TIPS ON HOW TO STYLE YOUR BLANKET SCARF: THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY!

Nov 18, 2014

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Oh, the blanket scarf. The most beautiful thing you can gift yourself this fall season. Not only does it keep you warm from those arctic blasts that like to hurtle down at you on the city streets, but it also makes you look a tad more sophisticated while bundled up to the nines...and not reminiscent of five year old you unhappily piled under a mess of scarves. 

Another bonus of this fall staple: you can wear it not as a scarf. Okay, I think we lost a few people. Come back ladies, I swear I'm not going to propose something crazy. Just hang tight and hear me out.

You can turn this little number into a work horse by transforming it into a sweater/poncho option. And while you're thinking, "No, no you can't, Mar." I'm going to explain that yes, yes you can. And it's going to look intentional and not like you're trying to pass off a scarf as a shirt. Ready? Let's do it:


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What I like to do first is put on a turtleneck so that I have a collar peeking out from underneath the scarf, making it clear it's not just me an' my bra under here. It also gives you a pop of color to work with, and this fall I have really been liking this forest green number. It warms up absolutely every color pallet I throw at it. After I have that on, I drape the scarf over my shoulders and secure a belt at my middle, cinching it into a sweater shape. I like to lift my arms out to my sides to make sure I'm not 1) trapped and 2) it gives the top more volume and a slight peplum shape. 

Lastly- and this is the part that I think really makes it work- I add some sort of collar to top it all off. It gives the look more sophistication and makes it look a little more intentional.  I have been going nuts with this New Old Fashion Vintage collar with all my looks recently, since it gives off a polished but cozy feel. If you don't have one of these (or a fur snood!) then try wrapping an infinity scarf close to your neck, piling on a thick statement necklace, or adding one of those tie-on peter pan collars. Then sling a compact cross-body bag across your front, put on a sassy little beret, and be on your way!


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PS: If you'd like to see more peter pan collar posts similar to this look, then check out this post where I styled it with a maxi denim pinafore, this one where I styled it with a winter turtleneck, and this one where I used a braided infinity scarf to give off the same effect!  



OUTFIT-DETAILS
FUR COLLAR: c/o New Old Fashion Vintage
SCARF: Marshals
BAG: thrifted (vintage similar: here (only $18!)
JEANS: American Apparel
BOOTIES: Marshals
BERET: Etsy

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52 comments :

  1. I don't think I've ever wanted a blanket scarf more than I do right now, you've picked the perfect one and styled it wonderfully! I love the fur collar and your brunette hair looks so healthy against the pattern of the scarf! The overall look is very 'country' and considering I pretty much live in the country, this is totally up my street! :)

    http://aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  2. Gah you are so creative! I would have never thought to do this, but it looks awesome!

    xo

    Michaela

    http://michaelajeanblog.com

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  3. Fab styling! Your blanket scarf is lovely! :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

    :)
    x

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  4. OMG I LOVE this! I have seen this done with lighter scarves in the spring/summer, but this is really cute!

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  5. Marvelous Mar! Quiet fashion revolution in the most cozy and charming way! And I just adore these two rings on your fingers, so elegant and fun! xxx

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  6. I've gotten a couple blanket scarves from Forever 21 recently and love the idea of styling it as a poncho! You look so cozy and cute :)

    lovejoanna.com

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  7. This is so great! What a beautiful plaid scarf. You look fantastic and I love your fur collar. :) xoxo

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  8. I absolutely love this post, and your photos of course. I haven't been to your blog for so long now, and I've missed the warmth in your writings :) Anyway, I purchased a similar item myself a while ago, and I tried to wear a belt around it like you've styled but every time I tried, I failed miserably as the scarf kept looking weird around my arms... I definitely have to check for a similar collar!
    Have a great one, I'll try to visit more frequently from now on xx

    http://www.roomxcv.com | Room 95

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  9. Ahh, nice one! I have like three blanket scarves and I never know what to do with them. I've seen this style before. It's very elegant. Therefore, I probably couldn't pull it off. Haha. I'll figure something out eventually!

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  10. You look great! I haven't thought of adding a collar. Thank you for the inspo!

    Jasmine x

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  11. Two things I can't get enough of... plaid and subtle pops of fur. SO, this outfit is absolutely perfect and has my mind reeling on outfit possibilities. Also the styling on this scarf is absolutely brilliant. I used to wrap my scarves over leggings & clip them with a vintage broach. Pouf, an adorable skirt!! xoxo

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  12. Love how you styled this!! It looks so cozy and cute. I really love the blanket scarf trend. If it cools down more here in LA I'll be shopping for one! :) Also, you have the greatest lip colors!

    Simplicity Relished

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  13. (hoping that's not real fur) but i have to say it's beautiful I love your scarf in fact ;)

    xx
    http://lornasharp.blogspot.com

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  14. I love that the scarf looks like a kilt! The beret is the cherry on top, you look so cool!

