HAPPY FRIDAY, beautiful! Today for #fridayfaves, I’m sharing my 10 favorite ways to wear a blanket scarf. All in all, there are a million ways to wear them, and what is so fun is that you can play around and find new ways to wear them when you get tired of the same ole ‘traditional blanket scarf’ style. You can literally change an entire outfit (as you will see below) by the way you wear your blanket scarf. I threw on this basic dress & some of my favorite OTK boots to show how easy it is to get many different looks simply by changing up the way you wear one of the season’s hottest accessories. Let’s jump right in! (PS – All outfit details will be linked at the end of the post!)
1. Simple ‘Extra Layer’ (Rectangle scarf)
I call this one the ‘extra layer’ look because it is simply just that – an added layer to take your simple look to the next level. If you have a plain dress or top on and it is still too hot to wear the scarf around your neck, this is a great option because you will still get that fall look (without getting super hot).
This one I’m wearing is a rectangle, but you can easily work with the square shape too for this style! First, I start with it not folded.
Then fold it (long ways if you have a rectangle like me) two times. Essentially, you will do a ‘hotdog style’ fold twice (going back to elementary school ha!).
Then simply, just throw it around the back of your neck and fluff it. Super easy!
2. Traditional Blanket Scarf Style (Square scarf)
The traditional way of wearing a blanket scarf will always be a classic. This style is so comfortable and can literally keep you SO warm in the cooler months.
I think it is way easier to use a square scarf for the traditional style because you can fold it so much easier. First, start with it not folded, then take two opposite corners and fold it to make the corners connect – it should now look like an upside down triangle.
Then, leave the point of the triangle facing down toward the ground and lay the scarf on your chest. Take the other two corners and wrap both sides around the back of your neck.
Once they have crossed in the back, bring the sides to the front (they should be laying right on the front of your shoulders. Then, I like to fluff mine and mess it up a little to make it look more natural.
At this point, you can either tuck the ‘tails’ under the middle part or leave them out. I decided to leave mine out!
3. Traditional Blanket Scarf Turned Infinity (Square scarf)
This one is super easy because it is all the same EXACT steps as the traditional style in number 2 with a couple extra steps at the end to turn it into a unique infinity scarf.
First, follow all the steps in number 2 (above) until you get to your desired look of the traditional blanket scarf style.
After that, you will take one of the tails of the scarf and tuck it INSIDE ON TOP of the scarf (don’t go under the middle of the scarf). You will do this for both of the tails.
Then, take the middle ‘triangle’ part of the scarf and tuck it under to meet up with both of the tails.
Move around the scarf and mess with it until you get the desired look and BOOM – Infinity scarf made over!
4. Traditional With a Twist (Square scarf)
This is definitely one of my fave ways to wear a blanket scarf because it is somewhat the same as the traditional style, but it has an added flare to it that sets you apart and makes the whole look so unique. This one is so fun!
For this one, you will essentially do the same thing (at first) that you did with the traditional styled blanket scarf. First, start with it not folded, then take two opposite corners and fold it to make the corners connect – it should now look like an upside down triangle.
Then, with the point still facing down, fold the upper half of the scarf down to where you can only see about half of the triangle.
Now, wrap it around like you would for the traditional style in number 2. Bring the tails forward and keep those in your hands. (The middle part will be a little tighter at this point than it was in number 2.)
Take the tails and cross one over the other.
Tie it in one knot first. Be sure to keep the tails loose. You don’t want this knot up around your neck.
Repeat what you did for the first knot again. You will have two knots in your scarf after this step. The knots should be located at the point of the triangle.
Lastly, fluff it to your desired look and voila!
5. The Wrap/Shawl (Square scarf)
I love wearing big scarves as a wrap. It’s so cozy, and it really dresses up your look. This style focuses on that poncho type of look, which I love!
First, start with the scarf unfold. Then take two opposite corners and fold it to make the corners connect – it should now look like an upside down triangle.
Leave the triangle part facing down toward the ground, and wrap the scarf around your back, while holding the two ‘tails’ in your hands.
Let the two tails fall over the front of your shoulders, while leaving the down-facing triangle on your back.
