The blanket scarf is beyond versatile. And beyond big. (Most measure around 54″ x 54″.) But if you know how to work this suddenly everywhere fashion must-have, it subs in as a shrug, updates a coat, works as a poncho and more. We show you how to style the scarf so you look chic, not drowning in plaid.

Belt it

Wearing the blanket scarf belted is figure flattering and chic. To create this look, fold the scarf into a triangle. Starting at the top point, roll the scarf toward the bottom two points. When the scarf is shaped in a long roll, drape the scarf around your neck and allow the ends to hang loose in front. Place the belt around your waist, keeping the ends of the scarf under the belt as you clasp the buckle. Make sure you use a fairly slim belt, no more than 2-inches in width, and allow the focus to be on the scarf. Wear the belted scarf with monochromatic top and pant or skirt, the long column of color, when belted, will make you look long and lean.

A belted scarf, topped with an oversized sweater throw, feels fresh this season. Scarf, $XX at Finnleys Good Findings, 435 Main St., Franklin, 615-628-8495

A belted scarf, topped with an oversized sweater throw, feels fresh this season. Scarf, $35 at Finnleys Good Findings, 435 Main St., Franklin, 615-628-8495

 

Boho 

Wear the scarf as a shawl, perfect when paired with a boho-vibe peasant top and jeans. Simply fold the scarf into a triangle and throw it around your shoulders.

Easy and boho-vibed, the blanket scarf as a soft shawl.

Easy and boho-vibed, the blanket scarf works as a soft shawl.

Shrug

Create a shrug with your scarf, perfect for covering your upper arms when wearing a sleeveless blouse or dress. Fold the scarf into a triangle. Cradle two ends of the scarf in the crook of each elbows, with the third point hanging down behind you, as if you were wearing a shawl. Pull the two ends in the front behind your back and knot, allowing the third point to hang loose over the knotted ends. The scarf will now stay in place, covering your upper arms like a shrug.

Angle poncho

Wear the blanket scarf asymmetrically to create a poncho. Fold the scarf into a triangle and place the long point over one shoulder, tying the other two ends loosely around your neck.

Wear a blanket scarf on an angle for a cape-like look.

Wear a blanket scarf on an angle for a cape-like look.

The cover up

Wearing a plain tee? Add oomph with a blanket scarf in a style I call the cover up. Fold the scarf into a triangle. Tie the ends around the back of your neck and allow the point to cover up the front of your shirt or tee.

A blanket scarf covers up a plain tee or top with plaid power.

A blanket scarf covers up a plain tee or top with plaid power.