FLAIR APPARENT: Ten ways to wear a scarf

If I’m feeling lazy, my go-to hair accessory is a scarf. Scarves are so versatile and underrated, they can pull a look together, provide a point of interest, and hide a bad hair day.

There are probably hundreds of ways to wear scarves on your head, but here are ten of my favourite ways.

The simple big, centred bow


1.The simple big, centred bow. This look works especially well with a long, wide scarf that is made from a slightly stiffer fabric. Just tie a bow and add a few bobby pins to secure it in.

The 1940’s Rosie the Riveter scarf.

2.The 1940’s Rosie the Riveter scarf. You’ll need a large square scarf for this look. Fold it diagonally, turn your head upside down and place the long straight part of the triangle against the nape of your neck and secure with a few pins. When your head is upright again, gently pull the top of the triangle over the centre of your head and secure with a bobby pin. Hold the corners on either side of your head and bring them to the centre and tie a knot. Add more bobby pins to secure the whole scarf on your head.

Scarf Ball or Rosette

3.Scarf Ball or Rosette. This works best with a gauzy, fine scarf that is stiff enough to hold it’s shape. Form the scarf into a ball or a rosette shape and pin it on to the side of your head using bobby pins. You might want to use a hair elastic to tie the scarf together before securing it onto your hair.

Scarf and flower

4.Scarf and flower. Sometimes a scarf just isn’t enough. Adding a flower or a brooch can really add an extra bit of fabulousness to your scarf looks.


The padded scarf

5.The padded scarf. I buy hair donut paddings and cut them into lengths that I use both in my hair and as padding for scarves when I want a fuller look.


6.Scarf-as-hat. This requires a scarf in a stiff fabric, it won’t work with floppy, soft textiles. Shape the scarf as you desire (I like to take inspiration from 1940’s hats) and then bobby pin it onto your head.

The scarf-belt as hair accessory

7.The scarf-belt as hair accessory. I do love a matching scarf and outfit, so if the clothes I’m wearing come with a fabric belt then I will almost always wear it in my hair.

The Housewife scarf

8.The Housewife scarf. An oldie but a goodie. Perfect for bad hair days and wet weather. Large square scarves work best for this look.

Wired scarf

9.Wired Scarf. If you have a very long scarf you can add wire to the edges of it by gluing the wire on and rolling the fabric over the wire. When dry you can shape the scarf however you want. I’ve created some fabulous sculptural shapes by doing this.

The 1920’s

10.The 1920’s scarf. You’ll need a long, thin scarf for this look. Tie the scarf like a headband and form a knot on one side of your neck. Leave the tied lengths hanging in front.

As always, have fun with it!

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