Lastly, just cozy up in it. This style is so comfy. 🙂
6. Double Knot (Rectangle scarf)
This is a fun style, especially if you have a really long blanket scarf or if you have a lot of rectangle scarves that can sometimes be tricky to work with.
Start with the scarf unfolded.
Fold the scarf TWICE long ways (hotdog style ha!).
Wrap the folded scarf around the back of your neck (refer to tutorial 1 – above – if you get lost on this first part). Then, cross one end over the other.
Simply, tie a loose knot. You don’t want to get this one too tight up around your neck because the next step will make it tighter.
Repeat. Tie one more knot with the tails, and make sure that both of the knots are touching.
You want the knots to be laying right on top of your chest for a flattering and comfortable look.
7. Asymmetrical, One-Shoulder Shawl (Rectangle scarf)
This style is SUUUPER easy. It is one of those looks that is great for when it is still warmer temps outside, but you still want to look fall-ish. Plus, wearing the scarf this way is another way to dress up your outfit.
Start with the scarf unfolded.
Fold in half (long-ways) ONCE.
Simply, throw it over one shoulder to where the front and back are pretty even in length. The scarf should be right on top of your shoulder (it’s okay if some of it is hanging off of your shoulder). Simple. As. That!
8. The Pretzel (Rectangle scarf)
I LOVE wearing my blanket scarf this way! It is such a different look that you don’t often see on every single person you pass by in the fall & winter. I’ll be honest, I am not even sure of the technical name (or if it even has one ha – literally, I was just playing around with the scarf and ended up with this cute idea) … so, we shall call it ‘The Pretzel’.
First, you’ll want to follow the first two steps in number 7 above. Fold the scarf (long-ways) in half. Then, throw it over your shoulder – backwards – so that the tails are in the back and the middle is around the front of your neck.
Wrap the tails around to the front.
Take one end of the scarf and tuck it inside the middle loop (make sure to take the ends on TOP of the middle, not underneath). Then, pull the end out of the bottom of the middle part of the scarf. Do this for both sides.
Pull both ends out and loosen up the middle loop to complete the look.
There ya have it – The Pretzel!
9. Loop & Through (Rectangle scarf)
This is a very traditional way to tie ANY scarf whether it is rectangular or square. This style has been around for so long, and it’s probably one of easiest and most classic scarf looks.
First, start with you blanket scarf unfolded. Then you will fold it in half (long-ways if you have a rectangle shape like me). Then, you will fold it in half again, except this time, it will be a short fold (aka hamburger fold lol!) to get your scarf to look just like I have mine above.
Next, put your hand through the loop part of the scarf and hold the tails in your other hand. Place the scarf behind your neck.
Then, you will just pull both of the tails through the loop.
Fluff and move it around to get the look that you like best.
And boom – time to rock your look!
10. Asymmetrical Loop & Through (Rectangle scarf)
If you have mastered number 9 above, then this one will be the easiest style to accomplish, because this look follows all of the exact steps as number 9 + one additional step at the end. I like this style because it is just a more edgy take on the classic loop & through.
For this style, you want to follow ALL of the steps in tutorial 9 above. Once you get to the last step in number 9, all you do after that is rotate the scarf and loosen it up a bit, to get that asymmetrical, over-the-shoulder look.
I actually like this a little more than I do the classic loop & through because it just simply looks more stylish and fashionable. Try it out sometime! 🙂
DETAILS: traditional blanket scarf | orange blanket scarf | color block blanket scarf | Spoiled Rotten dress (local to Knoxville) similar here | OTK boots (exact pair sold out) | similar earrings | David Yurman bangle
I hope you all enjoyed this week’s ‘Friday Fave’, and hopefully now you have added some versatile ways to change up some of your looks that include a blanket scarf. With the temps dropping and winter on the way, I know I’ll for sure be using a lot of these techniques VERY soon! I’d love to see pics and hear about how you used any of the tutorials above, so snap me (@peyton.baxter), tweet me (@peytonrbaxter), or send me a message here! Also, please share your scarf tutorials with me too if y’all have any fun ideas that weren’t mentioned above.