Do you own a blanket scarf?
For Bloggers or For Everyone?
Blanket scarfs have been trending on blogs for a little over a year. They blew up on blogs last winter, but I never really saw them on the streets.
Just over a year ago, Alice, from Happiness at Midlife, even wrote a post wondering if blanket scarves would ever become popular in real life. Maybe they were only a blogger phenomenon that would never make it out of cyberspace?
If you own one, you know it’s not entirely far-fetched to believe that you might get swallowed up by the mammoth thing while wearing it.
Alas, time has told, and blanket scarfs are everywhere! We overcame the fear of our clothes overwhelming us. They’re not only gracing every bloggers’ cover page but also just about every neck I see shivering down the bustling Chicago streets.
Hard to Wear
It took me a long while to come around to blanket scarves. Honestly, I didn’t even buy this one for myself. I received it as a gift and totally love it. I mentioned not long ago that I think it’s a great combination of cozy and sophisticated. However, it’s a trend from which I’ve shied away for many months not sure if it was for me.
Plain and simple, blanket scarves are hard to wear. They’re great for blustery commutes in my stomping grounds. They make an excellent choice for travel gear that can be a stylish scarf or … well … a blanket on a cold airplane. And they’re perfectly cozy in a freezing cold office in winter (the same office that somehow manages to become a still freezing cold, over air-conditioned office in summer… insert eyeroll).
Tangent: About those cold offices, have you thought about how it impacts your work? Some suggest cold offices are a form of sexist discrimination. After all, it’s almost always the women that are cold, right? I’m not quite inclined to use such a strong word, but I would definitely enjoy warmer office spaces. Hotel conference rooms are the absolute worst!
There’s some scientific reasoning and history behind the cold office situation, which indirectly supports that the temperatures are geared to favor men. Either way, a blanket scarf might just be women’s way of stylishly responding to the “thermostat crisis”.
The Pros and Cons
Back to the over sized accessory… Once inside, blanket scarves can feel bulky and overwhelming, somewhat unnatural really. They don’t always stay situated properly as we move about our days in real life fashion (as opposed to the “I’m a blogger and can stand super still for perfect selfies for five minutes” fashion). You all know that’s a thing…
Pros and cons addressed, I’m ultimately a fan. But it certainly has taken some time for the trend to grow on me. And if it’s not up your alley, there’s plenty of good reason to pass this one by.
If you live in warmer temperatures, a blanket scarf probably makes no sense at all. If you prefer minimalist style or hate fussy accessorizing, you’re better off leaving this monstrosity on the shelf for another eligible shopper.
For those intrigued but not yet on board, Merrick provided a helpful tutorial on ideas to style the scarf. I tried all her suggestions. I think my scarf is a bit larger and bulkier than hers, so I couldn’t recreate all her options. (Maybe that’s just user error?)
Mary offers another option. She calls it a cape, but it’s basically the same thing. If you like it, give it a go with a cape, a blanket scarf, or whatever you already have in your closet that fits the bill.
Where do you stand on styling around your neck an accessory more appropriately sized to be folded on the back of your couch?
Dress – JCrew (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Leggings – Lululemon | Scarf – gift | Boots – Aerosoles