Cashmere is adored for its featherweight softness that belies an unparalleled warmth. A universal luxury that can be worn every day, the best cashmere scarves make an ideal one-size-fits-all gift — for yourself or someone else — and you don't have to splash out on designer labels to purchase a high-quality product.
Cashmere is a type of wool produced by certain breeds of goats that are native to Asia. A word you might encounter when shopping for
cashmere scarves is “ pashmina,” which is a more refined type of cashmere. However, today, it's often used as a buzzword and applied to almost any scarf with a lightweight twill weave, regardless of actual material.
As you might expect, cashmere fiber comes with special
cashmere care requirements. Cashmere garments usually have to be dry cleaned, or hand washed and air dried. If you know you won’t go to those lengths, consider one of the synthetic blend scarves on this list that will be easier for you to take care of. Cashmere blended with other fibers, like merino wool or even synthetics, can give you a similar look and feel with a lower price tag.
I took care to select products that touch both ends of the spectrum: From 100% pure cashmere without the designer price tag to get-the-look blends, these are some of the best cashmere scarves on Amazon.
1 A Classic Cashmere Scarf In A Cozy Extra-Long Length
100% cashmere scarf in a solid color goes with everything in your closet, making it a fabulous essential for your collection. This one lives up to its title; made of 100% soft and luxurious cashmere, at 80 by 20 inches, this scarf is the largest of the bunch, so it's also a great pick for taller people or anyone seeking a more oversize look. Amazon shoppers are impressed by its truly high quality, reporting that it's soft, beautiful, and — most importantly — warm. Enthusiastic review: “Beautiful warm and soft cashmere scarf. I love all the colors...goes with everything. I’m very pleased with this purchase. It’s a timeless piece that [will] be part of my wardrobe for many years.” Size: 80 x 20 inches (L x W) | Colors: 8 | Material: 100% Cashmere 2 A More Affordable Scarf Made Of 100% Cashmere
Ringing up at just $36, this
cashmere scarf is further proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get your hands on 100% cashmere. Finished with a tassel edge, it comes in a few neutral solids, like navy and gray, in addition to a gorgeous collection of plaids, and a vibrant red. With so many elegant details, this affordable yet polished scarf will elevate all your puffers and pea coats. Plus, it comes in a chic-looking gift box, so it’s a foolproof present for anyone in your life. Enthusiastic review: “[...] it's really comfortable and I adore it. I wear it all the time now and just love to snuggle my face into it. I was also impressed by the cute little present-looking box it shipped in. Definitely recommend.” Size: 63.5 x 11.5 inches (L x W) | Colors: 17 | Material: 100% Cashmere 3 This Scottish Cashmere Scarf For Every Style Personality
Handmade in Hawick, Scotland, and crafted from 100% cashmere, this gorgeous
scarf comes in the most stunning shades ranging from neutral to vibrant, so whether you’re adding a bit of pop to all those winter neutrals, or making monochrome magic, you can find the perfect scarf for you. Slightly wider than some of the others on this list, this is the scarf you’ll want for bundling up on extra chilly days; and the tassel-free edges create a clean and classic silhouette that’ll take you straight through to spring. Enthusiastic review: “It’s so soft and lovely” Size: 70 x 36 inches (L x W) | Colors: 7 | Material: 100% Cashmere 4 Editor’s Pick: A Cult-Favorite Cashmere & Silk Scarf
Chan Luu Cashmere & Silk Soft Scarf is a cult-favorite among celebrities, editors, and other luxury shoppers — including Bustle’s own Associate Commerce Editor Caroline Goldstein. “I ‘borrowed’ this scarf from my mom a few years back, but after wearing it a few times I just couldn’t bring myself to give it back to her!” she says. “It’s the perfect balance between cozy and breathable, thanks to that hint of feather-light silk blended with the cashmere, so you can truly wear it all year round, including on chilly summer nights. I also love the unfinished tassel edges and the material’s naturally rumpled look, which make your outfit look a little undone, in a chic, intentional way. Think Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in their oversized Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag era.” Grab this essential scarf in six sophisticated shades, like dusty rose and smoky gray. Enthusiastic review: “I add at least one Chan Luu scarf to my collection every year. They're the best for looks and lovely lightweight warmth. Can use as a shawl inside. The only scarves I wear anymore and an everyday winter wardrobe staple.” Size: 62 x 58 inches (L x W) | Colors: 6 | Material: 70% Cashmere, 30% Silk 5 Editor’s Pick: This Splurge-Worthy Blanket Scarf
cashmere blanket scarf comes highly recommended by two Bustle editors, including Commerce Editor Amy Biggart, who dubs this “the most luxurious thing I own.” She continues: “I've had this White + Warren travel wrap for years, and it feels so luxurious. It's a generous size that I can wear as a wrap or a scarf, and it's warm yet thin enough that it layers under coats really well. This scarf is pricey, but I reach for it every time it gets cold and the neutral colors go with everything." Enthusiastic review: “It's warm, soft, and totally luxurious. I'll definitely be travelling with it. In fact, I'm making a special bag for it so that there's no chance it could ever be snagged on anything whilst in my carry-on luggage. Because it's NEVER going in my checked baggage.” Size: 80 x 36 inches (L x W) | Colors: 7 | Material: 100% Cashmere 6 This 100% Cashmere Scarf In A Handful Of Classic Prints
To expand on a collection, consider picking up a smartly
