Oversized print scarf 3 ways – bib, shawl, and double loop

horsebit autumn scarf1

U.O. scarf (similar in chain print but smaller, 30% off w/ FAF), H&M; blazer,  LOFT pleat front blouse
J.Crew wool cafe capris ($37.50 w/ SHOPNOW for orders over $150), shrunken and legs slimmed

I don’t often make it across the river to Cambridge, but somehow wound up at the Urban Outfitters bargain basement after playing tour guide for friends. While they busied themselves trying on triple-markdown cat sweaters, I spotted this bright scarf out of the corner of my eye. I’m a sucker for fiery fall foliage colors, and with the addition of horsebit buckles and jewel print – I’m sold. At 53″ x 53″, though, it definitely spans larger than any other scarf I own. Here are some ways that I’ve been experimenting around with it.

First up above is my personal favorite for showing off scarves with nice pattern in the corners. Fold it in half diagonally into a triangle, and cross the two ends behind your neck so you have a “bib” of sorts. Pull the two ends down in the front and tuck loosely behind the bib. The scarf here pretty much serves as a printed blouse, so you can simply layer a plain, comfy tee underneath.
horsebit autumn scarf2
For a cozy afternoon at the coffee shop, a large scarf can serve as a shawl. If you move around a lot, you can secure it in place with a vintage brooch.
horsebit autumn scarf3Below: Ann Taylor Lara pumps c/o, now on sale with an extra 40% off in 2 color combos. For anyone looking for shoe inserts, Stiletto Hardware (see my old review) is offering 20% off all items with code XP20 until November 2nd. I use the ball of foot cushions for shoes that have stretched out, and love the back of heel cushions (sometimes stack 2 on top of each other) to keep shoes from digging into my ankles.
horsebit autumn scarf4
For this last style, fold the scarf diagonally into a triangle then fold/roll once more into a thinner tube. Wrap it into two loops around your neck and secure the ends in a tiny knot. This style is good for showing off the center diagonal section of printed scarves. My favorite part of this print is in the corners, which were all unfortunately concealed here. I’ll have to try this fold with solids or smaller prints in the future.
horsebit autumn scarf

Bib, shawl, or double loop – which way was your favorite?

65 thoughts on “Oversized print scarf 3 ways – bib, shawl, and double loop

  • Alana @ The Good Girl Gone Blog October 29, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Gorgeous, Jean! So fun running into you and meeting your boyfriend!

  • Angela October 29, 2013 at 12:20 am

    This post was so helpful! My friend bought me a similar scarf, and I was at a loss for how to style it. Thank you, Jean!

  • Petite-ish October 29, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Great find! I have dug so many goodies out of that bargain basement. You'll have to give me a shout the next time you're shopping in Cambridge 🙂

  • J-ezzy October 29, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Love it all, the double loop looks great!!

  • Ella Pretty Blog October 29, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I loved it as a shawl – it looks like it could be from Hermes!

  • Anna October 29, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Wow, I love the colors in these photos! I'm a sucker for anything autumn as well.

  • The Internet and The Unicorn October 29, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I love the color tone of these photographs. Just wondering, are those pink leaves on the trees? You look so pretty in these photos! Best line of this post is " trying on triple-markdown cat sweaters". I chuckled at that line because that is so on point with UO.


  • The Internet and The Unicorn October 29, 2013 at 12:39 am

    One more question. I just read your older review of the insoles. I have uneven sized feet. 6.5 fits one foot perfectly, the other, it is just a tad too big. Not overly so that the shoe goes floppity flop, but just enough that if i am not careful my foot slips out of the shoe. According to your review and your previous reader advice, it sounds like using a ball of foot cushion should resolve this problem, and the slender ball of foot one is best. I just wanted to revisit this and see if you had any additional advice on the slender ball of foot cushion vs regular ball of foot cushion – before I proceed to make the purchase. Thank you again!


  • Jean October 29, 2013 at 12:43 am

    If I remember correctly, the slender ball of foot cushion is just a small egg shape whereas the regular ball of foot cushion is larger, and covers most of the ball of foot area. It would depend on just how much room you have left in a shoe. I used to buy shoes that are too big but have resolved not to any longer…since then I've only used the slender ball of foot after leather shoes stretch out a little, b/c the full one made my shoes too snug.

  • Jessica October 29, 2013 at 12:54 am

    About the wool cafe capris — by "shrunken" do you mean you washed them (hot water?) instead of dry cleaning? Or how did you go about treating them before slimming the legs? Thanks!

    I just found this blog and as a 5'0" grad student who gets mistaken for an undergrad (or worse), I'm really inspired!

