The blanket scarf is something I’ve needed my whole life and just didn’t know it. I’m always shivering on planes, always needing something to cover my shoulders, my legs, my hands. Packing a blanket just seems ridiculous. But packing a blanket scarf? Now that’s the perfect compromise. Small enough to count as a scarf but big enough to count as a blanket? You can bet that I’ll never be traveling without one again!

Here are my top five picks:


1 Aerie Blanket Scarf, American Eagle, $29.95 | 2 The Blanket Scarf, Abercrombie & Fitch, $19 | 3 Oversized Plaid Scarf, Target, $16.99 | 4 Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf, Aritzia, $80 | 5 Textured Metallic Blanket Scarf, Banana Republic, $79.99

The biggest challenge with the blanket scarf is figuring out how to wear it. When you’re using it as a scarf rather than a blanket, it’s a lot of fabric to contend with. Fear not: Tutorials, suggestions and how-tos abound! Here are some resources to help you figure out exactly how to use your blanket scarf.

This video from bella_noochi shows you how to tie your scarf:

These articles offer up more tips for wearing your blanket scarf so you don’t look like you’re on the losing end of a blanket throwdown:

16 Ways to Wear a Cozy Blanket Scarf via New York Magazine
Styling the Blanket Scarf via American Eagle
Blanket Scarf How-To via Aritzia


9 Comments on Travel Essential: The Blanket Scarf

  1. Lauren
    January 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Just bought the Aritzia one in black and cream and am obsessed! So multi-functional.

    • Natalie
      January 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm (5 years ago)

      I’m obsessed, too – they’re so great, especially for traveling. And shivering at your desk at work!

  2. Irene S Levine
    January 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Love these and your sense of style!

    • Natalie
      January 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Irene! It’s been so long – hope that you and Jerry are well and that I see you both soon! ~xoxo

  3. Meghan
    January 29, 2015 at 6:12 am (5 years ago)

    I can’t choose which one I like best!

  4. Lori
    February 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Yes, yes, yes!! I’ve been using a scarf as an airplane essential for years! It is absolutely the BEST! I’ve tied it around my waist before as well- super cute and functional!!

  5. Donna Leffel
    March 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love scarves. I am going to have to get one of these before my next plane trip!!!

    • Natalie
      March 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm (4 years ago)

      I can’t travel without them and love the dual functionality of a blanket scarf!


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