One of the most common questions I’m getting right now is, Are scarves in style this year?
Scarves as an accessory category never go out of style, but scarf styles do go in and out of vogue, and right now we’re definitely seeing a shift away from infinity scarves and those big square plaid blanket scarves that were all over the blogs a couple years ago, as well as the filmy, printed scarves styled as the focal point of an outfit.
But scarves are most certainly being worn as an appropriate outerwear accessory, and go big or go home is the motto for scarves in 2018. I’m seeing a lot of longer, thicker scarves with the big fringe on the fashion-forward blogs I follow.
How to Wear Scarves for 2018
I found this cozy blanket scarf at Anthropologie, and I fell in love with this dark orange color for fall. It’s incredibly soft and thick and very warm. (HINT: choose the Pick Up In Store option to avoid shipping fees.)
This is the perfect scarf to throw on if you’re going to an outdoor football game or festival type of event on a cold day because it’s as practical as it is pretty. In fact, I plan to wear it tomorrow to my son’s college homecoming game. He’s in the marching band, and it will be his last performance that we get to see this fall.
My vest is one of the J.Crew excursion vests that were popular for so long. They didn’t bring them back this year, but the J.Crew Factory version is similar, and just $39.50 right now.
I actually have that one in the green, and while it’s not quite as thick as my black one and is lacking some of the extra details that makes this one really pretty, it’s a good solid choice for a basic quilted vest if you need one.
I also wanted to show this outfit with my leather jacket for a more urban vibe.
My leather jacket is old, but I linked up a few similar styles in the shopping widget at the end of this post. This is what I’d wear if I were going to be walking around downtown Philly for the day, or if we were going out to eat at an outdoor venue.
These AG legging ankle jeans probably need no introduction. They’re my go-to, absolute all-time favorite jeans. I don’t care if “they say” low rise skinnies are on their way out; you can bury me in these jeans.
These block heel booties are a great under-$100 buy, if you’re looking to add a pair of casual ankle boots to your closet. They also come in a gorgeous cognac which is calling my name.
They’re comfortable right out of the box, and this lower shaft is perfect for pairing with ankle skinny jeans, but I agree with the Nordstrom website — you’ll want to size up a half-size if ordering.
Finally, this snakeskin embossed bucket bag has been on constant repeat lately. I’ve been living in grey and black and cool neutrals, and it always goes, plus it makes such a great statement. I love that it’s different than anything else I’m seeing out there right now.
I hope this helps answer the question, are scarves in style for 2018?
If you’re not sure about wearing a scarf quite this big and bulky, that’s totally understandable. It is a lot of scarf! I rounded up some other on-trend options below.
scarf // similar sweater (oatmeal) // jeans (35% off!) // booties // (size up half) // quilted vest (TTS; I have a small) // similar leather jacket (I take a medium in this brand) // bucket bag // earrings // photo credit: Alison Cornell
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