How to Style a Scarf as a Vest in One Step

Want an extra layer but a sweater is too much?  Wear your cozy scarf as a vest and make it happen in just one step. 

Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares how to style a scarf as vest this winter season | navy check scarf, navy shirt dress, cognac leather chelsea boots

c/o long sleeve button front shirt dress | c/o oversized navy check scarf | c/o brown leather belt | c/o cognac leather Chelsea boots | similar braided pouch clutch

Okay, let me state the obvious. This look is a little Christmas-y. I know, I know. While I did post the look via Instagram around the time I had planned to, the blog post didn’t happen. Christmas festivities did. And while I would have loved to have the blog post go live as planned, I’m learning to be okay with things not going exactly as planned due to enjoying life…especially the holiday season!

Now you may be saying, I don’t think it’s that Christmas and if so, forget what I said. Let’s move on! (and now I‘ totally realizing it’d be great for Valentine’s Day – so let’s focus on that!)

This look is actually one of my recent favorites and what I wore several times in late December/early January. It’s comfortable, suuuuuper cozy, and very cute! Plus it is that perfect totally put together but still kind of casual look allows it to work for so many different occasions. 

While the shirt dress is absolutely fabulous and a piece you can wear for all seasons, the scarf is the real MVP of this look. Am I right? So let’s talk about it…

Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares how to style a scarf as vest this winter season #styletip #scarfvest #winterstyle
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares how to style a scarf as vest this winter season | navy check scarf, navy shirt dress, cognac leather chelsea boots
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares how to style a scarf as vest this winter season #styletip #scarfvest #winterstyle

How to Style a Scarf as a Vest in one easy step

Now, we could technically say it’s two/three steps but let’s not get technical! 

Fold your scarf in half – hotdog style 

Drape around your neck, over your shoulders 

Cinch at the waist with a belt – you need a belt that is of average width. A thin belt will get lost in the coziness of the scarf and a thick belt will take over far too much. Also, it does not need to be a waist specific belt – I am wearing a regular belt that I wear with jeans and corduroys

Now play around a bit! I moved the side edges of the scarf around a bit to cover my love handles (don’t love those) and then pulled out a bit at the top (around my shoulders) so it allowed for more movement/comfort. 

That’s it! Now you have a cozy new vest and a completely different look!

Navy Check Oversized Scarf | Winter Accessories | Louella Reese
Winter Dresses | Navy Shirtdress, Midi Dress, Navy Blanket Scarf, BOTTEGA VENETA dupe #dupes #winterdresses #winterstyle
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese shares how to style a scarf as a vest this winter season plus a great BOTTEGA VENETA pouch dupe

c/o long sleeve button front shirt dress | c/o oversized navy check scarf | c/o brown leather belt | c/o cognac leather Chelsea boots | similar braided pouch clutch

Will you be giving the scarf vest a try? What’s your favorite way to style a scarf in the winter season?

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14 Comments

  1. Annaliese wrote:

    How chic is this! I was planning to wear a blanket scarf this weekend and I might try it this way!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    Posted 1.24.20 Reply
    • Aw thanks gal!! Yes you should – totally tag me if you share – I would love to see!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.24.20 Reply
  2. Rachel wrote:

    This is GENIUS! I love that the scarf gives a vest-y feel and keeps your shoulders warm. I’ll have to give this a try once the temperatures in Boston warm up a bit!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    Posted 1.24.20 Reply
    • Thank you so much gal! So glad you think so and that you’re going to give it a try. Cannot wait to see you style it!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.24.20 Reply
  3. cate wrote:

    Totally in love with this look! So cozy and autumny!

    Cate ღ 35mm in Style | Photography + Blogging

    Posted 1.26.20 Reply
  4. Kelsey wrote:

    I love this look so much!
    Xo, Kelsey
    http://www.petiteinherheels.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.26.20 Reply
  5. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    This is such a great styling idea x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 1.26.20 Reply
  6. Morgan wrote:

    What a creative way to add a layer! Might need to use this trick for our trip next week!

    -Morgan
    The HER Chronicles [] http://theherchronicles.com

    Posted 1.27.20 Reply
  7. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    This is such a chic look, lady! LOVE how you styled this. Definitely works for Valentine’s Day!

    Dana | The Champagne Edit 

    Posted 1.27.20 Reply