Can I be all stereotypically British for a minute please and talk about the weather? Okay, thanks – SO, the weather. It’s kind of cray cray right now. I mean, mid-November they were talking about how this was the mildest November EVER and I honestly thought I might get away with bare legs on a day here and there. Then it snowed. Because of course it did. And it was freezing, like that bitterly cold kind of freezing where your nose hurts. And now? Well, it’s kind of mild again. But then again, there was ice on Friday so….
And this is why I decided I needed a blanket scarf. Definitely not because all the cool bloggers have them and look awesome in them. Okay, maybe that a little, but also because: weather. The awesome thing about a blanket scarf is that it’s so huge (see below for proof) that it can be folded into a million layers to make it warm, or it can be opened up and be a (somewhat) light layer to wear instead of a coat. It also comes in handy when you go on a trip to the Lake District with the family and no one can figure out the heating so can be used as actual blanket too.
But proof of the scarf’s giantness to start with, and please bear in mind that the scarf is also folded here – opened right out it can pretty much cover a double bed:
Told you. So I decided on this one from Joules because it was pretty, looked cozy and was pretty good value – at £29.95 from Joules for a 2 in 1 (blanket + scarf) garment, it was definitely worth it. It took me a while choose from all the colours, but settled on the good basic grey, blue and red version.
The first thing I had to do when it arrived was actually figure out how to wear this thing – with all the fabric, it’s not exactly the easiest thing! And fortunately, I figured out (with the help of the interwebs) a good few ways to wear it which I thought I’d share with you now.
So first up, take a good basic outfit:
This is the hat I promised you a few posts back, but sadly didn’t make it into the scarf pictures as I kept getting myself tangled up trying to keep the hat on my head while retying the scarf – sorry!
Then get started on the ways to wear a blanket scarf:
1. The “everyday” way to wear it – fold in half diagonally (like in the picture above where I’m showing how big it is), then with the triangle still pointing down, pull the ends around your neck, cross over and bring back to the front. This is how I wear the scarf most:
2. Wrapped up tightly – roll the scarf together and wrap around the neck once:
3. Cape-like and full length (also blanket-like) – simply open it up to its fullest and drape over the shoulders:
4. Half-cape – folded in half diagonally again, and draped over the shoulders:
5. Tied cape – same as above but, well, tied:
6. Belted cape – still folded in half, and now belted:
7. Super simple, drape the length of the scarf around your neck:
8. Draped & belted: I’m sure I don’t need to explain this one!
Any other suggestions on ways to wear a blanket scarf? Here are a few more of my faves: