1.21.2010

How to tie a 40s headscarf


On Mondays post I got a few questions on how to tie a 40s headscarf, Rosie the Riveter style. So thanks to Twila Jean we got some pictures today to show you how. It's insanely easy, and great for lazy hair days, wearing over pin curls, or a fast 40s look!

You'll need a medium to large cotton headscarf. Silk is ok but slippery, so use with caution.

Fold it in half diagonally so you have a triangle.

Place the scarf over your shoulders, shawl style, with the point facing down.

Take the two ends on your shoulders...

...and tie them once on top of your head.

Pull the point of the scarf up to the top of your head and stuff your hair in the little pouch created.

Lay the point over the tied area.

Tie a knot over the point.

Tuck the open sections in, and the ties if you want.

Ta da!

81 comments:

emma wallace said...

Oh hooray! I was hoping you would post a tutorial on this! I so wanted to try it myself.
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Amanda said...

Fabulous! Very easy to follow. Can't wait to give it a try!

Courtney said...

Yay! Now I just have to find some scarves I can wear that won't get me shot out in public. I love it. It's so cute.

Hexotica said...

Thanks for this! I was tried to get this look right a few weeks back but wasn't sure how. So easy!

Bombshell Bettie said...

Fantastic! I'm going to try this, this weekend! I'll have to buy more scarves!

Miss_Tami_Lee said...

You look so cute with the scarf. I look like I'm about to go feed the chickens

anja louise said...

So cute!! I don't think I have a scarf big enough to make it happen, I always skip past scarves at the thrift stores but now I'll have to check them out! :)

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Oh what fun! Thanks for sharing!!!

:-)

Mel said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I saw you wearing it in a previous post and I really wanted to know how to do it!

Treacle said...

Lovely! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Now I have to try this look.

cindi said...

Can't wait to do this tomorrow morning!

Mabel said...

Millie and I admired your scarf the other day and are so glad you decided to post a tutorial. Us vintage gals have to stick together.

mittablack said...

lovley! :D i'll try this!

Kelley Anne said...

Thank you!

Miss M said...

Thankyou thankyou thankyou - I've been getting half way through and wondering how to secure the point to the knot at the top, now I know! Cheers lovely!x

Louise said...

Love it! I saw a girl wearing a scarf like this at a gig last weekend and I so wanted to replicate it. Thanks for showing me how.

zog_etiquette said...

I loved this. I would have never tried otherwise. super cute! I'll need to start a scarf obsession now!

xx

COCAMIA said...

Thank you!!! I will have to try this! I have so many scarves and I don't know what to do with them most of the time! I really enjoyed this post! Again, Thank you!!!

The Glamorous Housewife said...

Yay! Such a good tutorial. Must try this today.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Django et Coco said...

Perfect tutorial! I need to bookmark this post! I will surely come back to it, pretty soon! :)

Thank you so much for your tips!

-Coco from Our Paper Moon

The Jerseymooners said...

Thanks for the tip!

Q's Daydream said...

yay! love this! thanks!

StrongImagination said...

Oh dear. I've just tried it and it looks ridiculous on me! The loose ends are too big and I don't have a smaller scarf :(

MrJeffery said...

great post! love the scarf!

The Darling Housekeeper said...

Hi there, I'm Jacqueline, I just found your blog. Thanks for your tutorial. I will wear my scarf very soon in 1940's style. ^_^

Jenny Olofsson said...

Thanks for this tutorial:)It´s a beautiful way to hide your hair on a bad hairday;) but also a great option when your out of ideas.
I love to read about you and your personal style, I´m into the same thing. Thanks for being a inspiration! Greatings from Sweden*

Thelma said...

Yay! Thanks for that I would have never figured it out myself.

Diana said...

thanks for the idea!
greattings!
:D

American Phil said...

now i need to know how to tie a bow-tie. haha. i love your blog! tons of good stuff and great vintage! check mine out and follow it if you get a minute. www.ramblingforever.com

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Thanks. You look fab and I will give this a whirl! xx

Suzanne said...

Great instructions! thank you!

feathergirl said...

So cute! I always try and fail at this style on cleaning days.

Cynthia said...

This is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Sara said...

Seriously you must have read my mind. I have been trying for days to get this right.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for this! I tried to recreate it the other night when I tried rag curls and it just didn't work. It's so simple, I can't believe I couldn't figure it out. haha

Toosdai said...

oh perfect! thank you!

also, i'm digging that shade of lipstick! lovely!

Sara V. Frenzy said...

Great, now I have another accessory to buy compulsively! :P

I love your blog and I love how well you pull off the red lipstick. Wish I could do that, lol.

I have a blog about vintage and plus size fashion, so I thought I'd whore it out. I know, I know. I feel bad about it, haha.
http://www.vintagefrenzy.blogspot.com

Okay, whoring done. Again, LOVE YOUR BLOG! If I could fit in this stuff, I'd wear it everyday xD

forrestina vintage said...

Super cute--the look and you in it!

VoteAudrey said...

fabulous

CherryRed said...

Thanks so much for posting this! It definitely helped me figure out what I was doing wrong!

Hannahleh said...

love-love-LOVE this!

Maria Confer said...

OH, thanks so much for posting this!! I've always wondered how it was done!

XOXO

Lulu Letty

Greer said...

this is so sweet!so lovely. x

kanishk said...

Very easy to follow. Can't wait to give it a try!

