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You know what a scarf is, but what in the world is a muffler? It's just another word for scarf. Actually, it's a catchall word that means any scarf wrapped around your neck for warmth. So, how you wear your scarf (er, muffler) depends on your personal sense of style and just how cold outside it happens to be. A few suggestions will help you kick start your cool-weather inspiration.
Just because a warm-weather scarf is functional, that doesn't mean it has to lack style. A simple leopard print (make sure the orange isn't too bright, it'll look tacky) on a scarf will amp up all of your basic, solid color looks. Pair it with a khaki or black trench on a rainy day. Put on a pair of black pants to balance out the spots in the print. Wrap the scarf around your neck so the tails hang at your back, cross them at the back of your neck and bring them round to the front. Adjust the scarf so it's snug against your neck and tuck the ends into the collar of your coat or underneath the front part of the scarf.
Big, chunky knit scarves have made a huge comeback. The idea of something natural and homemade is always charming, and now that it's uber in style, feel free to dig through your mom's or grandma's winter gear box and look for one of these treasures. Pair it with a navy pea coat to give it that old school vibe. If you want to be really warm, fold it in half lengthwise so one end forms a loop. Wrap the folded scarf around the back of your neck and thread the unfolded ends through the loop. Adjust for comfort.
Remember when pashminas were all the rage? They're not talked about so much anymore, but that doesn't mean they've gone out of style. They're absolutely perfect to wear on a slightly crisp day when it's not quite cold enough for a jacket or coat, but you need to combat an autumn breeze. Wear a simple sweater in navy, black or gray and pair it with any color of pashmina you want. Wrap it around the back of your neck and throw one side over your shoulder a la Amelia Earhart. If you have a broach, secure it to your sweater to hold it in place and add some sparkle to the look.
Add a Touch of Fur
Fur and faux fur mufflers have made a comeback and are sold at both luxury and moderate price points alike. On a blistery day, bust out your inner Czarina and wrap up in a wool cape or coat and top it off with a muffler. Some fur mufflers are circular with no ends, so you only need to slip them over your head. But if it's a rectangular scarf, fold it around your neck, tie the ends in the front in a simple knot and slip the ends into your coat collar.