In case you haven’t heard, the blanket scarf is the IT accessory of the season. The bigger, the better. Go big, or go home.
I have often confessed my love/hate relationship with scarves. I like them on everyone else, but not so much on myself. I’ve decided it is time to make peace with the scarf because it is such a fun and affordable fashion accessory, and how can you not love having an excuse to wrap up in a blanket on those cold winter days!?!
If you struggle with how to style a scarf, this post is for you. I did some research and practiced a bit so I can bring you 3 easy ways to tie a blanket scarf.
First, what is a blanket scarf? A blanket scarf is an oversized scarf that is in the shape of a square. The first scarf I ordered is this gorgeous Fall Night Long Scarf from Madewell for $24.99.
I love the fall colors, but I realized after I started working with it that it is actually NOT a blanket scarf because it is a rectangle. It is considered an oversized scarf. But the concept is still the same, so I’m using it in two of my outfits today.
I decided that I needed a square to achieve some of the looks I wanted, so the second scarf I ordered is this Classic Red Plaid Fringe Scarf from SheIn. I actually ordered mine on Etsy, but it appears to be the same fabric as the one on SheIn, and it is only $14.95 on SheIn. (I paid $22.50 with shipping.)
If you’re especially budget conscious, you can easily make your own. My friend Amy at Mom Advice has a great tutorial on making your own blanket scarves. (These make great Christmas gifts too… just sayin’!)
So here are 3 easy ways to tie a blanket (or oversized) scarf. I am totally making up names for these methods. There are no names, as far as I know.
This is a fairly traditional method, and it works with a long oversized scarf or a square blanket scarf. Here’s how you do it.
- Fold it in half, lengthwise. If it’s a square, it won’t matter, obviously.
- Gather it together.
- Place it around the back of your neck, leaving one side longer than the other.
- Take the long side and wrap around the back of your neck and bring it back to the front.
- Take that end and slip it through the loop.
- Adjust to your liking.
I styled this outfit with black jeans and a black moto jacket over a black long-sleeve tee. I added leopard pumps for fun. I love a monochromatic all-black outfit every once in a while. It’s edgy and chic.
For accessories, I wore this Split Ring and the Renegade Bracelet, both from my Stella & Dot shop. The black quilted clutch is my go-to bag when I want something easy and simple that doesn’t compete with an outfit. It was a freebie with a Rebecca Minkoff purchase, but I will link to similar styles in the Outfit Details.
Here’s a look at the back — very simple and all black. This outfit is perfect for a winter date night.
Here’s the full outfit one more time. Now if it would just get cold enough to justify such a cozy ensemble! I would take this scarf off when I get inside. It’s a lot of scarf to wear indoors, but it’s great for outdoor activities and just for staying warm and chic when going from the car to your destination.
This is another fun way to wear an oversized scarf, and I love this because you can totally wrap up in it and stay warm if you’re at an outside event, or even inside when it’s chilly. I’m always cold. Here’s how you do it.
- Hold the scarf out wide and scrunch the top just a bit, folding the fringe under.
- Drape it over your shoulders.
- Bring it around so the ends are in front.
- Adjust to your liking. You can also belt it if you’d like.
Here’s how it looks from the side.
And here’s a couple more full-length shots.
I styled this scarf with a long-sleeve black tee and medium-wash blue jeans. I cuffed the ankles and wore grey suede booties. These booties are SO comfortable. They were gifted from Marmi Shoes.
I accessorized with silver.
This is the most common way I see people styling the true blanket scarf. This definitely works best with a square, although it can be done with a rectangle, or so I hear. I am not that coordinated.
- Fold the scarf across to create a triangle.
- Grab the two far ends of the triangle with each hand.
- Cross the two ends behind your head.
- Pull them around to the front.
- Tuck the two ends under the rest of the scarf, or leave them dangling to each side. It’s up to you. Style as desired.
I styled this scarf with a chambray top and slashed black jeans. YES, I did order those AG jeans when they went on sale!!
For accessories, I wore this gold cuff bracelet and a casual gold ring.
Here’s one more look at the outfit.
So there you go — 3 easy ways to style a blanket scarf, or oversized scarf if that’s what you have. Which is your favorite!?!
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