Silk Infinity Scarves - the Huddling for Warmth Edition
One of the cool - no pun intended - things about silk, is that it does a marvelous job being soft AND warm, without leaving you feeling sweaty and smothered like synthetic fabrics.
(Can attest, I've been wearing one of my 11x60" silk scarves today - wrapped it around a couple times, pinned it in place with a magnetic pin and lo, no drafts crawling down my neck! It's beautiful.
Of course, if I was planning to go outside in -20F windchill weather, I'd probably level up to one of the larger sizes. But I am NOT planning to go outside today, I tell you what!)
Suffice to say, it is very very chilly in these parts at the moment, so here are some of my favorite ways to style infinity scarves for the cold.
Rather see other scarves? Rectangles and Squares are coming!
This style is particularly nice if you notice a chill in the air but you're not feeling cold-cold - it's a couple layers of fabric around the back of your neck and in the open V of your jacket, but it's loose and easy to shift around if you find yourself standing in warm sunlight or going from outdoors to indoors.
You can level up just by going from the 11x76" to the double-wide, 22x76" version.
1,672 square inches of silk wrapped twice around your neck is - in all candor - astonishingly lush and luxurious.
Because it's a looser style, a double-wrapped infinity scarf can get blown about a bit in the wind - that's where the magnetic pin comes in. Use the pin to clip the scarf to your jacket lapel, button band, or even just to add a bit of weight to the bottom of the scarf.
Uneven Loops - the classic way to wear infinity scarves is the double loop, with the two loops relatively equal in size - and it's a classic for a reason!
With uneven loops, rather than having two loops about the same size you 1) tug one loop to create a larger loop that falls further down while 2) the other loop gathers more closely around your neck.
If you'd rather have more coverage down your torso - maybe a change in the weather caught you by surprise, or you needed to avoid crumpling your party outfit, or just because you didn't want to carry a heavier coat around all day - uneven loops cover more ground but still have the folds and layers that catch pockets of air to keep you warmer.
Our extra-wide infinity scarves work particularly well for this style - the two photos immediately below show one woman wearing the uneven loop compared with another woman wearing the classic double loop.
Triple Wrap - last, though certainly not least! Sometimes you want something close around your neck. Like, say, when there's a -20F windchill and you live in a 100+ year old building and there are drafts.
Then, a truly excellent option is to wrap an infinity scarf three times around your neck - loop, loop, loop and you have marvelously soft, close layers that keep icy air well away. It's also a good option if your winter coat is a little snug around your shoulders and throat - sweater layers and tailored coats don't always mix - but you don't actually want to wear the scarf outside your coat. (That can get drafty!)
This style actually works best with the 11x76" infinity scarves - the double wide version gets a little tight, with the additional fabric.
That being said, I will leave it up to you to decide if it keeps you warm enough to go sleeveless!
Sending you all the cozy, soft and warm thoughts! And definitely drop me a line if you have more ideas for styling infinity scarves in the winter!
Edit: Updated with some lovely new photos in 2023!