In the good ol’ days, scarves were for outdoors and blankets were for indoors and ne’er the twain shall meet…until 2014. Now, bloggers and stores and mags are all abuzz about the “blanket scarf.” I admit, I’m reluctant. I get too hot at work to wear a big scarf all day, so if I’m counting on my scarf to make my outfit, I tend to choose a lighter scarf. But, I am a fashion blogger and I am not immune to all the cozy blanket scarf selfies of contentment. So, I consulted my Style Advisor (Pinterest) then turned to my closet to see if I might have a small blanket to wear… Lo and behold, I remembered the Burberry plaid-print scarf I bought in 1998 and have barely worn since then because it is as big as a blanket!
Blanket scarves are easier to work with than you might imagine. Just don’t over think it! Throw it on and go forth with attitude! In case you didn’t notice my lack of creativity, I just did the standard scarf-wrap with all four above, but Pinterest has plenty of styling tips. If you need some inspiration, try some of these blanket scarf styling ideas:
1. Pair with solids, chambray or stripes…
2. Drape it, belt it or add a brooch…
3. Finish your look – some makeup touches, sunnies or a nice bag will ensure you look like you’re wearing clothes and are not just wrapped up in a blanket!
My blanket scarves are rectangular but I have also seen gigantic square ones. I’ve even seen some Instagram posts about cutting the square blanket scarf in half to reduce the bulk but keep the look. If you’re handy, you could
bribe your friends to make you one make your own. I would bet there are plenty of blanket scarves to be found at VV Boutique and other thrift shops! I will add it to my hunting list, just in case I need to increase my collection to 5 or more.
If I learned anything in my research, it’s to hang onto quality scarves for a decade or two! Also, a word of advice: don’t rule out your infinity scarves in the midst of the blanket-scarf frenzy. There are plenty of cold days ahead. If I conservatively estimate 6 months of scarf-wearing, that’s 180 opportunities to give every last scarf you own plenty of wear-time. Better get a couple more just to be safe!
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