The One Styling Piece That'll Fix Every Outfit, Ever

Dec 16, 2014

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You know the type of girl. The one sitting across the train from you with scuffed boots that look stylish and not like they were dragged out of a dollar bin. With red lips that never seem to fade no matter how many sips of coffee she takes, a beanie that slouches over her bangs just so, and a cocoon coat that doesn't  look like she stole it from dad's closet. And to top it all off? A blanket scarf wrapped all haphazardly but perfectly around her neck. We hate this girl. She's perfect and makes us want to go home and toss our whole closet down the garbage chute and start again from scratch.

But big secret revealed: she's not as amazing as we begrudgingly think she is. She might be even having an off day and wearing her baggiest, comfiest pieces. But do you know why we'll never guess it?

Because she owns a blanket scarf. They. Fix. Everything. Want to wear your baggy sweater and a pair of leggings, but don't want to look like a shmo? No problem, wrap a blanket scarf around your neck and now you look Mary-Kate-Olson-intentionally-sloppy. Or, how the common folk call it: stylish. Don't feel like trying this morning and just keep coming up with a boring black and white dress combo? That's perfectly fine. Slap a blanket scarf on the ensemble and you're now chic in a minimal way. Have a coat you're bored to tears with? Pep it back up with an over-sized blanket scarf in a complementing color. You see? All problems: fixed.  Now why don't you own one yet?

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PS: For more scarf layering posts like this one, check out: The One Infinity Scarf That Isn't Like All the OthersHow to Layer Your Maxi Dresses for the ColdHow to Style Sheer Pieces for Fall, and  Tip on How to Style Blanket Scarves: There's More Than One Way!


OUTFIT-DETAILS
DRESS: Thrifted (store similar: here | vintage similar: here, herehere)
BLOUSE: American Apparel
BOOTIES: TJ Maxx (store similar: here | vintage similar: here)
PURSE: Thrifted (vintage similar: here, here)
SCARF: Marshalls (store similar: here)
HAT: Urban Outfitters (store similar: here)
BELT: Thrifted

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42 comments :

  1. Preach it!
    Blanket scarves are the best. I just keep asking myself why the heck I only own one!
    I absolutely love how you've styled yours, Marlen! Effortlessly stylish with all the right colours :)
    -Carley
    xx

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  2. Oh I know that girl and I hate her too. Because I usually see her when I am looking/feeling my worst. But you're right--we don't know her story. And blanket scarves do fix everything!

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  3. Ugh you are so right. I don't own a blanket scarf yet, but it is such a good piece for this season! Too bad that most of the time it's too warm to wear scarves where I live. So tempting though! I love that outfit-- then again I love all your outfits so much!!

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

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  4. YES. This girl. UGH. It's like no matter how hard I try I can never look as effortless and amazing as she does with such ease, I'm sure.

    I always find that scarves are just the ticket for everything. Somehow they just mix up the proportions so well and make everything perf. Plus you can always bury your face in them if it's cold (which, let's face it, we live in the Midwest, so more often than not, it is), or if you're trying to go incognito.

    Your dress is lovely - such a great staple! :)

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  5. the hat and scarf combo is perfect!
    www.lettersimpromptu.blogspot.com

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  6. that does look like the perfect scarf! if i owned one, i don't think i could ever wrap it around my neck in a way that'd satisfy me, haha. also, that dress and hat are pretty neat as well:-) xx

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  7. oh my, you are SO cute!!! cute blog! xoxo

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  8. I know that type of girl and honestly you'd be that type of girl to me if I ever saw you in real life, you always look so effortlessly cool! Now I know the secret hehe, I think it's time for me to invest in a blanket scarf! <3

    Andini xx
    Adventures of an Anglophile

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  9. FABULOUS! Love these scarves and you really styled it beautifully!
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.com/

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  10. Okay, I love this look. You look beautiful and that dark shade of green is so your colour! I definitely want a blanket scarf now...how could I not after this post! Haha. Your purse and hat are perfect touches too. Another great ensemble, lady :)

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  11. "We hate this girl." Hahahaha. Yeah. Yeah, we do. Haha. That really made me laugh. You're right though, blanket scarves have this magical, transformative quality to them. Hence, it frustrates me to no end that I'm unable to get even a little of this magic to rub off on my outfits. Heh. I suck at wrapping scarves. I think that's part of the problem. I love the configuration you chose here!

