“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” So said English walker Alfred Wainwright. (Or Billy Connolly, or lots of Norwegians, according to who you listen to.) If you agree and you’re reading this while sheltering from New York’s brutal winter, you have my sympathy. And a novel suggestion for staying warm; doubling up on neck wear.
This is something I used to do a lot, but I kind of forgot about it over the years. Wearing two scarves gives you double insulation as you’re trapping warmth in between the layers. The wider your scarves, the better as you’re then covering your whole neck as well as your ears.
Styling-wise, it gives you all sorts of options for colour, weight and texture play. For example, twist two complementary colours* together, wear a padded nylon scarf with a similar size wool one (above by Jil Sander* and Khaite*), or for minimal bulk, go for lighter-weight knits*, narrow scarves* or ‘bandana’ styles with pointed edges (like these from Extreme Cashmere*). Or in less extreme weather you can get the double-scarf look with an ombre* or two-tone* effect. If you want to keep your face as frost-free as your neck, how about layering a scarf over a Toteme snood* or a balaclava?
The good thing about double scarf styling is it’s pretty easy to shop your closet or find inexpensive examples of these looks from Etsy, Depop, army surplus or secondhand stores.
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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