Wednesday Help with Head Fashion? Scarf it up!

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Scarf it up! A little Charm for your Noggin

Our question today comes from "morethansalt" in Salem NJ, and she asks:
"I am a bald lady cancer warrior and can't afford a wig right now- my hair loss is permanent from radiation so I need to figure head fashion out. Show me how to tie a scarf with some flair?"

Scarves can make glamorous and dramatic head fashion and there are so many different options! Here are a few:

Oblong scarves can be tied at the side with the knot behind the ear. The dangling ends will soften your face.

Drape large scarves over your forehead and twist the ends into ropes. Wrap those ropes around your head and tie off in back for a seventies ethnic look.

Square scarves folded in half diagonally can be tied around the head with the knot placed almost anywhere. In the back it's a kerchief, on the side is bohemian and in front is a dramatic 50's style turban.

Use hair pieces with your scarves to add another element. Clip on bangs can be pinned behind the knot of that 50's style turban for some softness at the forehead. Other styles can benefit from a switch clipped at the back for a ponytail effect.

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A scarf is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, or near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors.

Ancient Rome is one of the first origins of the scarf, where it was not used to keep warm, but to keep clean. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as "sweat cloth," and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarfs, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women. Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarfs made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors. In later times scarfs were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th Century. The only difference in the soldiers' scarfs that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarfs whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarfs. By the middle of the 20th Century scarfs became one of the most essential and versatile clothing accessories for both men and women. In recent years, scarfs have experienced a revival.


Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950's nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.

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