When the fashion flock abandoned classic square silk scarves years ago in favor of the long, voluminous rectangular variety, lovers of the former waited patiently for the style pendulum to swing back. If my recent reconnaissance work on the streets of New York City is any indication, that swing has begun. The perfect choice right now may be this 36-by-36-inch Hermès carré. No circa-1980s overembellished horseyness here—simply a graphic Op-Art-y chain print that delivers just the right punch of modern-meets-old lady. And the thick silk twill? Heavenly. Nab this scarf in red/orange, swirl it nonchalantly around your neck, and you’re good all winter.

$410 at Hermès, 25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175; or usa.hermes.com