Retro is the new black, and here’s how to rock a headscarf with the likes of the 50s and 60s pinup ladies.
Was it Audrey Hepburn’s classy yet effortless look in the 50s classic film, Roman Holiday, that started it all? Or was it Kendall Jenner strolling down the streets of Milan with a super chic scarf-as-headband? It’s tough to conclude who and when it all started with, but the result is clear.
The quintessential headscarf that used to dominate in the 50s and 60s is back. And it’s here to stay.
Timeless, versatile and classic, scarves have been an easy staple of women’s fashion, doing double duty as functional items (keeping us warm or holding our hair back) and stylish accessories (think wristbands, kerchiefs and handbag accents).
The devil is in the details, and we are making it our mission to show you how adding one more item to your outfit can make a huge difference.
Take a trip down memory lane with us to check out three vintage headscarf looks that never go out of style.
The Top Knot Wrap
What we love about the top knot wrap is that it’s a bold statement look that makes you look oh-so-chic.
For a style that’s equally perfect on short and long hair, you don’t have to limit yourself to one type of knot.
Suitable for a romantic evening look, the timeless scarf knot uses a rectangular chiffon scarf folded into a long strip and wrapped around the head. We like to accent and secure the knot with a brooch for a creative, polished finish.
With a headscarf like this, get ready to leave your hair flowing for a carefree take or channel a hippie-inspired vibe with your strands tucked under.
This look is not only fashionable but also functional. Who would have known that this style would be eternalised by Hollywood diva, Audrey Hepburn?
This headwrap look became a go-to for the upper-class ladies to protect a fresh hairdo, or less glamorously, to hide a bad hair day.
Just fold any scarf of your liking into a neat triangle from opposite ends and place it on the head with the fold framing your face. Let the excess ends fall and tie it around the neck to protect your hairstyle and add vogue to your outfit.
Don’t be afraid to go bold. For ladies with darker hair colour, a light scarf with striking patterns is sure to be a head-turner. If you have lighter-coloured hair, try a darker tone for a scarf, or an eye-catching multi-hued one.
Baz Lurhman's movie adaption of The Great Gatsby transported viewers back to the 1920s, where scarves were slim and long, and knotted around the neck or head as a chic accessory to pageboy bob haircuts.
This complimented the fashion trend of that era; bringing attention to the graceful curve of your neck and creating an illusion of a streamlined waist.
As vintage fashion makes its comeback as all things retro take centre stage once more, we cannot neglect The Skinny.
This style features a long chiffon scarf knotted at the back of the head for a sleek fashion statement. Like a thin headband, this method is a classy complement for a neat up-do, keeping hair neatly away from the face.