Need to individualize your look? Head scarves have it covered
Use your head when wearing this accessory.
Colorful scarves worn in your hair can take an outfit to the next level. There are so many options that a woman can find one that fits her lifestyle, experts say. They also can be perfect for a bad hair day or a chance to incorporate a nostalgic look to your sense of style.
“Fashion has become very retro, personal and creative,” says Michelle Baldwin, founder and designer of Nepali by TDM, a women's accessories line. “Head scarves are another way to express oneself while adding a pop of color to any outfit. The twists, knots, color and style of head scarves add fun and interest to summer fashion.”
She says it's easiest to twist a head scarf on when wearing a basic outfit. It certainly changes the look and adds interest to solids and neutrals. A head scarf is an accessory and can be used to complement what you are wearing. Just as patterns are mixed in contemporary style, color and patterns can be mixed with head scarves and outfits.
“My favorite way to wear a head scarf is to first start with a messy bun,” Baldwin says. “The head scarf then is twisted, wrapped under the bun and brought forward to the top as in a headband style. The scarf is to complement the hairstyle; whatever way is chosen to wear the headband, at least a peak of the hair should be showing.”
If you want to wear your hair down, tying the scarf in a headband is the way to go. It's best to experiment to see which style looks best on you.
Scarves make a wardrobe more versatile and can be worn all year long, depending on the material. In summer, silks and chiffons are the fabric of choice, while, during the colder months, a cashmere or wool option is fashionable and will help keep your head warm.
Head scarves are an essential part of Tahisha Crawford's wardrobe. She wore a vintage silk Christian Dior scarf with a vintage Henri Bendel blazer and vintage wide-leg trousers to a recent meeting with members of the Pittsburgh fashion community.
“I am really big into accessories,” says Crawford, of Avalon, an accessories designer and a personal wardrobe stylist and blogger. “This look was inspired by the 1970s. I decide on a scarf based on the type of look I want. I just think a head scarf pulls a look together. And I love vintage, and head scarves have a vintage feel to them.”
Boho chic is an important trend, and the head wrap is an important component to capturing the essence of the trend, says Stephen Cirona, senior vice president of women's sportswear for Tommy Bahama.
It looks great worn on the beach with a swimsuit or cover-up, makes a casual day look with jeans and a linen tank top look finished, and adds sexy drama to an evening look, especially a long knit dress.
He suggests wrapping a scarf by covering the top of the head and then wrapping the two ends once or twice around the temple, depending upon the length of the scarf, tying the scarf in a simple knot at the nape of the neck and letting the tails hang behind the head or bringing them forward to one side.
“The beauty of this accessory is that the choice is up to the individual,” he says. “Hawaiian prints are trending and look great worn on the beach.”
He also suggests graphic stripes and color-blocked patterns with casual sportswear, and solid colors mixed with some shine — woven metallic threads or applied sequins — with long, easy dresses for “the perfect evening look.”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7889.
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