Fall is official scarf territory, and ushering in the season without a few chic options in your lineup should be considered a sartorial crime (not to be dramatic). As versatile as a good pair of denim and as foolproof as a chic sweater, scarves more than live up to their reputation as a closet workhorse. And we’re not talking about the sleek silk squares that have been dominating the street style scene since spring. Post-Labor Day, it’s blanket scarves that reign supreme — and the bigger, the better.
Scarf loyalists everywhere will be familiar with the snuggly accessory’s lengthy style resume, but for those of you who are hesitant to rock the oversized add-on — listen up. In Insta pics, the fall trend looks straight-up swoon-worthy, but in reality, you might be feeling like you’ve been swallowed up by fabric — not exactly fierce, if you know what we mean. But trust us — it’s nothing a Style Resolutions intervention can’t fix. Take a peek at the three looks below to see blanket scarves done right.
HOW TO WEAR A BLANKET SCARF FOR WORK
Cold office? Blanket scarves to the rescue! While showing up to your nine-to-five in your Sunday not-so best may not be an option, you can still stay warm and cozy while you do your boss lady thang with the help of a bright oversized scarf. Pull together a killer working-girl getup by spicing up your blouse-and-trousers routine with a ruffle-trimmed topper and stretch-waist bottoms that are just as comfy as they are chic. Keep the extras sleek to amp up the sophistication factor (metallic kicks, anyone?), and round out the look with an architectural bucket bag and classic cocoon coat. Let your scarf hang low during your morning commute or afternoon errand running for an It girl-inspired look.
Mango Mixed Print Scarf ($40) + H&M Ruffled Blouse ($50), Zara Jogging Waist Trousers ($40), Shellys London Boston Oxford ($89), & Other Stories Wool-Blend Coat ($245), & Other Stories Half Moon Pendant Earrings ($29), Zara Leather Bucket Bag ($100)
HOW TO WEAR A BLANKET SCARF FOR A NIGHT OUT
Date with the dance floor? Take your blanket scarf along for the ride. After stepping into a ‘90s-inspired velvet slip dress and silvery block heels, throw on a longline coat that will keep you cozy as you bar hop around town. Layer on your blanket scarf, then cinch the whole ordeal with a statement belt that will break up your look and tone down the bulk.
Mango Mixed Print Scarf ($40) + Zara Printed Velvet Dress ($50), Topshop Longline Slouch Coat ($150), BCBG Braided Waist Belt ($88), Topshop Radiant Metallic Sandal ($90), BaubleBar Bedegraine Choker ($42), Halston Heritage Croc-Effect Lamé Clutch ($155)
HOW TO WEAR A BLANKET SCARF ON THE WEEKEND
Comfort and cool factor combine come the weekend when you enlist the help of your trusty blanket scarf. This season, ditch the preppy peacoat or standard black jacket for a playful pink teddy coat that’s guaranteed to turn heads the second you step out the door. Make a statement by fluffing up a bright scarf and knotting it off to the side. What lies beneath is just as important — achieve instant Instababe status via a turtleneck and cami combo (and yeah — that gold cuff gets layered over your sleeve) with gray high-res denim and color-block ankle boots.
Mango Mixed Print Scarf ($40) + Uniqlo Women Supima Cotton Turtleneck Long Sleeve T ($15), L’Agence Jane Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Top ($103), Madewell 9″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Shaw Wash ($128), Alba Moda Colorblock Booties ($168), Topshop Pink Casual Faux Fur Coat ($170), Warby Parker Fleta Sunglasses ($145), Mango Metal Bracelet ($20)
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