Thursday, 1 September 2011

The most wonderful of all accessories: the head scarf

The Second World War saw the introduction of rations.  But did you know that in addition to food rations, hats were also rationed?  The hat was a symbol of status, and many women felt its loss.  But out of this rationing came an enormous amount of creativity (I always find i'm at my most creative when my tools are restricted i.e. when i've enforced a no shopping ban and hate everything in my wardrobe). Head scarves became de rigour in the 1940s and many of the creations born out of this time are still incredibly popular today.

I came across this fantastic video via the lovely The Styling Dutchman who tweeted it the other day.  It's an original clip from 1942 showing ladies of the the day the different ways they could use scarves to create fabulous imitation hats - very informative, even now almost 70 years later! My favourite style is the second one, using two scarves - check out the very well-spoken voiceover gentleman who states, "The result is a natty little pussy cap." - love it!

Source: British Pathe

The head scarf has become an iconic accessory that crosses class-lines and appeals to all ages; from the Queen to Nicole Richie. They are incredibly practical - coming to the rescue of many a woman who wakes up to find herself in the midst of a bad hair day.  Yet they somehow add an air of elegance and glamour to any outfit - perhaps due to some of their rather famous fans of yesteryear, including Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O.


Whatever the reason, the head scarf is a welcome part of many women's wardrobe.  They are incredibly versatile; head scarf, neck scarf, belt, handbag accessory, even a top if you're really creative.  Despite the better known designers such as Hermes, with their incredible price tags, the endless endearment of the head scarf is its affordability.  You can find them in charity shops, flea markets and car boot sales from as little as 50p.  

The head scarf has become a firm staple in my wardrobe, i'm a little addicted, I admit.  They are the best way to individualise your look, add a little creativity, or just to update an old outfit.  And the best bit?  They're one size fits all!

Check back later when i'll be sharing a really simple tutorial on how to create your own head scarf!

...and yes, in case you were wondering I have written about headscarves before, but i'm a little bit obsessed so expect more of these bad boys!

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