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Ask Chris Black: What’s a Good Throw Blanket to Flex My Taste and Keep Me Warm?

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If you’re looking for the most powerful hair dryer or the handiest chef’s knife, those things can be easy enough to find. Other objects of desire are a little more taste-based. What’s the next status water bottle or hand wash, for instance? Chris Black (he’s a partner at brand consultancy Public Announcement) is here to help, in the form of a regular column. If you have a burning question about the next fanny pack or Noah rugby shirt, drop us an email with the subject line “Ask Chris” at

With the temperature cooling, I’m looking to invest in a new throw blanket for my couch. Have any recommendations for a (roughly) $300 budget?

I assume you keep your Hermès cashmere blankets on the PJ? You want something a little more casual for your home — I get it!

Parachute does one in a fluffy windowpane alpaca that is quite appealing. Warm, cozy, and very well-priced.

The rest of my picks are a bit above your price range, but when has this column ever been about sticking to a budget?. This black-and-white lattice-inspired wool throw from Missoni will look great tossed casually on your vintage Ligne Roset microfiber Togo (or any sofa). It’s art that keeps you warm. *Chef’s kiss*

The double-faced cashmere throw from Barney’s in-house brand also really speaks to me. The bright yellow will keep things cheerful in the gloomy winter months. It’s the color of the sun!

And I have to include something from Loro Piana. [Future voice]: How could I not?! Nothing is more luxurious than gray cashmere. This will make watching Bill Maher on Friday nights much more comfortable.

You gave some great sock picks to last week’s color-curious reader. Wondering if you could suggest a few more stylish fall/winter pairs in more neutral/understated palettes?  

As a known loafer enthusiast, I don’t wear socks during the warmer months; I just find that it ~kills~ my look. But with temperatures dropping, it’s time to wrap your lower extremities in luxurious fabrics.

A ribbed cotton pair from Charvet in a seasonally appropriate shade of Army green would work well with almost any outfit.