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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5 Outfits With a White Plaid Blanket Scarf + Tips for Making Blanket Scarves Work for You

I sang the praises of this scarf a few months ago and it remains to be true!  This is the second blanket scarf in my wardrobe, the first being the ever popular Zara one several years ago.  (Lookalike Zara scarf HERE.)  Last year I was looking for a lighter colored blanket scarf and tried a couple but they weren't quite what I wanted.  When I saw this one in the Oct at ModCloth I jumped at it because it's exactly what I was looking for!

I love how the lighter cream "lifts" outfits, especially during winter when I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and darker colors but don't necessarily want to feel weighed down or drab.  So far I've worn it all these ways!
Outfits With a White Plaid Blanket Scarf

Two Almost Identical Options
This exact scarf has been sold out for a while, but I found two almost identical options for $15 and $18!  One is HERE and the other HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exactsimilar, similar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact


Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Old Navy (similar)
Striped Tee: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Paige Denim (exact, exact #2, similar)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact, exact #2)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact, similar)


Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (exact, nearly identical)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (exact)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)


Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact, similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Boots: c/o ModCloth (exactexact #2)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)


Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact)
Boots: Fergalicious (similarsimilar)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (almost exact #1, almost exact #2)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

I know some people don't like how blanket scarves overwhelm them, but that's precisely what I love about them.  I like how they add pattern and a focal point to all of my solid sweaters, dresses, and tops, and because of that I often feel like the simple addition of a blanket scarf pulls together my outfits in a huge way.

Making Blanket Scarves Work for You

Tip #1: Cut it.  Yes, you read that right!
If you're one of the people that feels overwhelmed by blanket scarves, like you're getting swallowed up, or you overheat in them, but have wished and wished you could make them work, I have one tip for you: cut it in half diagonally to make two triangles.  You'll end up with two triangles, one that you can wear and one you can give to a friend.  It should solve your overheating problem, your swallowed-up-feeling problem, and your feeling-overwhelmed problem!

I saw readers mention it on a blogs last year (maybe 2 years ago?).  While I haven't cut mine because I LIKE being overwhelmed by blanket scarves, tonsssssss of women in the PMT Style Challenge group have cut theirs and have LOVED it.  Many of them were scared to do it, but anyone who has taken the plunge has not looked back!

How they did it:
  • Fold it once diagonally and cut on the fold.  That's IT.  Remember, you just want two triangles.
  • They said they didn't need to worry about frayed edges because they either don't fray and/or the part that could potentially fray is usually around your neck and concealed.  

Tip #2: Treat it like a cardigan (if you won't cut yours).
Now, I don't mean wear it like a cardigan, though you could because it's a blanket.  Until this year, I thought I couldn't justify getting more blanket scarves because it's often too warm to wear them here in Southern California.  Well, I finally realized they more or less provide me with the same warmth as a cardigan does.  So, I started wearing a blanket scarf in place of a cardigan or a light jacket, and that's allowed me to wear them far more often than I ever have.  

For example, Outfit #3 above was taken in October and normally I would have needed a cardigan with that dress.  Instead, I ditched the cardigan and opted for a blanket scarf.

In Outfit #2...well, that picture was TAKEN on a clear day, but I actually WORE the outfit several times on cold and dreary days.  Normally I would have worn a lighter jacket, but I went without one and wore a blanket scarf instead.

And then, of course, if you're in a super cold climate you totally understand the need for blanket scarves, cardigans, AND jackets!  :)  (As described in the recent post How I Stay Warm in the Winter.)

Anyway, those are the couple of tips I've got for you!  Do you like feeling swallowed up by blanket scarves, or have you or do you think you'll cut one?  :)

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