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  12. i just ordered my first blanket scarf and i am like a little kid waiting for christmas or something! you styled it so perfectly. just found your blog and can't wait to read more!

    xoxo, kie

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  13. Well, your blanket scarf certainly seems to have the powers you say, because you look fantastic!

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  14. Scarves and hats are two of my favorite accessories! You look amazing.

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  15. I'm obsessed with scarves! They literally go with everything. You can go wrong with them!!

    -Marie x

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  16. You're so right - a blanket scarf is so great! I need to get one, haha! You look great in this outfit - love the pinafore dress too! xx

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  17. Lovely dress :) Really like that scarf as well!

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/

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  18. I absolutely love your scarf, the colors and patterns are just perfect!

    prosecco in the park

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  19. Haha I totally agree! A nice big scarf is essential! I didn't bring any of my scarves to Australia with me because I thought it would be too warm anyway. But I have bought a light big scarf now because I simply can't live without this kind of accessory :)

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  20. Such a well put together outfit - I love everything about it! Please can I have your wardrobe ;) xx

    www.lulabelloves.com/blog

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  21. Oh my gosh I LOVE that scarf... I can't get over it.. so chic!
    xo ClassToCloset

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  22. I love your style. I feel as if I can see your personality through the clothes you wear. When someone can portray their inner self on the outside without words, it's truly beautiful.

    www.accordingtokiki123.blogspot.com

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  23. Yes! Cozy plaid scarf for the win! I agree that it's a perfect ingredient for an effortless look, even on the laziest of days :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  24. You look great in this dress, I love your scarf, it's amazing :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

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  25. Blanket scarves really are perfect for not so perfect days. Also, I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who looks at girls like that and immediately feels bad about their own closet..it actually happens to me a lot at work - we have lots of stylish ladies around!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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  26. I love your style of writing! You really set up the scene of that uber stylish girl we all know/love/hate, and throw in the blanket scarf explanation. It makes perfect sense! And you style it so well here :) I'm seriously considering getting one for the cold winter in Boston!

    Chelsea
    Chowing Down by the Bay | Win a French cookbook for the holidays!

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  27. I don't own want yet :( haha. I have been looking for the perfect plaid one but I don't find it! I guess I have to find it online. And the girl you described... hate! hahaha

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  28. Oh my goodness you are so right! I've been dying for blanket scarf and this is another nudge to get one! :)
    This Side of Paradise

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  29. I've never been able to master the "fashionably slouchy" look, I just end up looking like a hobo. I guess I should keep an eye for one of these magical blanket scarves!

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  30. Well you now have me questioning all my life choices as I don't own a blanket scarf - they really do make everything better! I just can't seem to find the perfect one!
    And wow, you look totally stunning in this outfit! I totally would wear this head to toe (though it would probably not look as good on me). You gorgeous, stylish woman you!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  31. I really love this outfit. That scarf is so cute. I'm so lost when it comes to wearing scarfs lol.
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  32. Ugh. Yes. I hate her. I totally get that feeling! Your scarf is perfection.

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  33. Yup...you're right. I need a blanket scarf. It'll solve everything!
    Haha, and "that girl"...man, don't we all know that one girl? Sigh. I always want to restart my closet from scratch, especially lately!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  34. Your scarf is super chic!
    http://fashion-soup.com/

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  35. I know "that girl" all too well! She also has her life completely together, has time for herself yet over achieves at work and her home is always perfect! Your blanket scarf looks really similar to one I bought from Zara last year. Really love how you've tied yours - I shall be copying! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  36. Maybe I need a blanket scarf now! I feel like some of them are way too big for me though, even if they're supposed to be big. You styled this one perfectly though. I love the touch of pattern it brings to this outfit.

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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  37. Love your outfit! I have to admit your blog post's title really pulled me in, I just had to know what that one styling piece was :p, and now I have to get my hands on a blanket scarf! Preferably a plaid one like yours, it's so festive. And you're right, it adds that stylish touch to just about any regular outfit.

    xo, Serli
    www.lesoleilchic.blogspot.com

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  38. Scarves do work wonders! They are nice and cozy, and for a second I feel like that girl, haha.

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  39. I love scarves.

    Eea P
    www.eeapetrescu.com

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  40. "We hate this girl" haha! But so true, and I know exactly the effortlessly stylish girl you're talking about (the one whose lipstick never fades...ugh!) I got a blanket scarf a few months ago, wore it every day, and have since tucked it away. I need to break it back out, because, you're absolutely right! It's an instantly chic addition to nearly everything.

    I hope you are well, friend, and the new year is treating you great!!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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