How To Wear: Headscarves

Hey Ladies!

I love headscarves. They are the unsung heroes of bad hair days. Hats are cute, but headscarves are classy. There’s something timeless about them. Women have been pulling off this look for years and there’s definitely a reason why. They’re easy to wear, look super cute, and keep you from the age old ‘What am I going to do with my hair struggle.’

I went through and mapped out some of my favorite looks so you can have an idea of how to get started. Before we get into that, though, there are a few things we should discuss.

1. What kind of scarf can you use for this?

Honestly, you can make just about anything work, but there are two shapes of scarf that simplify the job: the square scarf and the rectangular scarf. They are used o create different looks so I recommend keeping one of each.

2. Does it matter if the scarf has tassels?

Not really. You can use scarves you already have, particularly for the rectangular scarf looks, but I prefer to tuck the tassels away if I use a scarf that has them. It gives your look a cleaner line. But, that’s totally up to you!

3. Does it matter if my hair is short?

Absolutely not! There are tons of styles that work for short hair. In fact, headscarf styles are perfect for shorter cuts because you can hide most of your hair in a cute, effortless look. Long haired ladies, don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered too. Headscarves work at any length!

So, now that we’ve covered the basics, lets take a look at how to style these scarves.

Square Scarves

The Headband

This might be the look for you if you’re trying to accessorize rather than hide your hair. This style can be paired with a sock bun for a dressier silhouette.

  1. Start with the square scarf unfolded.
  2. Fold in half to make a triangle.
  3. Fold the point of the triangle down to the bottom edge.
  4. Fold the scarf in half so you have a thin rectangle.
  5. Place the widest part of it against the back of your head and pull the ends forward.
  6. Tie the scarf in a double knot.
  7. Tuck in the ends.

 

The Turban

This look works really well if you need to hide most, if not all, of your hair. Tuck it up in this cute, vintage style and you’re ready to go. If you’re trying to achieve a softer look, pair with a skater dress and converse. For an edgier style, try this one with a leather jacket and boots.

  1. Start with the square scarf unfolded.
  2. Fold the scarf in half to form a triangle.
  3. Place the scarf against the back of your head so that the shorter point of the triangle drapes over the top of your head.
  4. Tie the two longer pieces together over the shorter one to hold it in place.
  5. Tuck the remaining front point back over the knot.
  6. Tie a second knot with the two long pieces holding the remaining front point out of sight.
  7. Tuck the ends in along with any excess fabric at the folds of the scarf.

Rectangular Scarves

The Rose

This style is a little bit more complicated, but if you’re really looking to hide your hair (I use this one when it’s rainy), it is definitely a good choice.

  1. Drape a rectangular scarf over your head.
  2. Scrunch the bottom of the scarf up until you can hold both sides like pigtails.
  3. Optional: twist each side into a tight coil.
  4. Wrap the ends around to the front of your head and tie in a knot.
  5. Twist one end tightly enough that it begins to coil in on itself. Wrap this end around itself until it forms a knot against your head.
  6. Tuck in any loose ends.
  7. Repeat steps 5 with the other end, wrapping it around the existing knot.
  8. Repeat step 6 with the second end piece.

The Rose 2: Alternate Ending

  1. Drape a rectangular scarf over your head.
  2. Scrunch the bottom of the scarf up until you can hold both sides like pigtails.
  3. Optional: twist each side into a tight coil.
  4. Wrap the ends around to the front of your head and tie into a knot slightly to the side.
  5. Twist one end in tightly so that it coils on itself forming a knot against your head.
  6. Twist the second end in on itself, independent of the first knot, so that it coils to form a second knot against your head.
  7. Tuck in any loose ends.

The Rose 3: Alternate Ending

  1. Drape a rectangular scarf over your head.
  2. Scrunch the bottom of the scarf up until you can hold both sides like pigtails.
  3. Optional: twist each side into a tight coil.
  4. Wrap the ends around to the front of your head and tie into a knot slightly to the side.
  5. Wrap the longer end around the shorter one so that you end up with one loose end.
  6. Tightly coil the end until it wraps in on itself forming one knot against your head.
  7. Tuck in any loose ends.

Rectangular scarves can also be tied around the head, similar to The Headband style, with the ends left down. This works best for ladies with longer hair as it helps to balance out the amount of fabric leftover. Shorter haired ladies, this look may not be for you as it has the potential to make you look juvenile rather than bohemian.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out my ‘Accessories’ board on Pinterest!  There are tons of ideas for all hair lengths and scarf types.

Found a style you like, but can’t figure out how to tie it yourself? Leave a picture in the comments and I’ll do my best to help!

Here’s to loving your look!

xoxo

M

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