Sorry Beanies & Gloves, Oversized Scarves Are Our Go-To Winter Accessory

BeaniesGloves? Sure, they're important come days when the wind chill falls to double-digit negatives and your extra hot coffee order gets cold in 10 minutes flat. But on the winter fashion scale, both tend to be sort of basic. Au contraire, scarves are anything but. Silk ones, skinny ones, plaid ones, cashmere ones, even scarf jackets... see what we mean? But if there's one scarf we'll always hold closest to our hearts (literally), it's the oversized scarves that keep us warm and snug all winter long.

From what we've seen, designers agree. Every brand is putting its mark on this cold-weather accessory. From luxe cashmere options to colorful, playful patterns and minimalistic tinted blanket scarves, there are zero excuses for your neck to get cold and to be fashionably decked out. So next time you think about spending $10 on your fifth pair of black "tech-friendly" gloves that you already own or a looks-like-every-other-beanie, opt for an oversized scarf that's just as much of an accessory as it is a necessity. Plus, since it's extra long, it can also double as a chic balaclava.

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Minimalistic Oversized Scarves

Calling all the minimalists. Browse through our selections of neutral-hued, oversized scarves. They add a subtle, stylish twist to your all-black or navy 'fits.

Acne Studios Fringed Checked Knitted Scarf, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Madewell (Re)sourced Oversized Scarf, $, available at Madewell

Multicolor Oversized Scarves

Bring on all the rainbow colors and free yourself from the winter blues.

Free People Skye Stripe Fringe Scarf, $, available at Free People

hffx Rainbow knitted scarf, $, available at Etsy

Vince Brushed Oversized Alpaca Striped Scarf, $, available at Shopbop

Cashmere Oversized Scarves

Take luxe to the next level with an ultrasoft oversized cashmere scarf.

White + Warren Cashmere Wrap Scarf, $, available at Anthropologie

Guest In Residence The Below Zero Blanket Scarf, $, available at Guest In Residence

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Wrap, $, available at Quince

COS Chunky Ribbed-Knit Pure Cashmere Scarf, $, available at COS

Oversized Knitted Scarves

What could be better than an extra long knitted scarf to keep you snug and cuddly in the winter storms and breeze?

NA-KD Knitted Scarf, $, available at NA-KD

Everlane The Felted Merino Waffle-Knit Scarf, $, available at Everlane

Boardmans Knitted Scarf In Multi, $, available at ASOS

H&M Wool Scarf, $, available at H&MPhoto Courtesy of H&M.

Gucci Fringed Checked Knitted Scarf, $, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

Urban Outfitters Sophia Cozy Nubby Oblong Scarf, $, available at Urban OutfittersPhoto Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

My Accessories Super Soft Extra Long Scarf, $, available at ASOSPhoto Courtesy of Asos.

Acne Studios Boucle Scarf, $, available at Acne Studios

Topshop Heavy Brushed Scarf, $, available at TopshopPhoto Courtesy of Topshop.

Mango Knit Maxi Scarf, $, available at Mango

Wilfred The Classic Wool Scarf, $, available at AritziaPhoto Courtesy of Aritzia.

Destin Hand Finished Scarf, $, available at Need Supply

Isabel Marant Alany Wooly Scarf, $, available at ShopbopPhoto Courtesy of Shopbop.

Zara Patchwork Scarf, $, available at ZaraPhoto Courtesy of Zara.

Bershka Textured Scarf, $, available at BershkaPhoto Courtesy of Bershka.

Calvin Klein 205West39NYC Wool Scarf, $, available at SSENSEPhoto Courtesy of Ssense.

& Other Stories Oversized Wool Scarf, $, available at & Other StoriesPhoto Courtesy of & Other Stories.

The Elder Statesman Longstocking Striped Cashmere Scarf, $, available at Moda OperandiPhoto Courtesy of Moda Operandi.

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