printed cashmere scarf that matches at least two colors in your wardrobe (or your recipient's). Fishers Finery offers a two-ply 100% cashmere scarf that is treated to be pill-resistant for a longer-lasting scarf that can withstand regular use. It comes in a few solid shades, but the real standouts are the prints for town and country alike, including plaids, herringbone, and the houndstooth pictured. Enthusiastic review: “Good quality cashmere scarf with softness and warmth. Good purchase and ended up [buying] another one to give as a gift. Color exactly matches what is shown in the photo.” Size: 65 x 12 inches (L x W) | Colors: 13 | Material: 100% Cashmere 7 A Ribbed Cashmere Scarf With A Minimalist Vibe
This State Cashmere option is a fresh, minimalist take on a classic
cashmere scarf. Its ribbed texture offers a dose of effortless, downtown cool; and it has smooth edges, rather than the traditional fringe, for a tidier look. Crafted of 12-gauge, two-ply knit in 100% Mongolian cashmere, this scarf is extra-cushy, durable, and it’s guaranteed to last you years to come — no matter how often you wear it. Enthusiastic review: “I ordered this State Cashmere scarf based on reviews and price, and I was not disappointed! It's super-soft, very warm, and yet it's light enough that I can comfortably let it hang around my neck if I'm not in the mood to ditch my coat. It's also a lot longer than my last scarf, so I have more options about how to wrap it. It's a great scarf for a half what you'd pay in a store.” Size: 65 x 12 inches (L x W) | Colors: 4 | Material: 100% Cashmere 8 A Men’s Cashmere Scarf That Deserves A Place In Any Wardrobe
cashmere scarf from the classic menswear brand Hickey Freeman is technically marketed for men, but it’s an essential piece that anyone will reach for time and time again. It’s made of 100% Italian cashmere and measures 72 inches long by 12 inches wide — the ideal long, skinny-ish size to wrap, knot, and tie in myriad ways. It comes in eight wear-with-everything neutrals, like gray and camel, each finished with neat tassels and bearing a chic leather patch with the brand’s logo. Enthusiastic review: “Quite nice and at a level of quality that I did not expect at this price.” Size: 72 x 12 inches (L x W) | Colors: 8 | Material: 100% Cashmere 9 An Elegant Italian Cashmere-Blend Stole That's Great For Travel
Italian cashmere-blend stole can be worn as a scarf, a wrap, a cape, or a poncho depending on how you style it, and the neutral scheme works well with light and dark outfits alike — though you have a few bright shades to choose from too, like sky blue and lilac, if you prefer a pop of color. The versatility of palette and styling options coupled with its oversize dimensions make this a wonderful option for travel when packing space is limited (and it can even be used as a cozy blanket). Enthusiastic review: “I got this to use just as a scarf for travel but it has been so useful! it works as a scarf, a blanket, and overall comfy wrap. The material has also been very durable (several trips and no fraying).” Size: 83 x 62 inches (L x W) | Colors: 16 | Material: 10% Cashmere, 40% Wool, 25% Viscose, 25% Polyamide 10 A Budget-Friendly Faux Cashmere Scarf In Lots Of Colors
Get the look of cashmere without the care-taking or the price tag: This
faux cashmere blend of 30% cotton and 70% polyester is lightweight like cashmere with a soft luster and drape but is still relatively warm. The best part? This scarf is machine washable. A wide selection of colors with a budget-friendly price point makes it a popular choice for coordinating the attire of wedding parties, too. Shoppers note they were pleasantly surprised by how high-quality both the hues and the materials are, giving it a 4.7-star overall rating after more than 6,700 ratings total. Enthusiastic review: “I love these scarves. I wanted solid color, neutral scarves to wear during the fall and winter. They are soft and versatile. I’ll purchase more.” Size: 80 x 27 inches (L x W) | Colors: 15 | Material: 70% Polyester, 30% Cotton 11 An Affordable Cashmere-Feel Scarf In A Fun Leopard Print
leopard print scarf by Lands’ End is way too fun to leave off the list, and even though it’s not made of cashmere, the plush acrylic allows you to enjoy similarly dreamy softness at a fraction of the price. Plus, as you likely know, leopard print (especially one in a classic colorway like this) is actually a neutral, so it’ll go with everything in your closet — and you can even mix it with other prints in similar shades for a cool, eclectic look. Enthusiastic review: “The scarf is so very soft….feels like cashmere. Fine quality.” Size: 70 x 15 inches (L x W) | Colors: 18 | Material: 100% Acrylic 12 This Ombre Faux Cashmere Scarf
ombre scarf gives you the styling versatility of a multi-colored pattern, but offers a subtler way to inject some color into your wardrobe. It’s made of an ultra-soft woven acrylic that’ll keep you toasty over the fall and winter, but it feels light and breathable, not stuffy. This style is available in five ombre colorways: black to gray; navy to indigo; royal purple to lilac; red to white; and the purply-blue to azure pictured above. Though it comes in plenty of solid shades and a few plaid prints, too — and at such a reasonable price, why not pick up a few? Enthusiastic review: “Just what I was looking for! I ordered the dark gray the color was exactly what I wanted. It is not too large or bulky and keeps be warm.” Size: Not Listed | Colors: 43 | Material: Acrylic,Cashmere 13 You Might Also Like: This 100% Cashmere Scarf, Hat, & Glove Set At An Amazing Price
order comes with a long, skinny scarf, a pair of gloves, and a perfect little beanie, all for about $117 — a surprisingly great price tag, considering that everything is made of 100% cashmere. Available in five rich neutral shades, this would make a beautiful, all-in-one holiday gift for a loved one (including yourself), especially since it comes pre-wrapped in a box with a ribbon. Enthusiastic review: “I like the set of three. The set is simple and nice for the cold weather (maybe not enough for super cold winter). It is really light and easy to carry around. The gloves are longer than expected, which I like the most because it can cover a little bit of arm.” Scarf Size: 70 x 10 (L x W) | Colors: 5 | Material: 100% Cashmere
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 25, 2020