In a perfect world, it’s best to touch the scarf you’re getting for someone. But if that’s not possible, we’ve come up with an alternative: We reached out to various artists, shop owners, designers, and authors who really love their scarves and asked them to take self-portraits wearing them.
“I love Virginia Johnson scarves. I have at least four of them: orange flowers, pink camels, blue sharks, frogs. Color makes me happy, and in the wintertime I tend to dress like a preschooler. These help.”
“I often match my T-shirt colors to my pants and dress in a single or similar color head to toe. I love wearing YesAnd’s scarf with that or with all-black-and-white attire to spice up the look. It’s supersoft.”
“I have this infinity scarf in two colors. What I love most about it is that it doesn’t require any styling; you just have to put it on. My daughter stole it from me, which is why I have two now. For a period, she slept with it.”
“I bought my Kapital scarf after seeing it on a friend and looking for it in vain for months. I can’t tell if it’s more or less practical than a traditional scarf. It’s warm but still lightweight. It’s like wearing a pillow.”
“This scarf was born out of a collection of feedsack quilts from the 1930s and ’40s; I’m always trying to find ways to utilize them as new objects or functional pieces. It’s super-cozy, and I can throw it over any jacket or pullover.”
“This scarf is part of a Tombolo set called Après Ski. I like it because it is pompous and silly, and it takes me back to my youth as a member of a family of avid skiers. One aspect of ski culture I related to was that of the ski bunny — a stylish woman who would prioritize her time in the lodge over the slopes. This makes me feel like a ski bunny.”
“I love this scarf because of the supersoft texture, the length, and because it features two large pockets on both ends. They keep my hands warm and also hold my phone or lip balm if my pants pockets are too full. I chose it because of how vibrant and eye-catching it is. That aligns exactly with my overall personal style.”