Greetings Beeple people,
I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you all! One thing is for sure, winter has definitely shown its face here in Montreal and we are entering the three-month hustle. Oh yes. January, February and March. The months where all of us hang on for survival as we slowly make our way back to spring. Some of us can't bear the thought of that and press the escape button: we take a break by flying down south in the middle of those months to recharge the batteries. To maintain whatever sanity is left of us as we become paler shades of pasty white. On the beach, we are similar to uncooked chickens as we slather ourselves in oils, get a little "marinated" with rum and cokes and lay out in the sun to grill ourselves. All this to say: those three months of blistering cold can be tough. It comes to a point when we almost forget that we actually have a summer season, especially when it's minus 20 outside with the windchill factor. With that in mind, I thought I'd write about a great fashion trend that will help keep you warm throughout the winter crusade. If you are a fan of scarves and pashminas like I am, you must have heard of the BLANKET SCARVES!
Those excessively big and fluffy scarves that look like a throw you could place on your sofa. Really, they are quite large. I got one in September but added two other ones to my collection recently and I have been wearing them a lot, especially with the cold weather we are experiencing. They will protect your beautiful face from the harsh effects of the winter wind and make you look good while you're at it.
Does my size matter?
Nope! I know. You would think that a blanket scarf would be quite overwhelming on smaller frames but tall or small, the blanket scarf can work for you. The only things to worry about are the colours and the styles (how to wear them) that suit you best.
Square versus rectangular
First thing you need to know is that there are two types of blanket scarves: the square and the rectangular. The first blanket scarf I purchased was rectangular. A fine shape but in comparison to the square ones, they are a little harder to arrange. I highly recommend getting the square shape as they are more intuitive when folding them and wrapping them around your body and consequently, look more natural. How to know if they are square or rectangular? Besides the obvious shape, it you are unsure, a good test would be the triangular shape that appears when folding the scarf in half by joining opposite ends. If you are unable to do that, you are holding a rectangular blanket scarf.
Versatility and punch
The beauty of the blanket scarves are in their practicality. Not only do they keep you toasty and can become actual blankets but they also look fabulous. They can revitalize your office look or cozy up your winter weekend at the cottage. I do recommend wearing a solid non-patterned base colour shirt of blazer if you really want to make the scarf pop, however, that is definitely not a must. You can pair blanket scarves with a coat for the colder months...like RIGHT NOW for us Montrealers, or you can turn it into a body wrap with a nice belt or accessorize a leather jacket with it.
For a clean cut office look, you can wear your hair up in a bun. It will give your look some height, no fuss no muss. Especially if you have long hair like me. And look at that...even tiny bumblebee can wear a huge scarf!
I found mine at Winners and Simons. After purchase, I threw them in a gentle wash cycle to get rid of any excess material fluff that might stick to my clothing. I then leave them in the dryer five minutes tops and let them air dry. Inevitably, you may always get a little fluff on your clothing but it's worth it. Hey, I mean, if some people can live with cats and dogs and manage to keep their wardrobe spotless and hairless, we can handle this no problem!
Have you tried one yet? Here is a great video on the different ways to tie a blanket scarf.
So buckle up folks and scarf the winter down ;)
Bee scarfing x
My name is Ivana. I love photography and meeting people. I hold a Master's in counselling psychology and work as a career consultant. Music is my fuel and an important source of energy in my life. I drive my vespa around the city and I love what I do! :) About this blog: me on my artistic soap box!
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