Are you a scarf person? I am! Once the summer eases off, I break out my collection of scarves. Most of them are lightweight numbers ideal for layering and adding a little wind protection. Some of my favorite gifts have been scarves—they’re like receiving a perennial hug from a loved one! As many vegans know, however, it can be harder to find a good scarf that’s free of animal products than it is to find a leather-free bag. (What’s with the obsession with scratchy wool?)
But not all the pretty scarves are made with wool (or cashmere or silk)—even though it may seem like that sometimes! Fortunately, there are some eco-conscious designers and vegan-friendly knitters out there to keep our animal-loving necks nice and cozy. The following is just a quick vegan scarf guide featuring a variety of styles to keep you warm and animal-friendly as the weather cools.
Best Patterned Scarf
With Indian elephant and delicate flowers, this lightweight, patterned scarf would pair beautifully with winter solids, like a gray pea coat or taupe sweater. The frayed edges add to the scarf’s boho flare. Bonus: The designer, Fair + True is committed to sustainable, fair trade material and practices.
Best Nostalgia Scarf
I have a single glove from my very early years that has a little heart pattern very similar to the one in this playfully cute scarf. When I saw this scarf, I was instantly reminded of snow days and my very first snowman. Hopefully, it will remind you, too, of winter wonderland fantasies while it keep you warm and stylish.
Best Classic-Style Scarf
This handmade piece is a lovely example of a classic-style scarf with a woven, lace pattern. The designer, Knits by Nat, makes scarves and other winter accessories in several colors using vegan-friendly yarn. This scarf would pair beautifully with jeans, a simple, button-down blouse, and a tailored jacket.
Best Unapologetic Scarf
When everything outside is gray, go bold with this faux fur stripe scarf. I personally don’t think I could pull this number off, but if you’re not afraid of look-at-me colors, more power to you! Pair with an equally bold lip for maximum impact.
Best Deep-Winter Scarf
If you’re looking for something truly soft and cozy, this large, “wool effect” scarf may be just the thing. Drape it over a simple top, skinny jeans paired with and tall boots for a chic yet cozy look. Alternatively, turn it into a shawl-hoodie to protect your hair from the elements.
What’s your favorite style of scarf?
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Photo: Fashion-Conscious, Boohoo, Knits by Nat via Etsy, ASOS