In the layering game of life, you either have way too many scarves or not enough...of the right ones. As you're turning over your closet and taking stock of your fall/winter inventory, make sure your scarf collection is on point. These are the five essential styles you'll always want to have on hand.

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A Ladylike Silk Scarf

When you need to take your outfit to a sophisticated level--be that around your neck or on your purse--this accessory is a must-have.

Get the look: Vince Camuto ($58); Gucci ($185); Hermès ($395)

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A Featherweight Gauze Scarf

The MVP of any versatile wardrobe, an open-weave scarf will add warmth without bulk (and interest without fuss).

Get the look: Calvin Klein ($40); Suzi Roher ($290); Burberry ($425)

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A Super-Cozy Blanket Scarf

Now to the times you really need to start layering. A massive wrap can be worn in a variety of ways--our favorite being belted.

Get the look: SDBING ($13); American Eagle ($35); Subtle Luxury ($72)

RELATED: Help! I Want to Belt My Scarves but I Don't Know How

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An Even Cozier Infinity Scarf

Hand-knit. Store-bought. However you score one, you can never go wrong with...essentially a security blanket.

Get the look: Target ($23); Bickley + Mitchell ($60); J.Crew ($258)

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An Outfit-Upgrading Faux-Fur Stole

Like the square silk scarf, a textured wrap adds just enough punch when you need it.

Get the look: The Limited ($42); Topshop ($52); Zara ($100)

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