cashmere-Blend Scarf (opens in new tab)
- Best Burberry Cashmere Scarf: Burberry Mini Classic Vintage Check Cashmere Scarf (opens in new tab)
- Highest-Rated Cashmere Scarf: White + Warren Cashmere Scarf (opens in new tab)
Best Burberry Cashmere Scarf
For those who naturally gravitate toward the fashion classics, add this cashmere scarf in Burberry's iconic, archival plaid print to your virtual cart. It also makes for a thoughtful gift for anyone in your life who appreciates the finer things. Take it from one reviewer who treated their son to this cozy, checked accessory: "My son loves his scarf! I got him matching socks because he just had to have them (his words, not mine)," they write. This cashmere piece would also pair perfectly with a Burberry trench coat, by the way.
Highest-Rated Cashmere Scarf
We love a pop of winter white on a murky, gray winter day, especially one knitted from cashmere. And White + Warren's Cashmere Scarf in a crisp, snowy shade offers just the right intensity need. Furthermore, it's a cult favorite amongst the brand's customers. It boasts a perfect five out of five stars from its happy reviewers, with one overjoyed buyer calling it "the best wrap in the world." Another customer shares that it's a "great weight and length, making it easy to style under coats and versatile."
Best Color-Gradient Cashmere Scarf
For the traditional neutrals-only dressers (I see you and I want to challenge you!), here's a cashmere scarf that will ease you gently into the exciting world of color. Gentle Herd's fringed number, with its teal-to-gray-to-mauve-to-indigo gradient, pairs well with neutrals and brights alike, so the styling options are truly endless. And since it's made from 100 percent cashmere, it's incredibly soft and luscious, which is an even greater incentive for you to throw it around your neck and head out the door.
Best Ribbed Cashmere Scarf
This ribbed cashmere scarf from sustainably and ethically conscious Naadam lends texture to any outfit of your choice, be it uncontroversial and classic or experimental and bold. One customer writes of this scarf that the "texture is very soft, just the right thickness and length. Plus," they add, "I can wear it in good conscience knowing the animals were not mistreated, and that fair trade was a priority." This scarf makes for a perfect gift for your bestie, too. Take it from this reviewer: "This was a gift for a dear friend. She has never owned anything cashmere, lives in Chicago, and hasn’t taken it off since she got it."
Best Affordable Cashmere Scarf
Authentic, locally-made Mongolian cashmere for only $50? You don't have to pinch yourself because, no, you're not dreaming—this is real. The affordable and sustainable cashmere brand explains that the wool for its olive green scarf was sourced from Hircus goats in Inner Mongolia in line with its ethical production standards. And in addition to its conscientious production, this is a scarf you'll find yourself reaching for every day. Take it from this Quince customer: "The quality of this scarf is top-notch. It's soft, long enough to wrap in different styles, and can even be used as a small shoulder cover."
The Trendy Cashmere Scarf
Embrace color pops this season, starting with this cashmere scarf from Portolano in electric magenta. It's a perfect example of how the Barbiecore pink trend certainly shows no sign of slowing down. This scarf is crafted of 100 percent pure cashmere wool—a.k.a. it's an incredibly warm piece that'll come in mighty handy when winter's wind chill makes the weather feel Arctic. Furthermore, it's over 50 percent off at The Outnet; It originally retails for $295 but is listed now at $133, which is a very good deal you certainly don't want to let pass you by.
Best Plaid Cashmere Scarf
Launched originally as a wool mill in Elgin, Scotland, in 1797 (talk about a throwback!), Johnstons of Elgin is a clothing brand that champions pristine craftsmanship and hands-on production, passing on its secrets of the trade from generation to generation of owners. Look, for instance, to its plaid scarf made entirely of pure, 100 percent cashmere. It's classic in look and reflects the label's mission of cherishing fine quality and production. Consider pairing this tartan scarf with a beige trench coat (opens in new tab) for an utterly timeless look—checkmate!
Best Overall Cashmere Scarf
If you're looking for a cashmere scarf that's hard-working in terms of winter-proof warmth but not overly and mind-boggling expensive, Uniqlo's striped option from its collab with Marni is your girl. It comes in at only $30 and is made of 100 percent pure cashmere, which makes its reasonable price tag almost too good to be true. Not partial to its blue and baby pink colorway? No worries—try Uniqlo's other graphic colorways in brown, blood orange, and cantaloupe. Perhaps even pick up both styles if the mood strikes.
Best Recycled Cashmere Scarf
Crafted from start to finish in Italy and woven from sustainably-produced recycled cashmere and eco-friendly materials, this scarf from Cuyana is a winter purchase you can feel good about making—and one that will last you for ample seasons to come, too. As for how to wear this jumbo-sized piece, the options are yours to experiment with. Wrap it loosely around your shoulders as a luxe wrap, double-loop it around your neck, or tie it into one front-and-center knot—feel free to get creative.
Best Black Cashmere Scarf
As experienced shoppers know, when you want affordable basics, you turn to H&M first. Case in point: This wool and cashmere blend scarf with a reasonable $85 price tag, which is almost too good to be true when it comes to the luxe knitted material. Offered in inky blank, sandy beige, and light camel, this scarf is sure to become a cold-weather hero piece for any minimalists forced to brave the elements this winter. Consider teaming it with a pea coat and ribbed beanie in a matching neutral shade.
Best Cashmere Snood Scarf
Any item from the Swedish label is a minimalist's dream (you're definitely familiar with Totême's striped turtleneck sweater (opens in new tab)), but its cashmere wool snood, in particular, is a seasonal standout. A tubular piece that's a hybrid between a cowl neck and scarf, a snood is a must-have for those who aren't a fan of excess bulk but want their neck to be covered and protected from winter's harsh winds. Yes, it's a splurge, but just think about how much this cozy piece will streamline your winter accessorizing!
The Bold Cashmere Scarf
Boldy pivot from classic stripes or monochromatic beiges and blacks in favor of this cashmere tie-dye design. Hand-knitted from ultra-soft 100 percent cashmere in The Elder Statesman's Los Angeles studio, this scarf will spice up your winter outfits with a bit of eclectic flair. The brand is heralded for its maximalist approach to knitwear but if you haven't quite worked up the courage to try one of its in-your-face turtlenecks or cardigans just yet, settle for its statement scarf instead.
At 70.9 inches by 13.8 inches, Valentino's graphic wool and cashmere scarf boasts a more narrow silhouette, making it an ideal option if you prefer non-bulky winter accessories with a luxurious look and feel. Tie the black and white style into a knot and tuck it into a floor-sweeping duster for maximum warmth. Or, consider looping it just once around your neck and allow its fringed ends to dangle out and blow freely in the wind for a dramatic, high-fashion moment that Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli would definitely approve of.
Emma Childs is the Style Editor at Marie Claire, where she researches up-and-coming trends, curates shopping guides, and gushes about the must-buy items she can't stop thinking about. She previously wrote for TZR, Editorialist, Elite Daily, and Mission Magazine and studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University. When she's not writing up fashion deep-dives or finding the season's best pieces, you'll find her fiddling around in Photoshop and perusing HBO Max for the next show to base her personality on (currently, it's "Succession").
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