Vintage Scarves from Head Wraps to Cowl Necks- plus some thrift store searching help!


Scarves come in many different shapes and sizes. This one is loop-shaped, for an easy headband, or cowl neck scarf.

Using vintage scarves to update your look can make a big difference, and cost very little. Even if you are the type of person that feels silly wearing a scarf when it isn’t chilly out, you can still try out one of the many other ways of wearing one. All you need is a little creativity.

Think of scarves as a type of canvas, which you can alter, or fold any way you want, with little commitment money-wise. Scarves have a wide range of prices, but beautiful and at times hilariously unique scarves can often be found at your local thrift store for as low as a few cents.

When buying a scarf at a thrift store, don’t be afraid to dig through the barrels to the bottom. Maybe someone else didn’t have as much fortitude as you, and the best scarf ever is right on the bottom! ….Haha, maybe not, but it’s worth it to search thoroughly, you might find a real gem. For signs of quality, look for things like hand rolled hems, designer labels, silk, and possibly hand painted or hand embroidered scarves.

So, now that you have collected your scarf treasures, what can you do with them?

For starters:
This site has a very basic and up to date scarf tying guide, with step by step instructions and little pictures.
I’m a big fan of the Neck Wrap, which sort of mimics a cowl neck shirt, and stays in place, not morphing into a mess every time the wind blows a bit.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

1. The Rose Knot can be very elegant, or very quirky, depending on the scarf you choose, and your hairstyle. Rhinestone pins, or small hat pins can be pinned onto the scarf to add some kitschy glamour.

2. Tye it into a halter top (many video tutorials can be found online), and pair it with a flowy skirt, or pair of pants.

3. Sew multiple scarves together to make a rectangle a bit larger than the circumference of your waist, or bigger if you like. Take a strip of fabric and sew it along the top of the skirt, leaving five inches or more hanging off the sides. Cut a small slit about 12″ in on the top of the skirt, so that when you wrap the skirt around yourself, you can pull one of the ties through the hole. Finish by tying the knot of your choice, and there you have it. A simple skirt. Here’s an illustration of what I am describing, with the ties: Click. this picture shows only one tye hanging off of the side. You would want to still use two, it’s a lot easier.

4. Always keep a thin scarf in your purse, you never know when it might come in handy for emergency cover ups. (sudden bad hair day, rain, a spontaneous trip to a chilly beach, etc.).

5. Use it to create a draw-string type purse, or to line the inside of your bag.

6. If all else fails, you can always cut the design out of the scarf, and sew it onto things, like a patch. If there is no obvious design, make your own cut-out. It doesn’t have to be sewn perfectly. I like sewing patches on with waxed floss to get really noticeable stitches, that never ever come out.

Not all scarves are square! Here are some other styles:


Scarves that already have ties are less likely to slip out of your hair.


Sheer scarves may look plain on first sight, but once tied on, they have an ethereal and glowy look.

Good luck !

Hey Viv!

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