In my tween years there were two things I knew: I wish I had a retainer (weird I know - this is pre having braces and thinking the retainers that fit the roof of your mouth were super cool) and I wish I had a blanket or something else I needed to sleep with. I blame the Parent Trap and the American Lindsay Lohan character's affection for the stuffed bunny she slept with. Alas, I never had a favorite blankie or stuffed animal I needed to be with me at all times...once my parents took away my pacifiers (so rude - they said they "got left in Colorado") I was on my own. As an adult I still think about this childhood bond with inanimate objects when I see one of my favorite little boy taking a big silk blanket with him everywhere and my fave little girl always needing her stuffed Mini Mouse.
I figure that always having Blue Moonbeam by my side takes care of the would-be stuffed animal relationship - but if it's not too late, I'd like to adopt a blanket dependency. Old Navy is making this goal pretty attainable with all their Folkloric pieces like ponchos, wraps, and oversized scarfs. Each piece is like wearing a socially acceptable blanket and I am into it. So much so that I wanted to share two looks (both of which I wore while in Kansas City last weekend) that feature some of my most recent "blanket-like" purchases.
Look One: behold the Poncho Wrap. Not to be confused with the Open-Front Poncho that has arm holes and is equally wearable, this piece drapes over your shoulders and is a true “wrap.” I order most all my Old Navy things online and I was a curious about what the wool-blend textile would feel like. Happy to let you all know that it’s not itchy, flimsy, or fleece-like – it’s nice and soft, you can see a small weave (which I like), and it has a good medium-weight that’s not too heavy. I’m crazy about the southwestern pattern and love the colors used with the black and brown (who knew that burnt orange looked so great with pale periwinkle?). The blanket stitched border is the perfect final touch…and really, this has been such a fun layer to throw with jeans (wearing my Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinnies here!) . Picturing it looking equally great over a simple black dress.
Look Two: what makes a good scarf? To me, it’s the size. More fabric is more better in this situation. This sounds like common knowledge but there has been more than one time I’ve purchased a scarf without scrutinizing the size and when I got to wear it I can’t even wrap it around my neck once…then I cry. Things get so melodramatic when it comes to accessorizing, no? Basically, bigger is better when it comes to scarves. Take the beautiful Flannel Blanket Scarf I have on here – she looks good worn open around the neck, wrapped up tight, or draped around the shoulders. Similar to my poncho, I was a little nervous about what the fabric of the scarf would be like in person but again, my expectations were surpassed. It’s lightweight (almost on the thin side) but the flannel weave makes it super soft and cozy. The raw edges are my favorite part. My second favorite part is that the color combination makes it go with just about everything. It just so happens to perfectly match my Varsity V-Neck Sweater…which I also got in the grey and white color combination.
If you’re feeling the Folkloric look that’s on-trend for fall, make sure you check out this selection of pieces from Old Navy!