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.

Urban Outfitters Brushed Woven Blanket Scarf ($29): Brighten up in a peachy tan hue that pairs with almost anything. This solid style will warm up any outfit.

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.

ASOS Oversized Square Tweed Scarf ($29): Accessorize like a style star. That checked blazer you throw over everything will look totally new when you add an extra print piece on top.

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