A scarf is the only accessory you need for AW 2017.

The right scarf can add a blast of colour to an everyday look, or allow the wearer to experiment with unusual patterns and prints without committing to the whole look.

And of course, a warm, woolly scarf will keep the winter winds at bay, and keep you warm on your daily commute. As the latest men's scarves arrive in stores, we've scoured the rails for our favourite colours, prints and trends.

Read on for our edit of the best scarves for AW 2017...

Men's Paul Smith Dinosaur ScarfPaul SmithDinosaur Scarf£95SHOP NOW

The high fashion scarf

From Gucci to Givenchy, quirky logos and motifs have come to represent the highest standards in fashion this year. There's only one problem - these haute couture sweaters can cost up to £1,000. So thank goodness for this Paul Smith scarf, which with its dinosaur print looks way more expensive than its price tag, and feels just as luxe as it looks.

+ Wear with... your most serious suit

Men's Ralph Lauren Merino Wool Black ScarfRalph LaurenMerino Wool Scarf£65SHOP NOW

The sporty scarf

Sporty scarves are a great alternative to the bulky, longline knits that are dominating this season. Neat, functional, and versatile, the idea is that you can just grab it and go, no matter what you're wearing. This Ralph Lauren Polo scarf is smart enough to wear with a blazer and chinos, but warm enough to tie around your neck during footie practice.

+ Wear with... your best athleisure

Men's Barbour Plain Lambswool Red ScarfBarbourPlain Lambswool Scarf£23SHOP NOW

The brightly coloured scarf

Bright colours have been a big theme at the fashion shows this year, and red has been a particular favourite of designers. A bright red scarf adds a bit of punch to a grey suit or a beige mac, without being too ostentatious. Invest in a good-quality scarf in a bold colour that will see you through AW 2017 and beyond. We love this Barbour scarf in red lambswool, but any woollen mix will stand the test of time.

+ Wear with... neutral colours such as black, navy or tan, to let the colour really stand out

Men's Topman Polka Dot Dress ScarfTopmanPolka Dot Dress Scarf£15SHOP NOW

The posh scarf

The 'dress scarf' is making a comeback this year, thanks to the likes of Liam Gallagher, Harry Styles, and Jared Leto, who have all rocked this look on the red carpet. Traditionally worn over a tuxedo, the new-look dress scarf can elevate a simple blazer or suit, making you event-ready in an instant. Just don’t expect it to keep you warm.

Men's Ted Baker Herringbone ScarfTed BakerHerringbone Scarf£49SHOP NOW

The herringbone scarf

There is only one pattern to be seen in this winter – herringbone. The vintage pattern has been a major source of inspiration for British designers this year, and harks back to the 'good old days', without being stuffy. However, a little herringbone goes a long way, so it is wise to limit it to just one accessory at a time. This luxe Ted Baker men's scarf nods to the trend while adding a quirky flourish with the bright teal trim.