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Wrap a blanket scarf around your nose for a healthier, chicer winter

As it turns out, “blanket scarves” — the thick, flatly woven mufflers that look an awful lot like our favorite childhood blankies — aren't just cute accessories. They may also help prevent winter colds when worn snuggly over our noses! Here are some of our favorite mufflers for warming up and warding off the sniffles all winter long.Check MateBoden’s ultra-soft, oversized check scarf com
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As it turns out, “blanket scarves” — the thick, flatly woven mufflers that look an awful lot like our favorite childhood blankies — aren't just cute accessories. They may also help prevent winter colds when worn snuggly over our noses! Here are some of our favorite mufflers for warming up and warding off the sniffles all winter long.

Check Mate

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Boden’s ultra-soft, oversized check scarf comes in three pretty color combinations inspired by the Scottish isles. And the flat and tight weave will prevent cold air from sneaking through. (Boden ‘Skye’ scarf, $46.40, boden.com)

Fringe Benefits

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The bright red of this festive tartan gives even our most winter-weary neutrals a healthy dose of cheer. (Forever 21 plaid scarf, $12.80, forever21.com)

Teal Appeal

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This Italian-made blanket scarf blends shades of teal, purple and green to create a gorgeous, ombré effect. (Scotch & Soda blanket scarf, $65, zappos.com)

Fuzzy Wuzzy

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For something truly cuddle worthy, fleece is where it’s at. This thermal scarf from The North Face is as plush as it gets, and comes in four cheery colors. (The North Face ‘Denali’ scarf, $35, nordstrom.com)

Boiling Over

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This luxurious boiled wool scarf has a feminine jacquard print that’s fancy enough for the opera, but equally adorable when paired with jeans. (J.Crew scarf, $59.50, jcrew.com)

American Bred

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The 150-year-old Faribault Woolen Mill Co. recently collaborated with Target on a line of heirloom-quality winter accessories in classic patterns. These thick wool scarves, available in traditional or infinity designs, are understatedly chic — and a flu bug’s worst nightmare. (Faribault for Target Prairie Stripe scarf, $39.99, target.com)

Out West

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When Scottish settlers traded their plaid blankets for Native American buffalo pelts in the 1800s, the term “buffalo plaid” was born. Today, the checked pattern still exudes a rugged, pioneer vibe and looks amazing mixed with all our urbane essentials. (River Island check blanket scarf, $30, riverisland.com)

Borrowed from the Boys

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Here’s a little secret: Men's scarves are often made better-quality wool and offered at lower prices. So, if you’re looking for a classic camel scarf, consider heading to the gentlemen's department. (Nordstrom lambswool scarf, $32.90, nordstrom.com)

Secret Weapon

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This cheetah-print scarf will be a significant style upgrade to any puffer coat, but even more importantly, it has a secret element to keep you feeling healthy. Milk protein yarns, known for their antibacterial and soothing properties, are woven into the fabric. Consider it an extra line of defense against pesky germs. (Eco ‘Milk Made’ cheetah wrap, $68, echodesign.com)