  • kileen valenzuela October 29, 2013 at 12:59 am

    i love this bright look on you! the scarf is a great find and i love how you styled it. these fall foliage pictures are amazing!

  • Jean October 29, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Hi Jessica, I wrote about my shrinking experience here and noted that I don't recommend anyone try it with wool items that they care about: http://www.extrapetite.com/2012/05/floral-fuschia-shrinking-jcrew-cafe.html Washing and drying in the machine did make the wool material of these pants lose their luster – if I had the option to do it over again I'd take them to a tailor and not try to save a few $!

  • The Internet and The Unicorn October 29, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Gotcha. That makes sense. Thank you for the very helpful feedback! Looks like I will be making a purchase on these insoles. There are a few pair of heels I couldn't wear because of the size issues and hopefully these insoles will help resolve that.


  • Le monde des petites October 29, 2013 at 3:47 am

    So beautiful pics!!!! Love your pics and your outfit!
    And always love the way you tight your scarf! So nice!!!


    Le monde des petites

  • Hayattan Payetler October 29, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Amazing pix

  • esosandraUTD October 29, 2013 at 4:45 am

    This is a lovely use of scarf,love it

  • Dressed with soul October 29, 2013 at 5:45 am

    For me it´s the same, I own many such kind of scarfs even from Hermès and now I learned how to style them in a perfect way. Thank you so much <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  • Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) October 29, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Great way to style a scarf, you look gorgeous


  • Elisabeth October 29, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Wow, what a beautiful outfit! I would wear it all!

    E from Helsinki

  • Lynney October 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful so colorful pictures. It makes Fall look like Spring!

  • Lydia Chew October 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Love the pink pants.. and the scarf is just gorgeous!
    And I love all styles 🙂


  • Anonymous October 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Lovely pictures! I've just discovered your blog, and although I'm not petite (I'm 5'9"), I'll certainly follow you for style inspirations! Cambridge has so much good stuff; I hope you can make it back here soon!

  • Always Maylee October 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Such beautiful colors in these photos! Love the pretty fall leaves in the background. Gorgeous scarf too, love it styled all 3 ways!

    xo, Yi-chia

  • Anonymous October 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    the xp20 seems to be faulty. I applied it to a pair of inserts, then changed my mind and wanted to add another pair. when i went back to apply the code to the actual pair of inserts I wanted, it said that xp20 is not a valid code. i tried it from my work computer and home computer. their website seems faulty…

  • Anonymous October 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

    jean, lovely scarf! if i may, how much was there and were there a lot left? thank you!

  • Kellyinthecity October 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! And I love the scard! 🙂 Gorg!



  • Kelly (Stiletto Hardware) October 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hi there! Try entering the code with all caps "XP20". This should solve your problem. Please message back if you are still experiencing problems.
    Stiletto Hardware

  • Chloe S October 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Love this! Very helpful!

    Do you plan on updating the "How To Look Older" post soon? It seems to remain one of your most popular posts. Besides being old, though, it is clear that you have learned many tricks since then. I would love it if you would add more information!

  • charactersandcarryons October 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Gorgeous photos, not sure if your pants are the best fit though.

    Either way, I really love your attention to detail & tips about saavy shopping & style!


  • Lam Lam October 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Love the way you wear your scarf <3 and those shoes are to die for!!


  • Jessica October 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the reply!

  • Hannah October 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  • Clare October 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I love the switching of the looks. Way to change it up like that, definitely can work for whatever mood I'm in. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Understated Classics

  • B Trendy October 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Wow!!!! So beautiful pictures!!!! I really love your outfit!!! It´s so feminine…. I like how you mix pink and white!!! The key is the scarf!!! As usually…. I love it!!! Btw, may I ask for anything inspirational for very cold days? thanks!!!



  • Anonymous October 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Love the scarf ideas, Jean! Thank you 🙂

  • Montréalaise October 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I've been reading your blog for some time now because I love your fashion sense and I've learned a lot about styling petite figures (I'm 5' 0" tall) but this is the first time I've commented. Thank you so much for ideas on styling a scarf – I have several in my drawer but they mainly just sit there because I don't know how to style them. I would love to see other ideas on styling different sizes and shapes of scarves.

  • Laura October 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    That scarf is fabulous! Love all the rich pinks, oranges, reds, and yellows in these photos.

  • Anonymous October 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Would this be office appropriate? Or more like brunch.

