Blanket scarves have been around for several seasons now. People typically love them or hate them. When they first came out, I WANTED to love them. I definitely loved the idea of them, and I really loved them when I saw other people in them…but they always felt too bulky to me and like there was always just too much dang fabric. I purchased several (because again, I wanted to love them), but I never wore them. I would put them on, but I would always end up taking them off before walking out the door. Luckily, I figured out how to make them work for me, and now I wear them all the time!
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR WEARING BLANKET SCARVES
First of all, when wearing a blanket scarf, I ALWAYS put my hair in a pony tail. ALWAYS. That alone makes them easier to wear. I actually follow this rule with most of my scarves. A ponytail shows off the scarf, and it keeps the hair from just laying on top of the scarf (and looking a bit awkward if your hair length is similar to mine).
The next step is going to absolutely ROCK some of your worlds. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you might have seen this suggestion a couple of years ago. If you’re new here, get ready for me to blow your mind.
Most of us can agree that blanket scarves are intimidating and a little scary because there is just sooooo much fabric! So, I suggest you fix that problem by…..
wait for it…..
CUTTING IT IN HALF.
I know, I know. It sounds crazy, but it’s not! CUT IT!!!!!
Here’s an entire blanket scarf. Look how big it is!
So. Much. Fabric.
How do you go about cutting it? First, lay it out flat like in the picture above. Then, fold it in half into a triangle shape (like you see below). Easy, right?
Now comes the scary part. CUT IT. Simple as that. I know it’s scary, BUT DO IT!
JUST. CUT. IT.
Don’t mark it off, don’t fret about it being perfect, don’t have a panic attack, just grab a pair of scissors and get to cutting!!! This is my 3rd blanket scarf I’ve done this too, and it leaves a bit of a ragged edge, but none of them have ever unraveled on me.
Drink some wine. Give yourself a pep talk. And cut the dang scarf.
I’m telling you….TOTAL. GAME. CHANGER.
So, now that the scarf isn’t the size of a picnic blanket, put it on and style it!
See how the ponytail makes the scarf the star of the show? Plus, my hair doesn’t end up in a tangled mess, which always happens if I wear a scarf without a ponytail. And notice how the scarf is still full and cozy, but it’s not eating my face? Yep, that’s the beauty of cutting the scarf in half. All of the bells and whistles, without all of the claustrophobia.
Below is a blanket scarf that has been cut in half! Notice how much less bulky it is around the neck.
Click HERE for the scarf.
I found some new blanket scarves on Amazon, but before we get to those, I made a handy dandy little graphic a couple of years ago that I would like to share again.
Purely fyi: It took me about 20 minutes to write out the 4 SIMPLE steps you are about to read below. TWENTY. MINUTES. Wish I was kidding. I of course know how I personally tie a scarf, but for some reason it was SO HARD for me to put it into words! I hope the steps help you! Even if they don’t, just act like they do….m’kay? Please and thank you. And again, please feel free to pin it! Then you can reference it quickly next time you are having issues tying your scarf.
This next graphic is also from several years ago. The shot on the left shows the blanket scarf as I purchased it. The picture on the right shows the one that has been cut in half. See? Just as cute, but way less overwhelming. (Look at sweet Scout behind me. I sure do miss that furry guy.)
I’m telling you, QUIT YOU’RE BELLY ACHIN’ AND JUST CUT YOUR SCARVES ALREADY! If you did this with me in year’s past, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT so people that haven’t done it yet don’t think I’ve lost my mind!
And listen to this! If you do take the leap and cut your blanket scarf in half, NOW YOU HAVE A FRIENDSHIP SCARF! Give the other half to a friend!
I wanted to highlight some scarves today that are currently available, so I headed to Amazon with the hopes of finding some great scarves at great prices with fast and free delivery. And I have to say, Amazon delivered in a big way.
I also grabbed a great basic tee and a cardigan to pair with all the scarves. And you know what…both the tee and the cardi are awesome. Even if you aren’t interested in any of the scarves, you should consider the tee and the cardi. The tee comes in a 2 pack for ONLY $16. I sized up to a medium and am glad I did. The cardi is under $30, comes in 7 color choices, and is so incredibly soft. It has fabulous reviews, and one of the reviewers dubbed it “the perfect work cardi”.
And just in case you aren’t interested in the scarves, here’s an outfit without a scarf so you can get a better look at the tee and the cardi!
Use the code STONESTEAL to get the necklace for $20 (reg. $42)!
This blanket scarf comes in 12 plaid options. This one is white, blue, blush, and a dark mustard.
FYI, I didn’t cut any of the blanket scarves you see in the next several pictures. I hadn’t yet decided which scarves I was keeping, so I couldn’t cut them just yet. And you know what? I’m not sure if they are making them a bit smaller now, but these didn’t seem quite as overwhelming as I remember blanket scarves being. STILL. They are going to be much more manageable cut in half. And again, then you will have 1/2 to give to a friend!
This one is a black plaid, but I love how all the other colors in the plaid tie the outfit together with the mustard cardi and the wine bag. And this cross body is 50% OFF right now, making it under $35!
Black and white is always good.
And for those of you that are still scared of blanket scarves, I did find a couple of infinity scarves to highlight today.
Infinity scarves have a lot less fabric, and they practically style themselves. All you have to do is just loop them around your neck twice, and voila! Instant style! And this infinity scarf is UNDER $10.
Here’s a different view. I love the colors in this one.
Another great one HERE. It’s only $10.99, and there 27 color combos to choose from!
And a view from the top!
I hope y’all were inspired today and that some of you are looking for your scissors at this very moment.
DO IT, LADIES!
CUT THOSE SCARVES!!!
And I hope to see y’all back here on Wednesday for the recap of The Bachelor Season premier! Something tells me it’s going to be THE MOST DRAMATIC season premier ever. Photo source HERE.