Fashion trends come and go, but perhaps one of the most enduring beauty accessories over the past few decades is the Italian silk scarf. Worn by such highly regarded and admired style icons like the sophisticated classic beauty Grace Kelly, the charming Audrey Hepburn, and the voluptuous and exotic Sophia Loren, the silk scarf is a timeless fashion accessory that has the versatility and power to make a bold statement through the art of style.
From the classic Thelma and Louise-style headscarf to bracelets, neckwear, belts, sashes, and more, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the versatility of a beautiful European scarf. That’s what makes the silk scarf so unique. It has the power to quite literally transform any outfit into whatever the wearer wants it to be. You can go from work casual to evening wear with the same silk scarf simply by changing the way you wear it, which is why so many Instagram fashion influencers love it.
But perhaps the most popular and lasting fashion statement is wearing a silk scarf as a hair accessory. A wide variety of bright colours, different patterns, bold prints, and solid styles makes it easy to find a beautiful Italian silk scarf for pretty much any occasion. When it comes European-inspired hair styling and accessories, there are so many stunning and distinctive silk scarf options to choose from that you’re bound to find several personal style staples for your collection.
As style experts, we’ve taken the liberty of listing off some of our favourite ways to wear a silk scarf as a hair accessory, so feel free to use any of these ideas!
Bun It Up!
For a chic, yet casual and relaxed look, you can throw your hair up in a loose or tight messy top or low bun and tie a beautiful silk scarf around it. Loosely wrap the scarf around the parameter of the bun a few times and secure it in place with bobby pins. Or, for a more boho-chic look that also keeps those annoying baby hairs at bay, you can even tightly twist the scarf, place it at the top of your forehead and tie it at the nape of your neck.
Represent as Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter is a World War II era cultural icon who represented the countless women who entered the workforce to support the war effort. Aside from the “We Can Do It!” slogan and Rosie’s determined expression, one of the most recognizable features of the Rosie the Riveter campaign is her red and white poka-dot bandana or headscarf. It’s a legendary symbol of boldness, hard work, tenacity, and above all female empowerment which is why this is another style that’s stood the test of time.
Many female factory workers of the 1940s wore their hair in this style for pragmatic reasons to keep it out of their faces while they worked and to protect it from chemical exposure, which is why it’s remained a powerful symbol of strength to this day. To achieve this look, simply place the scarf at the nape of your neck and tie both ends at the top of your head.
Vintage Hollywood Headscarf
The Golden Age of Hollywood has brought us many long-lasting and beloved styles, but one of the most recognizable and classically glamourous looks from that era is the headscarf and dark oversized sunglasses combination. Often sported by famous female film characters riding in a convertible or those who were trying to hide in plain sight or blend into a crowd (think Audrey Hepburn in Charade), this look has become synonymous with old Hollywood glamour in all its many variations.
You can wrap the scarf around your head like a bandana and tie it either directly under your chin or slightly off center. Or you can wrap the scarf around your head, covering your hair and loosely wrap or tie it around your neck depending on your preference. This is also a great way to keep your neck and face warm in the winter months. To make this look even more chic, you can add a stylish ornate or simple barrette on one side of your face that serves the double purpose of securing the scarf in place.
Turban-Style Italian Silk Scarf Headband
Another fun and super chic way of wearing an Italian silk scarf in your hair is as a turban-style headband. For generations, women of various cultural ethnicities have been wearing their hair in this style mostly for practical reasons like protecting it from sun exposure. Although this particular style was born more out of practicality and necessity, it’s become a popular method for young women to express their unique style while also keeping their hair out of their faces. This hair style can be worn in multiple ways. You can tie your hair in a bun, keep it down, or tie it in a ponytail. Even the positioning of the headband can vary depending on your mood and personal taste. Some women like to tie the bow on the top of their heads, while other women like to tie it at the nape of their neck.
Whichever way you choose to wear this look, it adds a lot of depth to any outfit.
Braid It Up!
Braiding it up is arguably one of the most chic, unique, and easiest ways to incorporate an Italian silk scarf into your hair design. Whether you wear a classic long braid, a side braid, a French braid, or a fishtail braid, all you have to do is simply tie the scarf around the base of your ponytail like you would a hair tie, then use the remainder of the scarf as one of the three sections for your braid. We recommend using a long, thin silk scarf for this particular style. The bolder and brighter the colours, the better!
For more amazing European hair styling and accessories inspiration, check out the Orietta Polo Collections online catalogue. We carry a wide variety of exceptional and one-of-a-kind silk scarves and other accessories made in Italy. Shop online or contact us to learn more about our brand.