Finally (finally!), that long-awaited crisp fall air has arrived here in the South. It’s chilly enough now to wear a jacket on your morning walk with your pup, and cool enough to throw on a cape over your long-sleeved shirt and jeans without immediately turning into a hot, sweaty mess. The leaves’ edges are starting to light up in oranges and reds, pumpkin-spice-everything is everywhere, and football is the thing to look forward to on Saturdays. Yes, fall is officially here, folks.
Fall’s arrival also means the arrival of one of our very favorite seasonal accessories: the plaid scarf. When it comes to dressing for the South’s ever-fickle weather, especially after fall’s chillier temps have rolled in, there’s only one smart way to dress, and that, my friends, is piling on the layers. You can shed or add layers as the weather dictates, or change up the final layer of accessories to suit whatever events you have on the agenda. When it comes to this layered outfit equation, the magic of the plaid scarf is that it’s always a winner. The plaid scarf is a tried-and-true finishing accessory that can go anywhere: It’s at home with a turtleneck sweater and jeans at an afternoon tailgate, and it pairs equally well with the little black dress you’ve picked out for Thanksgiving dinner. Long story short, if you’re going to invest in one fall accessory this year, it should be a plaid scarf. Here, we’ve rounded up a dozen plaid scarves that you can incorporate into all of your fall (and winter!) ensembles this year. So go ahead. Treat yourself to one … or two … or three. You’ll be glad you did.