In ancient Egyptian culture, scarves were viewed as a social status symbol. Queen Nefertiti is one of the first known scarf wearers. She donned a scarf-like piece of cloth beneath her iconic headdress. Scarves were found on sculptures of Chinese warriors dating back to 1000 B.C. Also, at approximately 230 B.C., Chinese Emperor Cheng prescribed that his warriors don cloth scarves as a symbol of their rank. In ancient time long head scarf was mandatory dress code for Indian brides as it adds a regal element to the Indian bride’s look. Lets c how scarf has changed fashion in this century:
20s – 30s
The 1920s was the age of the drop-waist hem, over-embellishment and loose, boyish shapes. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel turned the fashion world on it’s head by designing the first modern, timeless wardrobe staple: the little black dress.
40s – 50s
As World War 2 approached, the fashion of the ‘roaring twenties’ withdrew into something more ladylike and coy and after WW2 everything was changed. Sleek and tidy feminine forms made an appearance with more drawn in waists and calf-length skirts. Also scarf tied and worn in the hair as a turban. To keep slippery silk from sliding away use bobby pins around neck the base and crown.
60s – 80s
Longer silk scarves were tied around the hair, with the lengths of fabric left flowing down the back. A long and wide scarf could also be turned into a fashionable stole, cardigan or belt. scarves were worn to coordinate with an outfit or an ensemble. Women wore suits of a skirt and matching jacket, and finished the look with coordinating gloves, handbag, hat and scarf. Many women found middle-ground by using a scarf and tying it as a pussy bow. The pussy bow was often paired with collared shirts or shift dresses.
After 80s mass production, quick supply chain, internationalization, TV commercials and global communication created hyper personal market and different people started opting for different scarf which they individually like. After 80s one can find African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, European scarf and style in any metro city of the world.
How to wear a scarf:-
Tying a scarf around your neck can make your outfit look more polished, and it can help keep you warm on a cold day. You can even create a variety of looks depending on how you tie your scarf!
Drape on Shoulders
Dress up a casual T with a thin, over-one-shoulder scarf. Find a double-wrap or wide belt to keep it secure. Tip: Opt for a thin (think silk) scarf to avoid bulk.
This is the most adorned style in Indian tradition. Over-the-head drape is the most elegant type of carrying a dupatta and showcase many amusing hairstyles as well. It adds a regal element to the bride’s look. The fabric used in this style is generally net, chiffon, or sheer silk which translucently reflects the face of the wearer.
The Side Tie
The Dot Delight Kerchief is the most adorable way to wear a scarf tied to the side. Simply drape the scarf and tie a knot on the side of your neck.
Just fold the scarf in half put it around your shoulders. Take one loose end piece and pull it over and under the scarf loop. Take the second end piece and go under and over the same loop.
Also known as iduku in isiZulu, dhuku in Shona, duku in Chichewa, and gele in Yoruba, the headwrap is an undeniable and glorious African statement.
Fold a long scarf if half lengthwise. Grab the diagonal ends and knot them together. Put it over your neck, then twist it and loop again.
It is simplest style. It was very popular, especially among royalty and celebrities, with Queen Elizabeth adopting them as part of her uniform, wearing them—to this day—as headscarves.
It is tied like bow. The pussy bow was often paired with collared shirts or shift dresses.