How To Wear A Blanket Scarf Without Looking Like You're Napping

For people who aren't die-hard blanket scarf loyalists already, the main hurdle lies in the fact that a big, thick, fabric donut around your neck is more appealing in theory than actual practice. While it might seem great (It's so warm! It's like a long-lasting hug! You can use an actual blanket!), when you actually end up winding your couch throw around you neck, you feel more like Linus than Leandra.

But there's a trick to looking like you're rocking a blanket scarf (instead of just a blanket) and it's all in exactly how you're wrapping things up. Take a look at this slideshow to see blanket scarves worn right, and then see if you and your living room throw can't work things out.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Tuck it into a cropped jacket.
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Photographed by Chantal Adair.
Match your scarf to your coat for a monochromatic illusion.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
For a minimalist, all bundled up look, match your beanie to your scarf, and keep the rest of the outfit all-black. It's equally-as-comfortable as it is polished.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
If you're working with a thick knit, a narrower blanket (think: table runner, not quilt) is going to provide you with a better wrap. Keep things messy, too, and mix up the twists and turns. Anything too neat will make your scarf look like a Victorian ruffle.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
For fleece blankets, try tying it around your neck in a traditional "Christmas Special" way. Keep one end on your back and the other draped on your front.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
Heavier-weight pashminas can go long and lean. Just make sure that the whole scarf is around your neck (and not your shoulders) so you don't give off Les Mis vibes.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
A large, square piece of fabric can easily turn into a blanket scarf. Fluff it up and then make one or two loose knots off to the side.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
For a blanket scarf with some fringe, fold the whole thing into a triangle and wear it bandana-style.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
You can also cinch the whole situation at your waist to minimize bulk.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
Or, drape the scarf off one shoulder. You can either belt it (like in the previous slide) or keep it loose. Make sure that your scarf has got some weight, so it's not fluttering all over the place.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
You can never wear too many oversized silhouettes at once. Play up the volume of your scarf by pairing it with a structured shearling coat and intentionally baggy cargo pants. Bonus points for cuffing the bottoms at the hem to show the slightest bit of ankle.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Skirts aren't out of the question.
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Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Try matching your scarf to your sweater.

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Photographed by Cris Fragkou.
A little leopard never hurts.
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Wrap it around your ears for extra warmth, and dress it up with a vintage-inspired coat and shoulderbag.
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Tie it high and tight.
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