Aaron and I visited Seattle this past summer, and my awesome sister-in-law, McKenna, wanted to take me to her favorite store, Aritzia. I’d never really heard of it, but ohmygoodness. The moment I walked in, I was hooked. It was pure, unadulterated Unfancy style.
When Aritzia reached out to me about a possible collaboration a few months later, I just about passed out from excitement.
Then promptly white-girl-danced to Beyonce for a solid 15.
Today, I’m beside myself with excitement because I get to share it with you! I’ll be taking over Aritzia’s Instagram today, too, so I’d love it if you’d follow along.
Since accessories can add so much life to a capsule wardrobe, Aritzia asked me to come up with some simple + modern ways to wear a scarf. A blanket scarf to be exact.
Blanket scarves have my name all over them.
Put the word “blanket” in front of any piece of clothing, and I am so there, ready to get cozy.
So, how is a blanket scarf different than a regular scarf, you ask?
Well, first of all, a blanket scarf is square — none of that long skinny rectangle-ness that makes up most scarves. Second, a blanket scarf is usually oversized. Like taller than your dad, oversized. Finally, a blanket scarf is usually made of comfort-tastic fabric.
Here are three totally different + totally modern + totally easy ways to wear a blanket scarf. Hint: it’s all in the folding.
No. 1: Poncho Style (AKA The Rectangle Fold)
Step one: Fold your blanket scarf in half, creating a rectangle. Throw it around your shoulders + bunch it up at the top edge.
Step two: Bring one side around and tuck it snugly.
Step three: Bring the other side around and tuck it snugly. Then shape + tuck as necessary, until you have a nice triangle shape in front.
Style your blanket scarf with a charcoal sweatshirt, leather leggings, and slip-ons. This look is perfect for the airport + travel. It’s cozy + stylish + totally fuss free.
Bonus! Finish the look with a large tote bag + glasses.
No. 2: Cardigan Style (AKA the triangle fold)
Step one: Start with your blanket scarf completely open + unfolded.
Step two: Fold your blanket scarf in half diagonally, creating a triangle. Don’t worry about making it perfect — it should be a sloppy triangle.
Step three: Wrap the long edge around your shoulders. Adjust as necessary + leave open.
Style it with jeans + a cozy knit sweater + ankle booties. Finish the look with a felt hat. Boho-tastic!
No. 3: Regular Scarf Style (AKA the Bunch-Up)
Step one: Start with your blanket scarf completely open + unfolded. Then simply bunch it up.
Step two: Bring the scarf around your neck, keeping it super short on one end and long on the other.
Step three: Loop the long end around your neck once + tuck the end under the loop. Adjust as necessary.
Style it with jeans + a blazer + ankle booties. The look is classic, but the extra large size of the scarf keeps it modern. Perfect for everyday wear.
Which look is your favorite?