The 10 best football scarves to keep away the cold and elevate your winter 'fits

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The nights are drawing in, the temperature is falling and it's almost scarf season. A football scarf is a lot more than just a functional item, its a sign of allegiance, something to hold aloft on match day and something to signal to other fans on other days. That said, football scarves don’t have to be associated with football anymore. More and more, fashion brands have channelled those aesthetics and created their own takes on football scarves.

As they become more and more necessary, we’ve pulled together 10 of the best for the colder months. From vintage classics to cult clubs, from streetwear brands to high-fashion houses, here are the best football scarves to keep away the cold. 

  • 10 best football scarves

    There aren’t many brands better placed to take on the humble football scarf than Amsterdam-based Lack of Guidance. The brand describes itself as football and nostalgia-influenced, and recently worked with Red Star FC on their home and away kits for the 2022-23 season. This scarf plays with traditional football aesthetics, with Lack of Guidance taking the place of the club’s name, with an orange and red colour palette that contrasts with the “Forest Green” base.

  • A lot has been said about Arsenal’s move from football club to lifestyle brand, but maybe it's all paying off considering their start to the season. The North London club has looked into its archive and channelled one of its best-loved kits. The “Bruised Banana” design used in the early ‘90s has been transformed into a scarf that allows you to celebrate the club – and the best away kit in its history.

  • Rightly or wrongly, the half-and-half scarf gets a bad rep. Balenciaga has taken this much-maligned piece of memorabilia and given it a luxurious makeover in high-quality wool. Rather than pitting two rival clubs against each other, the scarf mixes green and black checks with a repeated Balenciaga logo. If you insist on wearing a half-and-half scarf, then this £450 option might be your best bet.

  • Fans' Favourite have been creating football-inspired scarves since 2019, including retro designs from across the world. One of the brand’s stand-outs is a nod to Ajax’s red, white and blue away kit from 1989-90. The scarf mixes that geometric pattern on one side with blue and white pinstripes on the other.

  • While you might be reluctant to declare your allegiance to another club, this scarf allows you to commit to Team Patta. The Dutch label mixes a colourful Space Dye design with an all-black reverse, meaning that the scarf can be either brightly coloured or more understated depending on how you want to wear it. Both sides sport Patta’s “Team Patta” script in contrasting colours. 

  • Aries has alluded to classic football scarves throughout its recent collections, including items that incorporate its No Problemo and column motifs. The best of the bunch, though, is the Moto scarf, which comes in red, black and blue and features a mashup of different Aries logos. Rather than referencing any football club, each logo takes aim at a famous luxury fashion label.

  • This year’s World Cup in Qatar gives you the rare necessity of wearing a scarf during the World Cup. While the games will be played at just under 30 degrees, back home it’s going to be significantly colder.  England’s retro-inspired scarf keeps it simple while allowing you to show your support with the added bonus of keeping yourself warm.

  • As well as selling the, well, greatest kits, Greatest Kits also stocks a number of vintage scarves from teams across the world. Arguably the pick of the bunch is this one from AC Milan, which combines the “Forza Milan” text with both chevrons and checks, as well as a gold star and four embroidered trophies.

  • London’s Dulwich Hamlet have become one of the most popular non-league teams in the country due to their progressive values. You can show your support for the club – and everything they stand for – with this scarf, which features a traditional striped design made up of the club’s signature navy and blue colours.

  • London designer Martine Rose often looks to football for inspiration, not least with her Lost Lionesses jersey in 2021. This season, she has upgraded the classic football scarf into something far more high-end. Rose’s version is constructed from brushed merino, while a number of different logos – including her take on the USMNT crest – appear across the scarf, with the phrase “Ready When You Are” taking pride of place.