Vintage Scarves & How to Wear Them

One of my favorite things to collect are vintage scarves. Not only are they just nice to look at, they’re one of the quickest and simplest ways to jazz up any outfit. Today, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite ways to wear these little beauties – they’re not just for your neck! In fact, vintage scarves can be found in so many different shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, that the possibilities are practically endless!

This first look is super easy to recreate and does a fantastic job of showing off the beautifully detailed border print on this 1970s square scarf. Simply fold it in half diagonally to make a triangle shape, drape it around your neck however loose or tight you’d like, and then knot it in the back. Voila! You’ve got yourself a Western style neckpiece.

The next look is another easy one but instead of Western vibes, this one has an almost nautical feel. To recreate this one, you’ll want to fold your square scarf diagonally again and then fold or roll it into a long, skinny strip. Wrap it around your neck, double knot it in the front, and there you have it!

Pair this next look with some cat-eye sunglasses and a classic red lip and you’re ready to hit the road in your Thunderbird convertible! Using a diagonally folded square scarf again, simply wrap it around your head and tie at your chin. Having a bad hair day? This is the absolute most glamorous way of fooling everyone that you’ve got flawless Marilyn Monroe curls hiding under there.

Another fun way to wear scarves on your head is to turn them into turbans or head wraps! This one is a little harder to execute but once you get the hang of it you’ll want to recreate it using different scarves every day of the week! I’m going to try and explain how to do this one as best as I can. Taking the long, flat side of your diagonally folded, now triangle-shaped scarf, you’re going to place that at the center of the back of your neck, pull the corners up to the top of your head, tie it in a knot, and then tuck in the excess fabric. If that made absolutely no sense (and it very well may not have), I found a short little video tutorial for a slightly different (but a lot easier) version here.

If you’ve got a bigger square scarf like this one, you can turn it into a sweet little shawl! It’ll keep you warm on these chillier Fall days and you’ll look lovely as well.

Okay, moving away from the square scarves now (they’re just so darn versatile)! Find yourself a long and skinny scarf and you can turn it into a headband like this one! All you have to do is wrap it tight around your head and then tie it at the base of your neck. Leave the tails long and loose like this or tie it in a bow, whatever suits your fancy!

Up next is a super trendy look right now – the skinny scarf! Wear it two ways, either wrapped once around your neck and left long, or tied in the style of the classic pussybow!

 

Breaking away from the headwear and neckwear variations, there are even more ways you can accessorize with a pretty little vintage scarf – tie it around your wrist, tie it around your ankle, or (one of my personal favorites) tie it around the strap of your purse! It’s such a fun way to add a little personality to an otherwise basic bag.

  

This isn’t even close to all the ways you can wear a vintage scarf, and they can even be used as things like wall hangings, table decoration, or gift wrapping! Again, these are just a few of my favorite ways to wear them. Which is your favorite? Leave me a comment here or tag @vintagetex in a photo of how you like to style your scarves so I can see! Thanks for reading guys, I’ll talk to you next week!