SCARF LOVE! It’s still too warm to wear blanket scarves where I live, but a girl can dream! I recently showed this black plaid blanket scarf in my post Four Classic Shoes for Fall, and I love it so much that today I’m partnering with Nordstrom again to show two more ways to style it!
I’ve had this same scarf in the ivory/black version for a couple of years, but I couldn’t resist this black/ivory one. The ivory one felt more intuitive for me to style for some reason, but given that black is a neutral I knew this one should have a lot of possibilities too. I just had to think a little more outside of my natural patterns, which was fun to do!
NOTES ON BLANKET SCARVES
Before we get to the outfits, I want to share a few notes on blanket scarves. First, if you want to know how I tie blanket scarves, you can check out my quick video tutorial HERE. I’m using the ivory version of today’s scarf!
Blanket scarves are enormous by nature and are meant to keep you warm, like a blanket. However, I live in an area with relatively warm winters and blanket scarves can be overkill most days. So, here’s how I work around it:
- Sometimes I’ll wear them in place of a cardigan. I need to layer where I live because temps change so much within a day, and I’m often with a cardigan. Sometimes I’ll forgo a cardigan in place of a blanket scarf, and I’ve found that more or less provides the same level of warmth.
- If it’s colder but still not freezing, sometimes I’ll wear a blanket scarf in place of a coat. Like, I’ll wear an outfit that involves a cardigan, and instead of wearing a coat to keep warm I’ll wear a blanket scarf.
- This is also helpful if I want to wear an outfit with a jacket that is difficult to put a coat over, like a moto jacket. How do you wear coats with moto jackets? You kind of can’t, usually. But you CAN wear a blanket scarf with them!
- Of course if it’s super cold I’ll wear a cardigan + blanket scarf + coat and YAYYY I’m toasty! Thank you, blanket scarf!
- Lastly, if you really like the look of blanket scarves but hate the bulk, you can cut the blanket scarf in half diagonally. It’ll wrap the same as I show in my video tutorial with half the bulk. I personally don’t cut mine because I WANT all that warmth so I can use them as I mentioned above.
OUTFITS WITH A BLACK PLAID BLANKET SCARF
Alright, let’s get to the outfits! I’m excited about these outfits because, like I mentioned, styling the black one didn’t come as intuitively to me as the cream one. That made it really fun to come up with outfits!
SIZING INFO: I’m 5’6″ and usually 6/8 or S/M in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.
Outfit #1: Jeans + White Top + Neutral Cardigan
First is the outfit you’ve already seen from the Four Classic Shoes post. I really, really love black with tan/cognac/caramel. This could just as easily be done with black jeans, but I like how the blue makes the outfit pop!
Underneath I’m wearing one of my most versatile closet staples, my white Lush tunic. This thing is a closet workhorse, and you can see it remixed 10 ways HERE. I like how the white top brightens up the outfit, as opposed to another neutral like black. White also ties in with the white in the scarf, helping bring the look together even though there’s no black in the rest of the outfit. For an even more casual vibe, opt for a white tee instead.
Shop the Outfit:
Top: Nordstrom (exact-wearing size M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact -wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact-wearing size 4)
Scarf: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 8; run very very large)
Outfit #2: Colored or Neutral Jeans + Black Boots + Black Top
One very easy outfit formula for this scarf is a black top, black boots, and any color jeans. This works with regular blue jeans, olive, white, grey, or maroon like I did here. The black boots will bookend with the black top, and jeans of any color will break up all that black. The pattern in the scarf will also break the outfit up and make it more visually interesting.
I used this black “butter” top, of which I have three BTW. Last year I remixed the maroon one (HERE) and the cobalt one (HERE). This year I just had to add the black one! They’re sooo soft that they feel like butter. They’re pricey because they’re not t-shirts, rather they’re thicker and more like a thin fleece. The swing silhouette makes them float away from the body, which ups the comfort level even more! (But pass if swing silhouettes don’t work on you.) They can be worn casually with sneakers or for lounging around the house with leggings, or they can be dressed up with a statement necklace or statement scarf and boots. I wore the maroon one for Thanksgiving last year. Got to look kind of nice but was sooo comfy!
Outfit #3: Jeans + Booties + Blazer
Lastly, you know I love an outfit with a blazer! These knit blazers are as soft as hoodies, but look way more put together. All these pieces are neutrals (with the olive green tee being a pseudo-neutral) and can be changed for any other set of neutrals. But, I LOVE the scarf against an olive top. I also went with lighter wash jeans and a light grey blazer instead of darker pieces. They’re a fun and more playful contrast to the black scarf. I topped it off with those flattering dip-in-the-front booties that I talked in detail about in Four Classic Shoes for Fall. With the clothing items in this outfit being lighter shades, I like how the darker brown boots balance out the dark scarf and anchor the outfit.
Shop the Outfit:
Blazer: Nordstrom (similar, exact in other colors–wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact I think, or updated version-wearing size 6)
Scarf: Nordstrom (exact)
Tote: Nordstrom (exact)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact-wearing size 9)
I love that these outfits are primarily made up of closet staples which shows how this scarf really makes things pop! I can’t choose a favorite of the three, and I can’t wait until the weather cools so I can wear them! Which of these would you wear?
Created in partnership with Nordstrom