fall trend report: the blanket scarf

Wrap, poncho, scarf, shawl—whatever you like to call it, there’s probably one (or dozens) piled in your closet, begging to be part of fall’s golden scenery. But it’s time to do a little spring fall cleaning by updating your wardrobe with the most versatile piece this season—the blanket scarf. It’s a crave-worthy, all-in-one accessory that you can wrap, layer, belt and twist to make every #OOTD even cozier. Yep, it’s that good.

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Drape it

Trade in your fave summer zip-up for a cool-weather-ready blanket scarf that will keep you toasty during an afternoon at the apple orchard. Rather than hiding behind a bulky fall jacket (because it’s not that cold yet!), drape the scarf around your shoulders like a chic cape.  If your picture perfect day ends in an apple pie-induced food coma (as we sincerely hope it does), snuggle up on the couch with your new favorite accessory as a perfect blanket sub-in. No worries if you go all Linus over this one – we won’t judge.

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Belt it

Want to learn a magic trick? Turn your scarf into a faux poncho by loosely draping the blanket scarf over your shoulders, cinched at the waist with a wide belt. The opportunity to flaunt your curves while maintaining sweater-level comfort? Count. Us. In. And when you pair this autumn stunner with tall boots in earthy tones (of course) and a bright red lip, it’s the perfect upgrade from the standard puffy vest for a laid back afternoon with the ladies.

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Wrap it

If there’s one thing that makes our hearts pitter patter as much as the first PSL of the season, it’s letting a classic scarf be the icing on our fall wardrobe cake. From infinities to your go-to winter warmer, the blanket does it all.

  • bandana-esque: Tie the ends of a blanket scarf together and loop it behind your neck for an oversized bandana look. Pair it with a long sweater and glam accessories like a faux fur vest, chunky ankle booties and big sunglasses for a glam take on fall’s finest.
  • chunky chic: For a look that can go from the office to your alma mater’s tailgate, simply loop the scarf around your neck a few times, leaving you with the biggest, comfiest scarf around. A classic top knot and hoop earrings will get your laid-back look ready for whatever the day may bring.
  • twist and shout: If it’s one of those mornings when you just don’t wanna get out of bed, opt for the look-good-with-zero-effort routine. Step 1. Throw on an oversized sweater. Step 2. Twist your blanket scarf around your neck, leaving the ends loose like a layered necklace. Step 3. Zip-up ankle boots. Step 4. Rock your day.

As you embrace cooler temps ahead, explore the multiple ways this one piece can change your entire look. The essential fall statement is one that’s sure to be on repeat all season long!

men’s active goes athleisurely stylish

From fancy fitness bands to simple 10-minute workouts snuck into your lunch break, couch potato days are a thing of the past. But in a 24/7 world when we’re rushing to work and dropping off the kiddos at soccer practice, it’s important for our attire to seamlessly take us from point A to point B.

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We ladies have been graced with an abundance of stylish fitness gear, but what about the fellas? Since we’re tired of seeing our men decked out in worn t-shirts and old gym shorts while running essential weekend errands, we’re sharing a few tips to create a classic athleisure (that’s athletic + leisure, everyone) ensemble he can’t go wrong with.

Ditch the gym shorts. You probably won’t get him to part with them completely, but at least upgrade him into a pair of trendy joggers. They’re refreshingly polished and versatile so he can easily wear them with a fresh white tee and athletic hoodie to stay warm during those brisk summer mornings.

Go simple with the shoes. While neon shades work in the summer, transition into fall with a classic black, grey or white sneaker. The neutral tones will effortlessly bring his stylish look together while leaving everyone else in the weight room envious.

Be fashionably prepared. The days between summer and fall can be fickle—scorching hot one day, chilly and windy the next. Make sure your man is seasonally ready with a casual, yet stylish polar fleece hoodie. While light enough for the autumn chill, it can double as a solid layering staple for winter. Because if we know our guys, we know they love their multipurpose items, right?

So banish those shabby shirts and old shorts from his wardrobe because now, your man has no excuse for not looking his athleisurely best.