the blanket scarf

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scarf: Marshall's (similar) // dress: Forever 21 // blouse: Forever 21 // boots: Chinese Laundry

photos by Briley Noel

Are three trends too many for one outfit? I'm wearing three of my favorites here: over-the-knee boots, a blouse layered under my dress, and a blanket scarf.

The Zara blanket scarf was last year's blogger's hot cakes. Everyone had one, and they took selfies drinking from red Starbucks cups at wreath-making get-togethers with their Best Bloggy Friends (BBFs). Little did I know, these blanket scarves are actually incredibly practical and mine has become my most favorite item to wear this season.

First, it's warm as heck. I use mine as an actual blanket at work, which means I really bought one item that serves my two favorite purposes: comfort and cuteness. Second, it's way easier to style than I initially expected. The way I wore it here has been my favorite so far, but it's also cute with anything from a cable knit sweater, boyfriend jeans, and cute flats to chambray, skinny jeans, and ankle boots.

I know, non-bloggers, it looks too big for real life. But I swear to you, you can wear a blanket scarf and look totally normal (and even cute). There are lots of ways to tie it so it's not so bulky. Here are some of my favs: one, two, three, four.


  1. You look so cute! These colors are really fantastic on you.

  2. A few things...You look amazing. These 3 trends work perfectly together. You are seriously rocking this outfit. What color is that lipstick? Please do a tutorial on how you tied this scarf!

  3. This might be my favorite way I've seen this scarf styled (and goodness have I seen it a lot ;). I adore the colors and the layering, and everything about this is perfect.

  4. that looks so dang cozy warm + really pretty

  5. Ohhh my gosh, Nicole! You look so, so beautiful, confident, and happy in all of these pictures! I really love all the colors going on here, and the blouse-under-a-dress look is working for you so nicely! I haven't gotten the confidence to try this look out for myself...but as cute as you look here, I may need to try it out for myself!

  6. you would look SO CUTE with a blouse under a dress! i worked my way into it by starting with chambray, since i love it so much already. it gives my closet a totally second life. can't wait to see what you come up with!

    also, thanks for always leaving the world's sweetest comments.

  7. All of your pictures are always adorable and awesome! This outfit is too cute! When I first got my blanket scarf I thought it was ginormous, but I've gotten used to it now and use it as a blanket at work when the office is too cold!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. I LOVE blanket scarves. I didn't know they were exactly a hot item. I've always loved big scarves because they are just so cozy and warm and I'm pretty much ALWAYS freezing from October/November to A scarf just really makes a difference in warmth. I almost feel naked without one in the colder months! Wow...I'm just going on and on about my love of scarves. I'll stop You look so adorable! I love layered looks. Autumn is the best for outfits. :)

  9. Aww, thank you, Nicole!! On Thanksgiving, I did wind up wearing a sleeveless dress with a long-sleeved tee underneath at your encouragement! I really liked how it turned out, so I'll need to try it out with my chambray shirt next! And I'm glad you enjoy my comments - I always try to leave a little ray of sunshine for all the people I follow :)

  10. Thanks for the link to 26 and Counting! Also, love that you're rocking a blanket scarf. Sure they're over-sized and a bit over the top, but aren't they seriously great?


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