This summer I’m seriously craving some colour and a fresh brighter edge for my sunshine ’17 wardrobe. The easiest and cheapest way for anyone updating their summer look is to start off with the accessories. So amongst the costume jewellery, the Sunglass collection and the
kiss me quick summer hats, I’m making a bee line for the one accessory that always has a place in my heart……the scarf. Previous summers I’ve casually thrown a long beach scarf around my shoulders, or tied a bandana around my neck, then there is the long fringed skinny scarf ready for some boho summer festival action a la Kate Moss! But this is the year that I’m running off into the sunset with the square scarf wrapped and knotted around my head!
The Style History
The head scarf has graced the sun-kissed summer locks of many beauties over the decades. Let’s delve into some style history to see the beauts who wore it so well.
Hollywood Glamor in the 1920’s saw the scarf wrapped up into turban style. Big screen beauties like Louise Brooks wore the turban style wrap to perfection.
Above: Beauties of the 20’s including Louise Brooks &Veronica Lake
C’est fantastique in the 1930’s with the incredibly chic and trailblazing French designer, Coco Chanel, wearing her knotted scarf worn in a band as she is photographed here with her lover, Serge Lifar (one of he greatest ballet dancers of the 20th Century). Now that is what you call a power couple of the Arts!
The wartime years of the 1940’s saw the WOW’s (Women Ordnance Workers) identifying themselves by wearing red scarves around their heads. The Men went off to fight in the trenches whilst the women were at home supporting the war effort. They left the domestic duties at home and rolled up their sleeves taking over the workforce and factories. The WOW’s wore their headscarves wrapped up like turbans, so as to protect the women’s hair from getting caught in heavy machinery, during operating. They looked and indeed were, bloody incredible!
The 1950’s saw women entering a time of the ‘shampoo and set’, where the trend would have their hair coiffed and set once a week. To preserve and protect their locks, they would adorn a head scarf tied at the chin during rain and humidity. Who doesn’t recall their beloved childhood memories of their Grandmother sporting this look. The Queen, Elizabeth II, has been a longstanding fan of the headscarf tied at the chin.
Clockwise from top left: Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, Grace Kelly, Jane Fonda & Audrey Hepburn
The underground Beatnik beauts showcased the bandit style head scarf with ease. Bombshells like Bridgett Bardot of the 1960’s would wear the scarf formed into a wide band worn on the hair-line.
Above: Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy
The hippy late 60’s and 1970’s brought along the skinny scarf worn around the head and adorning the long free-flowing locks of the summer of love.
Clockwise from top left: Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy and Goldie Hawn
*All above images collected and pinned from Pinterest
The Style Icon
In 1942, the artists Howard Millee was commissioned by Westinghouse Companys War Production Co-ordinating Committee to create a series of posters to support the war effort. He produced the infamous and mighty ‘We Can Do It’ image with a woman wearing a fabulous red polka dot head scarf, showcasing her strength and determination. The poster was only shown for a 2 week period to boost morale, then taken down and stored for four decades. In the 1980’s it was unearthed and branded as a symbol of female empowerment. The woman was nicknamed Rosie the Riveter and she has become an iconic image in history.
Getting your hands on a head scarf
I reckon its well worth checking out local Vintage and charity shops for beautiful silk squares and scarves. Why buy a fast fashion polyester square scarf from a High Street giant when you can go on the hunt for a real silk vintage beauty that supports slow fashion at the same cost? Silk is much better for your hair and looks fantastically authentic to the style. Just secure it would some bobby pins in place. I’ve picked up some beautiful silk squares in the past from vintage shows and shops.
But if you are after a relaxed beachy summer vibe then take a peek at some mighty fab material squares that I’ve discovered at Lush Canada and Lush UK. They have an amazing collection of fabric squares called Knot-Wraps, recycled from pop bottles nonetheless, for a lovely little bang-on price point. The fabric squares initially designed as gift wrap are a brilliant alternative to paper and all that sticking tape getting stuck around your bloody fingers before it even comes close to the paper! Based on the traditional Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric, called Furoshiki, they can be re-used. Just one knot-wrap is estimated “about 22 times better for the environment than a box with paper, ribbon and threaded paper” according to Lush ethical buyer, Maria Feast. The gold star goes to these little wraps helping support the organizations: Peace and Cotton, Re-wrap and Khadi Papers, “helping to support communities in places like India where employees can earn a fair wage for the skilled work they do”. Check out more about wrappers delight at Lush here and here.
The knot-wrap’s bright vibrant colours look stunning folded up and rolled into exquisite head scarf action. This is the just the little flash of colour I’m looking for to brighten up my contemporary summer classics of white, grey or black tees and tanks teamed up with denim skirts and shorts. A brilliant little summer wardrobe update without digging too deep into the budget.
Lush Designs clockwise from top left: Toucan, Mixed Fruit, Poppy and Jungle nights
How I wear mine #OOTD
This is how I’m wearing my summer headscarf at the moment.
As always, I truly am your real-life style blogger. There is definitely no glam snapped here in these photos but there is always plenty of ‘real’, just how we like it! Here’s some authentic headscarf summer style with what I wore to work last week along with a smile and a lunch break coffee. Done and dusted!
Wearing: Gap white essentials tee, Levis A line denim button thru skirt, Silver Cambridge Satchel co. bag, RayBan aviators & Birkenstock madrid in white & Lush Knot-wrap in ‘crossing the stream’ design.
Wearing: Topshop utility shaker, Topshop bad habits tee, Rayban aviators, Aritzia The Castings denim, Topshop pink athletic socks, Adidas Miss Stan smith trainers & H&M cotton scarf from last summer.
A nifty little head scarf, ticks all my style boxes at the moment because;
- The head scarf can be worn in oh so so many ways. It’s good to dabble in something different every so often. Always gently push those comfort and style boundaries. You never know what you may discover about yourself. Never be afraid to go against the grain.
- The headscarf is cheap as bloody chips. This fashion economists dream. My visa card is safe for the next
few weekslittle while!
- Rosie the Riveter’s feminist strength seems very apt in these current global times. Tap into your inner Rosie.
- It’s that happy pop of colour to the simple summer tee and denim combo. Done and dusted.
- A little vintage and boho inspo never harmed anyone. Always look back to your style icons of yesteryear for epic inspiration.
- It goes hand in hand with a life saving bucket full of dry shampoo and my tousled curls. So basically that’s my Monday, Tuesday and most probably, my Wednesday too! – I actually do shower daily, but sometimes I just can’t be bloody arsed to go through the extra steps and minutes of washing and conditioning my hair #lazyarse and besides I’m always in a morning rush making my kids lunch boxes!
- I can dream of nailing that Grace Kelly essence, in reality though, I’m leaning towards the likelihood of cleaning up beer spills like the lovely Hilda Ogden. Except for me it’s not the Rovers Return Pub in Coronation Street….. its my kitchen counter on a Friday night!
Who’s joining me on the head scarf front this Summer? Keep an eye on my instagram feed as there will be many more looks of summer headscarf style heading your way!
Thanks for reading