Learning how to tie a headscarf retro style, is easier than you think.

It’s one of the quickest ways to solve a bad hair day and the varieties are only limited by your imagination.

I’ve been asked many times how I tie my simple headscarf.Β  The one I wear when I’m setting my pin curls and still want to be able to go out on errands looking half way decent.

I often wear my hair up like this when I’m working especially in hot weather, to keep it out of the way. It’s a fantastic way to create a cute look while still getting your hair to do its ‘secret work’ (setting) without anyone knowing.

It’s particularly good if you have an event or big night out and have to work right up until the last minute.

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I have a simple video tutorial for you, taking you through three simple and easy to achieve looks with a large square scarf.

Keep in mind this was created way back in 2010, so the quality isn’t brilliant, but the lesson is solid.

There are so many I could show you, but don’t want to overload you by creating a whole two hour tutorial! So here are the first three ways that can be adapted to suit your own style.

For even more ideas and looks, thereΒ is a second tutorial on How to Tie Headscarves here as well.



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Specialty Vintage Stylist, Blogger, and Presenter; Candice DeVille has been writing Vintage Current since early 2008. Based in Melbourne, Australia, she's always in search of the next glamorous adventure. Bringing you vintage style, glamour and inspiration for the 21st Century.


  1. This was so helpful! I’ve never noticed the difference between the “Queen mother” and the “Grace Kelly”. Now I can make better use of my scarves!Thanks!

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  3. Really love the last look a new way for bad hair days! Now we need a tutorial on how to tie scarves at the neck please!

  4. Do you have any tips for us, ‘older’ gals who like retro styles? I do not want to look like i am trying to out live my youth, but I do not want to look like the Queen Mother. I am over 40 so I don’t think ribbons would look right, but I do have a pink rose on a hair pin I like to add to my hair, large glittery clip on earrings in blue and pink. I have a couple of scarves that are straight/rectangular and a couple that a square, one large one small and many hankies. Any hints or advice are welcome.

  5. I am so glad I am not the only one who ends up looking like the Queen Mother!
    Loving that blue leopard print cardigan – did you get it in Melbourne?

  6. I really hate to ask this and i appolagise if this is a rude queation but how old are you( or at least an age bracket.)I’m 30 and i admire you so much. I love your style and your blog. I always wonder am i too old to wear certain look.

  7. Thank you sooooo much Candice! I’m having a girly get together soon and the dress code is vintage delight. So this has really helped. May I also say that you are one of my heroines?!
    Kat Cupcake

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  9. […] Sometimes I have days where it just won’t co-operate no matter what I try, that’s when I wear headscarves!Β  But some days, small experiments turn into the best hair days too!Β  This was one such day. […]

  10. […] keep dust and dirt out of my hair I pin it up and cover it with a head scarf. It gives the whole outfit a bit of a Rosie the Riveter look, and that way if anyone pops around […]

  11. really cute tutorials!! Looking forward to the next ones!
    Do you know any for well not rectangle scarfs? like those longer ones (no squares ones) hope you understand me πŸ˜€

  12. Hello, I absolutely loveeee this video. I’m 18 and adore this style, I’m always looking for ways to style my hair in a vintage way.
    Just wondering though, what are the dimensions of the scarf you used? Or what size would you recommend?

  13. I am traveling to India soon on a tour and this is going to be really helpful. I have short hair but always blow dry it and there is going to be a severe lack of hairdryers in India so this will be great! Thanks so much. If you have any other ideas for short hair styles, let me know. Thanks

  14. It helps to be at least half as darling as you are to wear a scarf successfully; alas, though I am scarf lover, I don’t wear them nearly as well as you do, no matter how I tie the things!

  15. Headscarves have become my “go-to” hairstyle as of late with two small children to get ready every morning. (Headscarves, mascara, and liquid liner keep me from looking like a homeless person most days…) Thank you for posting these additional ideas, they are super cute and look pretty easy!

  16. Thank you so much, so very helpful! I’m losing all of my hair so covering up my head is becoming a necessity but wearing a baseball cap is very un-lady like when you’re wearing it 24/7. Now to go buy some scarves πŸ™‚

  17. hahaha you are awesome, how about any tips for girls who want the 50’s look but have very fine hair? (I bleach it to a silver white and it gives it SOME lift but not much)

  18. This was so helpful!! I’ve been wanting to wear a headscarf at the beach, but I wasn’t quite sure how. Thank you <3

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing this. I was left my grandmother’s scarves when she passed. There are hundreds, and they were such a huge part of my memory of her.I thought they would go to waste, as I couldn’t see myself wearing them, but you’ve inspired me!

  22. You look lovely! Thanks for the helpful tips, the Queen Mother made me laugh :)! I love retro style, like Grace Kelly’s or Audrey Hepburn’s, I did a blog post about how Old Hollywood stars would wear a scarf. Thanks again for the tutorial!
    Xx, Sofia

  23. I’ve been struggling with health problem, and recently conceded that a headscarf might be the way forward. I’ve searched and searched, and this is by far the best video I’ve found! Thank you, I can go out in the sun again.


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