One of my favorite wardrobe staples is the blanket scarf–a timeless scarf that can be worn endless amounts of ways. Its versatility makes this accessory a must-have for any woman’s wardrobe. But it’s so BIG, it can be a bit intimidating, too.
If you don’t know how to wear a blanket scarf, you’re in luck: I’ve compiled a list of 16 different ways that you can wear a blanket scarf.
But wait, what’s the difference between a regular scarf and a blanket scarf?
A blanket scarf is pretty much what it sounds like: it’s a massive scarf that’s about as big as a small blanket.
The main distinguishing difference, aside from size, is that blanket scarves tend to be square whereas a regular scarf is rectangle in shape.
Yes, there are some rectangular blanket scarves as well. I have one I scored at Target similar to this one that’s been great for travel because it pretty much doubles as a blanket.
For the most part, and for these blanket scarf tutorials below, we’re looking at big, pretty scarves that resemble a small blanket.
And now, on to the styling…
If you don’t know how to tie a blanket scarf, then the relatively simple half-tie is a great place to start.
To do this, spread your scarf out and wrap it once around your neck; then take one end and loop it through the middle and tie it in a loose knot. Then, take the end of the knotted area and loop it again for a casual, half-tied look.
#2: Classic Wrap Style
If you aren’t sure how to wear a rectangle blanket scarf and you’re feeling a bit intimidated by the process (hey, it happens) then check out this no-tie method that creates a casual, slightly messy look.
Simply unfold your blanket scarf, fold it once into a triangle, loop it around your neck and pull the two ends down until the scarf is resting comfortably towards your waist.
P.S. Doesn’t it look SO incredibly soft? It’s solid brushed wool and you can find it here.
#3 Blanket Scarf Worn as a Shirt
Now we’re getting fancy! You can wear your blanket scarf as a top; just make sure you’re wearing something underneath–wrap tops aren’t always reliable! It’s a comfortable, oh-so-chic look that is perfect for any day.
Fold your scarf like a triangle, wrap it around your shoulders, then close the gap with a pin–or add a belt for some extra oomph to your outfit.
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#4: Stylish Poncho
Wearing your blanket scarf poncho-style can be AND warm, so you get the best of both worlds.
For this style, first drape the scarf around your shoulders like a wrap;, then take one end and tuck it fully underneath so that it hangs down as much as possible.
This will create a loose yet secure wrap that will keep you warm and stylish without looking too big.
#5: As a Headscarf
This unique style keeps your head warm, but my favorite part about it is that it’s got a classic, vintage look that reminds me of a grown-up version of Little Red Riding Hood.
You’ll need to first wrap the blanket scarf around your head like a hood, then tuck the other end underneath to create a shawl.
Can it get any simpler than this? Whether you don’t have a lot of time or you just like the look, this style is easy as draping it over your shoulders and continuing about your day.
Cardigans are a great way to add a layer to your outfit. To wear your blanket scarf like a cardigan, drape it around your shoulders so that it hangs open in the front. Keep it open by cinching it with a belt.
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#8: Large Kerchief
This simple look is perfect for the fall or winter.
Start with a square scarf and fold it into a triangle. Then, grab each corner of your scarf, cross them around the back of your neck. Tuck in the tails until it forms a longer, hanging triangle. Easy peasy!
#9: Infinity Style
Infinity scarves are hot, hot, hot–and I’m not talking about the fact that they keep you warm. This method is so easy and it creates a slightly messy, fun look for any occasion. Just wrap the scarf around several times and tuck in the tails for an instant infinity scarf.
Capes are fun and definitely ultra-chic. Best of all, you can play around with this style to create a long cape, short cape or something in between.
To get the look, simply drape it around your shoulders and tie it in the front however you’d like!
#11: Chic Simple Scarf
Blanket scarves can be bulky, but they don’t have to look bulky! For a chic simple scarf, wrap the scarf around your shoulders as if you’re going to wear it plain. Then, take each tail and tuck it underneath the side to create a much slimmer, chic look.
#12: Belted Under a Coat
Who doesn’t love a little secret in their outfit? For this style, all you have to do is drape your blanket scarf around your neck, keep it in place with a belt or tie, then wear a jacket over the scarf. This will create the illusion that you’re wearing a sweater.
Wearing your blanket scarf half-wrapped pairs wonderfully with simple outfits. Simply fold your blanket scarf into long triangles, drape over your shoulders, then wrap only one tail around the opposite shoulder.
To make a unique skirt, wrap your scarf around you like a sarong. You can make the skirt as tight or loose as you want, just remember to tie it securely with a knot at the end.
15. Over the Shoulder
One of the easiest ways to wear a blanket scarf is simply thrown over your shoulder! It’s chic, simple and impossible to get wrong.
16. Asymmetrical Off the Shoulder
I love how chic and sophisticated this blanket scarf is by Sydne, who was inspired by Kate Beckinsale to create the look!
It’s a thrown-over-the-shoulder effortless style that looks elegant against her all-black outfit. You can knot it at the shoulder, or use a brooch to hold it in place.
17. Like a Poncho
Sometimes, bigger is better. As in this big poncho-look that is surely keeping this fashionista warm throughout a cold winter.
18. As a Shawl
If you love the poncho look but want a bit of variety, fold your scarf and drape it over your shoulders, worn as a shawl.
19. The Square Wrap
This no-fuss no-muss look can take some playing around with; fold the scarf in half and drape it a few times over the shoulder. Let the edgy pieces stick out and arrange until you like it!
20. The Easier-than-it-Looks Knot
Erica from Coming Up Roses has some great tutorials on her blog on how to tie a blanket scarf. This simple knot looks more complicated than it is, but is easy-peasy to pull off!
Start by folding your scarf in half to make a triangle then drape the ends over your neck with the triangle portion on your chest.
Then, cross the tail ends in front of you and knot them. That’s it! Fluff and arrange as you please.
What’s your favorite way to wear a blanket scarf? Let me know in the comments below!
21. The Double Knot
Start with a rectangular blanket scarf like this tartan one . Fold it in half length-wise once or twice to make it thinner and then drape it around your neck so the tails are hanging in front of you.
Then, do two knots. Start with one knot, arrange, and then knot it again and arrange.
Do you own a blanket scarf? What’s your favorite way to wear this versatile accessory?