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  15. This is so cute, I love your plaid poncho!!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  16. Wait this is so great. I was just thinking about how simply it is to wear scarves as more than just accessories for my neck but I wasn't really sure how to go about it. But the answer is collars!
    So excited for winter now.

    xx
    scarlettandgiselle.blogspot.com

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  17. Look at you, so clever!! I love that! I would love a few more tips for the blanket scarf, they are so big right now and I'm not sure how to wear them without feeling like I'm dying of claustrophobia:)

    www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

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  18. I always love your styling :)

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Ahhhh, I don't think my words will be able to express how wonderful this outfit is and how much I love it! You really outdid yourself on this one, Marlen. You layering skills shine here - the turtleneck, the little fur collar, the belt, everything! You look beautiful :)

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  20. OMG this is such a cool idea, when I first saw it I originally thought it was like a cape or jacket. That fur collar with it is such perfection. Also I saw your comment on a recent post of mine and I don't go to UIC, I got to Roosevelt I just live in Pilsen lol
    Justine
    http://theredlipchronicles.blogspot.com

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  21. You know, this concept is not new to me but for some reason it feels like it is. You've enlightened me somehow and why, I can't actually say. I've never thought of wearing them in this way myself perhaps, but I am so feeling it, draped and belted. Man, if only it were to get cooler not warmer. Sigh.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  22. LOVE love love this look. You're so classy

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  23. Marlen, this is by far one of my favourite posts! I love this trend!!!

    xo
    Anastasia
    www.natbeesfashion.blogspot.com

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  24. You look so chic!!! Love the cape ;)

    xo,
    miranda

    thechicstreet.com

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  25. I adore the way you write - it's so funny and engaging! Anyway, love that you transformed a scarf into this! I probably would have thought it was a poncho if you hadn't said otherwise! Loving the whole look! :)

    Technicolour Dreamer

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  26. okay this is just too amazing. fingers are crossed that it will finally be cold enough to get a blanket scarf!!!

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  27. I looove how you've styled this, I have just bought a faux fur collar off Asos and my blanket capes are going to waste as I am dreadful at putting pieces with them., Love the beret too I don't wear mine enough, just off to scour your social media pages (just kiddng) but to follow you as I love your style and keep coming back for tips xxx

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  28. I simply adore this look, and I love how blanket scarves are becoming so popular, they're so cozy.

    www.recalcitrantgirl.com

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  29. Love how you styled the scarf - your fur collar is very pretty!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  30. that is a brilliant idea!! now i need to find me some lovely fur collar. :)

    Animated Confessions

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  31. Um, I love this blanket scarf look. I need one. I'm getting one. Done

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  32. This is awesome...no, YOU are awesome. "it's not just me an' my bra under here"...haha...this made me laugh so hard. Burberry was doing something similar this season, but I wasn't quite convinced. I am now! I like your way much more than the Burberry way. Will definitely give it go :)

    Jasmin xx

    http://www.whatdefinesus.com

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  33. You are darling! I can't believe I'm just finding your blog <3

    My Fashion Fancies

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  34. Love it! I've definitely been loving the color forest green lately. I've been eyeing up a few dresses in that color (Christmas list!) I also need to seriously invest in a blanket scarf obviously!

    -Marie x

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  35. I didn't even realize that was a blanket scarf till I read the title. This is a great idea, and as you say, the collar of your sweater + the collar of fur really are the crowning touches that take the whole thing to the next level.

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  36. Love how you you styled the blanket scarf! It looks amazing with that fur collar!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  37. Who doesn't love a good blanket scarf! I adore the one youre wearing!!

    ClassToCloset

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  38. Hooray - I have been wanting to try a blanket scarf, but I didn't really have any clue on how to get it to work for me. I love the idea of wearing it as a poncho!

    http://lamentinglizzie.blogspot.com

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  39. Fantastic way to style a scarf, looks perfect for Winter! <3

    I have a new post up today, and I would love to know your thoughts:

    http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  40. super:) xx
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  41. Probably my favorite outfit of yours! When I saw it on my facebook feed I was like "Aaaawww, I want to look like that!". It's just perfect, I especially love the collar, it brings so much to the whole outfit ^_^

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  42. Oooh I hadn't even thought of belting it! Such a good idea. And I love the little fur collar you added to yours!
    Nic
    www.salvageandstoneblog.com

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  43. Oh my gosh, reading this post made me so happy! It has finally cooled down a little in LA, so maybe I can pull out all of my blanket/coat/scarf things. Only maybe...

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  44. I haven't heard of a blanket scarf before, but now I'm wanting to go out and get one! It looks like the perfect accessory for the cold winter ahead. I love how it looks as a sweater!

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  45. Gorgeous post! I cannot believe how beautiful the scarf looks! I thought for sure it was a cape or coat!
    Just darling
    xoxo

    http://loveyenrose.blogspot.com

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  46. Haha you're too funny! Love this post, I need to get me one of these. I'm pretty sure I'm the person on the planet without one!

    Gina
    Pink Wings

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  47. Yessss! I'm so glad you wrote this because I was having the worst time trying to figure out how to style my blanket scarf! You fashion genius, you. :)

    Angela- The Passionista

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  48. I love this idea, you're right, it's totally a beautiful and more sophisticated look! Might have to try this... :) -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

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  49. I really like wearing an oversized scarf with a belt, it's a great alternative to a jacket when it's not too too cold out. I love the added touch with the collar, it really does make it seem more intentional.

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  50. This is awesome! You totally transformed it into something new. I'm going to try this. Love your effortless style!

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  51. I love this article, thank you so much!! (I know I'm super late to this party but I just discovered your blog and went a bit crazy with the back-reading...) I wanted a blanket scarf all autumn and winter last year but I just couldn't find the perfect one that didn't make me look like I was wearing a picnic blanket -hopefully they'll be just as popular this year!

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