  • Olyvia October 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I just came home from work with the back of my heels hurting from the rubbing of my new suede flats. Your Stiletto Hardware discount code came just in time! Yay! I'm heading over there to order some more heel cushions. And your photos are so pretty! Love how your outfit looks perfect with the pink and orange fall foliage in the background. My favorite look is the bib!

  • kim October 30, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Jean, I love the colors! Love the Fall spirit, and love your blog.

  • AlexisB October 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

    So lovely! My favorite is the double loop. Also, thank you. I have a beautiful but huge chiffon scarf I didn't know what to do with. The double loop is perfect for this scarf. Btw, my scarf is slightly rectangle shape and double loop works well for it.

  • Anonymous October 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    hi Jean, You look so lovely in this post. I'm very inspired by your blog. Do you find loft petite skinny jeans decent? in terms of fit, comfort and color of wash. Can you recommend a few from their site? I am overwhelmed by their denim selection, there are so many on the site . Thanks Jean

  • Plum Pretty Sugar October 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Oh my! Love, love all this beauty, the leaves and your scarf!



  • Jean October 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you! I believe it was $20 and unfortunately I didn't see any left at the Harvard Square store : /

  • Jean October 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Chloe, I hadn't thought about doing so but am more than happy to consider any specific requests! I try to share more of what I learn here and there within different posts. Let me know what it is you'd be interested in seeing more of!

  • Maggie Adofo October 31, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I really love how the scarf compliments the pants. 🙂

    Maggie A

  • Anonymous October 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hi the Internet and the Unicorn and Jean,
    Can you give us a link of that insole review here? I am catching up on the old blog posting and haven't seen the review posting yet. Thank you!

  • Ann October 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I love how in the last few posts, you try to coordinate the background with your outfits– it definitely makes the pictures much more visually appealing and fun!

    And I've always thought fall and winter clothes should be darker and more neutral colored, but this outfit proved me wrong, and it definitely works!

  • Sonia Sly October 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Love the photos and your outfit! I'm a fellow petite (also under 5ft!…4'11.5").

  • Gigi Katz October 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    love the shoes! and the leaves behind you are stunning. xx. gigi. http://www.gigikkitchen.com

  • Jean November 1, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Yes, I do and my friends own a few pairs that I've tried on. It depends on what type of fit you're most comfortable with and how snug you like your denim. I personally prefer very skinny so their "Modern Super Skinny" cut (http://www.loft.com/LOFT-DFG-petite-modern-super-skinny-fit/cat810050?supCat=catl00005&loc;=petitedenimguidefit&icid;=petitedenimguidefit_modernsuperskinny) in a dark blue or black might be my pick. My friend finds the modern skinny to be more comfortable, but it fits looser for me in the bum. It doesn't hurt to order a few different styles during one of their big sales to try on, because I agree it's overwhelming to choose from just based on looking at the site photos! Good luck : )

  • Jean November 1, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I wouldn't wear such bright colors in a more conservative office or out with clients, but my group is pretty business casual so I did wear it to work.

  • Jean November 1, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Thank you for taking the time to say "hello"! For more scarf ideas, have you checked out Wendyslookbook's scarf video on YouTube? So many ideas to choose from : )

  • Jean November 1, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Thank you, and I certainly hope to! It's gorgeous there with so much culture. And oh yea, lobster sandwiches at Alive n Kickin ; )

  • The_Leather_Skirt_Blog November 1, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Your scarf is gorgeous!!! Ann Taylor does make the best pair of classy heels! Own a couple of pair already. Love'em!

  • Anonymous November 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    today is 11/1 and XP20 (in caps) does not work. Did it expire already? Jean said it was valid until 11/2.

  • Kelly (Stiletto Hardware) November 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Hi, The code should still be valid! Try applying the code first before adding the product to your cart. Also, you will need to apply the code to each item you purchase. You may also try deleting your cache and browsing history or use a different browser. Please let me know if this is still not working for you and I can assist you further. Feel free to email me at info @stilettohardware dot com.

    Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous November 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Omg, gorgeous, GORGEOUS pics.. what a perfect backdrop as well – those leaves are stunning! I commend the photographer (and the subject!) : )

  • More Style Than Fashion November 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Lovely outfit! The colors, the combination. Great style 😀

  • Elle November 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    autumn in your town is so beautiful. Here in Utah, it is so short! Beautiful photos–props to both the model and the photographer. 🙂

  • Linda N. November 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    The colors are gorgeous!

  • Mady T. November 9, 2013 at 6:34 am

    love the outfit! the pants are so cute!



  • Anonymous November 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I love the orange and magenta color pairing! I make nature inspired jewelry with those colors too! http://www.kblossoms.etsy.com

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