The Thrifted Scarf 5 Ways; Guest Post

Monday, January 2, 2012

The following guestpost is written by Kat Wray from Eco Empire with 5 great suggestions of ways to wear a thrifted scarf. I am inspired, and think you will be too ..

The Thrifted Scarf 5 Ways

Hi my name is Kat and I am a scarf addict. It started from my crush on all things retro, but soon it crept into my every day fashion and I was wearing scarves to parties, to work, to the grocery store – just about anywhere. It has saved me from bad hair days and acted as a statement piece to an otherwise boring outfit.

The best thing about scarves is they are so easy to find in thrift stores, vintage stores, garage sales and the back of your Grandma’s closet! They’re not expensive either. Heck you could even make your own by cutting up an old shirt! Why buy a new outfit when you could simply dress an old one up with a scarf?

Just look at this full rack of secondhand scarves I came across. So many possibilities!

You might think that wearing a scarf is very ‘retro’ but it doesn’t have to be. You might even think it’s hard to achieve, but it’s so simple and easy that you’ll kick yourself for not trying it sooner!

Below are five simple ways to wear a scarf.


For using a scarf as a hair accessory I prefer the larger scarves so it can wrap around your head and leave enough to make a bow or a tie. When shopping for scarves make sure you fold it out and wrap it around your head or neck to make sure it’s the length you desire.

You will need to fold the headscarf from opposite corner to corner (creating a triangle) and then fold it from the short corner to the flat edge until you have a long strip. This particular scarf ends up being about a meter in length once rolled out this way which is an ideal length for a headscarf. You can use smaller scarves but it will limit what styles you can achieve.

As far as your hair goes, the styles demonstrated below have all been achieved with either a messy bun on top of the head with the hair pulled back off the face, or a messy bun at the nape of the neck with a side part at the front of the head. You can have a bad hair day and still look good with a headscarf!

Headscarf #1

The easiest headscarf option is to simply wrap it around your head and tie it at the bottom. Make sure the headscarf sits to the front of your head and the ears are half covered.

Headscarf #2

You can also use the same techniques but with the bow side up:

If your head seems to ‘reject’ head scarves (i.e. they seem to fall off) then bobby pins can assist. To hide them, lift the fabric fold and only attach the bobby pin to the underneath piece of scarf, which will then be hidden by the top piece. I try to put the bobby pin against the direction of the hair so it really holds it in place.


Simply wrapping a scarf around the neck can create an excellent accessory for your outfit.

There are several ways you can fold and tie a scarf using different length scarves. Below are two of the easiest neck ties you can achieve.

Use the same folded technique from the headscarf and wrap it around the neck. In this picture it has been wrapped twice and then tied.

By using the triangle fold you can use the ends and tie them around the neck (and then tied again underneath to hide the tie).


Don’t think it stops at your head or neck; you can use a scarf for just about anywhere. If the scarf is big enough you could use it as a belt, you could tie it to your handbag or even around your wrist!

So the next time you’re in a thrift store have a good look at that scarf rack, it’s a simple way to play with patterns and colours, it can dress up a tired outfit, and best of all you’ll never have to worry about a bad hair day again!

About Kat and her blog Eco Empire

"Every decision you make has an impact on something or someone else and I want to inspire you to make ethical and sustainable decisions in your everyday life but in the most fun and creative way possible.

Kat is from Perth in Western Australia. Her blog Eco Empire explores the main areas of life where you can make simple changes – such as healthy nutritious food, clothes that are fashionable and ethical, and good health which is vital for your wellbeing.

Kat sometimes like to talk about nitty gritty environmental issues, but offers easy eco tips to make it less daunting.



Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Very helpful post, thanks! I'd like to try wearing a scarf in my hair like shown.

Fashion felons said...

Great ideas, I usually end up with a ton of scarfs and all I ever used them for was belts on our hotpants. now have something new....Thx.

Simplastic said...

Wow, I have that same bird scarf in black and green. Great post :) Thank you.

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