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casey said...

This is one of my favorite things to do on days when my hair isn't cooperating! ;) It's always so cute and a great way to pull out all my scarves I've amassed and actually use them. lol.

♥ Casey
blog | elegantmusings.com

missmoppet said...

Lovely. As oh so easily to follow. thank you

Nina said...

love this tutorial, I will try it now! lovely blog :)

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Bia said...

oh thanks dear for the tutorial ! I love it ! And it's so easy ! You have a lovely blog. kisses,

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princessjasmine said...

Fabulous instructions with helpful pics. Going to try as soon as I get home!

Miss1941 said...

This is great! Thanks for posting this. I've been wanting to learn how do it.

Cristina said...

This is fantastic! Thank you for the tutorial! I am in the process of designing vintage inspired/1940's style headscarves for my Etsy shop and your post would be great to link to when I list my new items!

Yours is the sweetest blog around :)

www.ChiChiMe.Etsy.com

Marie said...

This is a godsend! It's been too windy to wear a hat while working for my radio station out at the NY State Fair, and I have to keep my hair out of my face somehow, so this is perfect. Thank you!

alma said...

Fabulous! Genious. Will for sure try that out. Have my shares of bad hairdays....

- by the by, what type of libstick do you use, youre libs always looks gorgeous... :D

Bianca J said...

I just saw that this post had 53 comments and imagined 53 gorgeous women wearing 1940's headscarves after reading it (I too am now sitting here wearing my red, white and blue silk 'I Left My Heart In San Francisco' scarf on my head) :D

Febeh said...

Im ao glad i came across your blog ive been dying to learn how to tie the 40s headscarf and you defintely just helped me out so much..Im late on this post but thats why i love google..lol
Great post and blog overall
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Ellie Vintage said...

Awww soo cute! I wanna put up a tutorial similar to this on my blog, I'm only just starting out really, but I'm pretty obsessed with things like Vintage and Retro style :)
http://elliesvintageteasures.blogspot.com/ Any follows would be greatly appreciated! :)

Julie said...

I love this! Do you have any makeup tutes? Your eye makeup always looks fab!

Wormy said...

I just stumbled on to your blog looking for rag curl instructions and you are ADORABLE! I love your style and I'm going to try some of your tips.

northwest is best said...

Phew! This tutorial saved my embarrassment after I had a bad haircut last week. It was so bad I walked out of the salon and into the charity shop next door to buy a headscarf, but realised I didn't know how to tie it! So thanks, Vixen Vintage, here's the result: http://northwest-is-best.blogspot.com/2010/10/haircut-disaster.html

Solanah said...

Northwest, cute!

cseneque said...

Thank you! So cute.

Emily Barker said...

So helpful thank you!

beledidancer said...

Love the tutorial, but love the sweater even more, is it one of your creations?

Solanah said...

beledidancer, no, I bought it.

ebagsandgladrags said...

lovely post! I'm very into hair accessorising at the moment. Liberty's have posted a number of youtube videos showing how to tie their scarves which I recently blogged....
http://www.ebagsandgladrags.com/2011/03/headscarf-love.html

Would love a tutorial on how you do your hair too!

Sx

stacey said...

seriously sounding like a broken record but I looove this site!!...I have some of my great grandma's scarfs and FINALLY I will know how to wear them tytytyty

Stop Traffic Clothing said...

Brilliant post! Can't wait to forward your post to my friends & readers xx

Abbey's Accessories said...

Loved the tutorial!

AlizaEss said...

I'm going to a wedding in Montana and will be camping for 10 days... I'm very petite and ball caps and headscarves usually make me look like a little girl. Hoping this style will glam up my look a bit.. can't wait to try it! Absolutely love your photos, you are adorable!

Sew Flippin Cool said...

So cute! I've posted a link to it on my site, The Handmade Experiment. Thanks! http://wp.me/pkcUM-LL

james @ agirlcalledjames said...

how beautiful

Eugene said...

I thought that headscarves are gone, that they are ancient history today, it reminds me of UK before Margaret Thatcher became the prime minister.
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Peggy's Collection said...

wow what a great tutorial! you look fabulous wearing it too x

danabee368 said...

Great tutorial, Solanah! I love finding new things to do with my scarves. I also found a really cool site on StumbleUpon on how to wear a scarf 37 different ways including ways to tie a head scarf. Thought this might be helpful!

http://www.scarves.net/how-to-tie-a-scarf/head-scarves.htm

Who Moved my Birkin said...

i am so glad I finally know how to do this correctly!!

BeBeInTheThirties said...

Thank you so, so, so much for posting this tutorial! before i simply had to fold up the scarf and tie it behind my ears - so not a good look! im really enjoying your blog - keep up the good work!


check out my blog! http://bebeinthethirties.blogspot.com/

Miss E said...

Love this, though hairpins were required to keep the scarf in place in my bobbed hair.

Qristy said...

AWESOME - thanks Sew Po for sharing this blog with me! Gonna try to tie now!

Cheryl said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing. I originally googled how to tie a head scarf because I am dressing up as Rosie the Riveter for Halloween, but this is so cute I am sure I am going to use it more often

Shelagh Garbutt said...

Thanks very much for this. I am going to the Goodwood Revival in Sussex England soon and needed to know how to do the headscarf tie. Great tutorial.

Shelagh
Taunton
England

TL Rivera said...

Good grief, you are adorable!