Sugarplum Style Tip | How-To Tie a Blanket Scarf

Thanks so much for all the love on our Christmas tree (and cozy pajamas!) yesterday! I’m thrilled you like how the holiday decor fit with the new Dining Room, and I’m excited to share more of the house with you in the coming weeks.

Today’s post is answering one of my most-asked questions….how did you tie your scarf?!

It seems easy enough, right?! After all, Pinterest and Instagram is full of people prancing around in darling scarves.

Yet somehow, when we try to wear one, we end up looking like we’re being attacked by said darling scarf! #fail

Granted some scarves are too big, and do overwhelm the person prancing about (in my very opinionated opinion). But many just need a little finessing, so here’s a step-by-step guide to hopefully help!

ONE // Start with a square scarf (most blanket scarves are square…some are rectangular, but I avoid most of those because they create too much bulk around your neck, unless you wear them draped, or as a shawl).

TWO // Fold scarf diagonally to create a triangle. (I don’t have the wingspan to show the whole scarf, but trust me, it’s a triangle.)

THREE // This step is easier to show than explain, but I bunch or roll the scarf until I’m holding either side of the point. This cuts down on the excess material, and therefore, bulk.

FOUR // Drape the ends over your shoulders, but don’t pull back so tight that the scarf covers your face. We aren’t trying to be bandits.

FIVE // Cross the ends behind your head, and pull to the front. Note the distance between the scarf and my face. #thisisnotastickup

You can leave the ends loose like this, or go on to the next step.

SIX // Loop the ends in front, and pull just tight enough so the flap of the scarf covers it.

And voila! Sometimes you have to zhush it a bit more by pulling the scarf away from your face, or pressing the folds down so they don’t block your vision. If you get too flustered, take it off and start again. You know how sometimes it takes a second or third attempt to get a good ponytail?! Scarves are kind of like that.

Speaking of ponytails, I usually wear my hair back with a blanket scarf (just to cut down on the amount of stuff bunching around my neck), but I forgot a hair tie. #badblogger

We’re not looking for perfection though, blanket scarves look best when they’re a little messy and relaxed.

Infinity scarves are an easy way to get the look if you’re not on-board the blanket scarf train. I just loop it around my head twice, then finagle the material until it lies mostly flat.

Here’s a handy-dandy graphic I whipped up, because it’s what bloggers do.

So was this tutorial helpful? Are you a certified scarf whisperer now?! #thatsarealthing Did you also notice how simply changing the scarf mixed up the entire outfit?! Just like the Power of Three, I could do a whole series on the Power of Scarves! #challengeaccepted Plus, they make excellent gifts for girlfriends, moms, sisters, teachers, and dogs.

And let’s not forget gifting ourselves. (Because who’s going to put something in your stocking if you don’t?! #amIright) 😉 Santa is bringing me this one. And maybe this one, since it’s half-off! Don’t overlook the Men’s department too, after all, scarves are mostly gender-neutral and one-size-fits-all!

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Photos by the crazy-talented & always-darling, Mary Summers.

*This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all clothes, ideas, and scarf-whispering are my own. #stillarealthing Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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  1. Christina wrote:

    Perfection! I have the olive scarf and find it drapes nicely no matter what. I also have the classic plaid and finally (after several deep breaths) cut it in half. #sheaffertildmeto 🙈 You certainly are a scarf whisperer.

    Posted 12.6.16 Reply
  2. We're not trying to be bandits. Ha! I love a good blanket scarf but it can quickly overwhelm my petite frame. Thanks for sharing your scarf whispering skills!

    Posted 12.6.16 Reply
  3. Heather wrote:

    THANK YOU! I love blanket scarfs by could never understand how to tie them up without drowning in it.

    Posted 12.6.16 Reply
  4. I love the leopard infinity scarf, bought it after you had posted it here several week ago, but ended up returning it. It was suffocating me. With it being infinity I couldn't get it to bunch down like a blanket scarf. I've also been known to cut a blanket scarf in half on the diagonal and it is still big enough and I'm not overwhelmed.

    Posted 12.6.16 Reply
    • That's a bummer about the leopard scarf! I do have to smoosh it quite a bit, but I can get it to lie flat after some work! 🙂

      Posted 12.6.16 Reply
  5. Now you're speaking my love language! I've never met a scarf I haven't wanted. It's my fat my accessory of choice. My favorite blanket scarf tip (from Sheaffer) is to cut them in half. Helps so much with the bulk and then you have a second half to give a friend!!

    Posted 12.6.16 Reply
  6. "we aren't trying to be bandits"…bahahaha…I'm dying here. And I'm going to have to add zhush to my vocabulary. Scarves are just my favorite accessory this time of year!

    Posted 12.6.16 Reply
  7. Done and done! Just ordered that green one you did the tutorial with. The stripes at the bottom lured me in. I've been wanting a square one and have a hard time finding one I like, until now! I wore a rectangle one yesterday and felt like I had a neck brace on it was so thick.

    Posted 12.7.16 Reply
  8. But if you DID (theoretically) have an amazing scarf that you love that happens to be rectangular….what would you do?! #askingforafriend

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
    • LOL! I have some rectangular scarves, I really do! If they are long enough, then I do a very similar tie as this one, but usually skip the final step of tying it in front. So the ends hang open. If the scarf is too short (so the ends don't hang past my boobs), then I'd just drape it around my neck, like on the lapel of a coat. Does that help?? xo

      Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  9. Paris Cafe wrote:

    Cassie, you rock a scarf. I love a good scarf but a big scarf such as the blanket scarf sadly really doesn't go well with large boobs.

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply