Wearing a scarf seems pretty straightforward, as far as accessorizing goes: Put around neck, loop once or more, the end — right? Well, as it turns out, no. Your favorite fall and winter accessory, the blanket scarf, actually has a ton of versatility and several more styling options beyond just throwing it on mindlessly. Sure, this go-to piece keeps you warm and cozy during the cold-weather season, but it’s time to start looking at your scarf as an integral part of your overall outfit. Ahead, check out seven ways to wear your blanket scarf like a pro.
1. Looped and Belted
Try throwing your scarf across your shoulders like a shawl, then secure the front remaining half under your coat belt. The result? Black goes from basic to bangin’ like that. (Photo via MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/Getty)
Lauren Ralph Lauren Windowpane Blanket Wrap Scarf ($55): In classic neutrals, this boxy print will pair well with pretty much any outerwear. Plus, the lighter shade will carry you into those spring transitional months. A win-win!
2. Draped over a blazer
Borrowed from the boys? Yes, please. Make like a dapper dude in a tux and let your scarf hang loose on either side, atop your tailored jacket.
Ann Taylor Reversible Star Print Blanket Scarf ($60): What’s better than one super cute scarf? Two, of course. This blush and gray reversible style will have you seeing stars, literally.
3. Belted as a cape
Imagine you could walk out of your house wrapped in a blanket like you’re still watching Netflix on the couch? Spoiler alert: You can, and it looks stylish AF. Drape your oversized scarf around your back and tuck both sides under your belt in front. Bonus points if your pick has fringe-y movement. (Photo via Christian Vierig/Getty)
Eddie Bauer Women’s Elsa Blanket Scarf ($60): Add a hint of rich color in classic shades of navy, burgundy, and gray. This style will pair perfectly with everything from blazers to button-downs.
4. With a classic cardigan
Never underestimate the power of a classic cardigan. Top it off with a pop of plaid and you’ve got yourself a no-fail fashion combo.
INC International Concepts College Plaid Wrap & Scarf in One ($50): Give the tried and true print a playful update in springy shades of pink, orange, and baby blue. You’ll brighten up the rest of winter and lean into a new season at the same time.
5. As a pop of color(S)
Color up your grays! Break up a monochromatic neutral ensemble in just one easy step with a bold and bright color-blocked scarf. (Photo via Christian Vierig/Getty)
Express Color Block Stripe Blanket Scarf ($40): Shades of pink and red? Heck, yes. Allow us to introduce our new accessory crush.
6. With a moto jacket
Once the weather starts to warm up, switch out your heavy coat for a moto jacket. An oversized blanket scarf will give you an extra insurance policy against sudden chilly weather fronts.
7. With same-but-different patterns
Give new meaning to mixed prints by combining plaids of various sizes and shades. Just be sure to keep the color palette focused so it all looks cohesive.
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