I have many opportunities to wear scarves (or mufflers, as we sometimes call them) as here in New England winter is a long season. I believe in making a virtue of necessity, however, and have come to regard scarves as the neckties of outerwear, adding a touch of richness or whimsy to one's seasonal armor. Although I haven't nearly as many scarves as ties (which is a mighty good thing, as they'd be much bulkier to store), I have a couple dozen in various colors and patterns, weights, widths, lengths, etc., and enjoy coordinating them both with my coat or jacket and whatever I may be wearing underneath. (How I tie them depends on the length of the scarf and the weather itself.) Some are more formal (solid cashmeres or jacquard paisleys), others casual in feeling (stripes, plaids or other bold motifs). Sometimes I favor a low-contrast approach in which texture predominates; at other times I crave an unexpected note of color to brighten an otherwise dreary day. Naturally hats and gloves enter into the equation as well. Today, for example, we have snow in Boston that's expected to change over to rain, and so, rather than exposing a more dressy coat to this slop, I decided to wear my 20-year-old knee-length navy-blue down-filled storm coat with red wool plaid lining, which I reserve for such days. I relieved this garment from dullness by adding a red cashmere scarf, fringed idiosyncratically on the long sides rather than the ends, a red wool cap (from J. Crew) and red suede Portolano gloves. But it's the scarf that pulls the whole snowy-day look together. As you can see, it's hard for me to imagine getting through the winter without a well-stocke scarf wardrobe. Surely other members who live in cold climates must feel the same.