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Scarves have become less trendy in the last few years, but in super cold climates they’re a necessity and can still look fabulous in an outfit. Here are some tips for how to wear a scarf in a winter outfit.

LEVI’S PUFFER COAT | MOTT AND BOW CASHMERE SWEATER | SIMILAR BLANKET SCARF | GOOD AMERICAN JEANS | NAVY HUNTER BOOTS 

SIMILAR NAVY COAT | SIMILAR PLAID SCARF | GOOD AMERICAN JEANS | SIMILAR TAN BOOTS 

Why the “before” winter scarf outfit needs improvements:

  • It’s honestly hard to tell how MUCH bulk there is in this “before” outfit. With a huge blanket scarf and a puffy jacket, I felt like the Michelin Man. Puffy coats and blanket scarves do not mix well. If you’re doing a blanket scarf, keep your outerwear slim, or skip the outerwear altogether and just wear it with a slim sweater.
  • Since the outfit is already so bulky, adding bulky boots is not a good idea. You’ll be clunking around everywhere and feeling anything but comfortable. I think Hunter rain boots are cute, but they’re not super easy to wear around.
  • Can you wear earrings with a scarf? Heck yes! They’ll help add a little sparkle among all the fabric of the coat and scarf. Just keep them small and simple — no big dangly earrings.

A few easy ways to help you figure out how to wear a scarf:

  • A wool peacoat is a much better coat option with a scarf. It’s still warm, but you have almost no bulk.
  • I really like blanket scarves, but they are massive and sometimes hard to manage. Instead, a long, thin scarf can keep you just as warm, but make less bulk around your chest.
  • A small hoop or stud earring adds just enough sparkle without getting in the way.
  • Ankle boots are a better option with a coat and scarf outfit. They’re neutral and not clunky. You can add tall socks underneath with an inch or two peeking out, if you need a little extra warmth.

If you’re more of a visual person, here’s the same advice in action

Looking to add a winter scarf to your outfit?

There are lots of great winter scarves out there! Here are a few great ones.

Other outfits with winter scarves to give you some inspiration.

Why these outfits work:

  • So many great scarf outfits –  I love that every one of them lets the scarf be the center of attention. No competing outfits here! I wanted to show you that blanket scarves are not a bad thing, and can definitely work in many outfits. It’s just not a good idea with an already puffy coat. It’s also helpful to see the scarves tied in different ways, or not tied at all. Get creative with your scarf outfits!

Now go wear your winter scarves, and wear them well!

See the rest of the 2020 Winter Style Guide HERE!

The Winter Style Guide: Scarves

Scarves have become less trendy in the last few years, but in super cold climates they’re a necessity and can still look fabulous in an outfit. Here are some tips for how to wear a scarf in a winter outfit.

how to wear a scarf

LEVI’S PUFFER COAT | MOTT AND BOW CASHMERE SWEATER | SIMILAR BLANKET SCARF | GOOD AMERICAN JEANS | NAVY HUNTER BOOTS 

SIMILAR NAVY COAT | SIMILAR PLAID SCARF | GOOD AMERICAN JEANS | SIMILAR TAN BOOTS 

 

 

Why the “before” winter scarf outfit needs improvements:

  • It’s honestly hard to tell how MUCH bulk there is in this “before” outfit. With a huge blanket scarf and a puffy jacket, I felt like the Michelin Man. Puffy coats and blanket scarves do not mix well. If you’re doing a blanket scarf, keep your outerwear slim, or skip the outerwear altogether and just wear it with a slim sweater.
  • Since the outfit is already so bulky, adding bulky boots is not a good idea. You’ll be clunking around everywhere and feeling anything but comfortable. I think Hunter rain boots are cute, but they’re not super easy to wear around.
  • Can you wear earrings with a scarf? Heck yes! They’ll help add a little sparkle among all the fabric of the coat and scarf. Just keep them small and simple — no big dangly earrings.

A few easy ways to help you figure out how to wear a scarf:

  • A wool peacoat is a much better coat option with a scarf. It’s still warm, but you have almost no bulk.
  • I really like blanket scarves, but they are massive and sometimes hard to manage. Instead, a long, thin scarf can keep you just as warm, but make less bulk around your chest.
  • A small hoop or stud earring adds just enough sparkle without getting in the way.
  • Ankle boots are a better option with a coat and scarf outfit. They’re neutral and not clunky. You can add tall socks underneath with an inch or two peeking out, if you need a little extra warmth.

 

If you’re more of a visual person, here’s the same advice in action

outfits with scarves
how to wear a scarf

Looking to add a winter scarf to your outfit?

There are lots of great winter scarves out there! Here are a few great ones.

 

 

Other outfits with winter scarves to give you some inspiration.

how to wear a scarf on other women

Why these outfits work:

  • So many great scarf outfits –  I love that every one of them lets the scarf be the center of attention. No competing outfits here! I wanted to show you that blanket scarves are not a bad thing, and can definitely work in many outfits. It’s just not a good idea with an already puffy coat. It’s also helpful to see the scarves tied in different ways, or not tied at all. Get creative with your scarf outfits!

 

Now go wear your winter scarves, and wear them well!

See the rest of the 2021 Winter Style Guide HERE!

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2 Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    What color socks would you add in the “after” outfit?

  2. sabina says:

    i would LOVE to see posts that take, for example, the sweatshirt that DOESN”T work, and show how that WOULD work. same with other items you switch out – if we have the offending items in our closet , how could we wear them better/correctly?

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