3 Easy Ways to Tie a Headscarf – Retro Style!

I’ve been asked many times how I tie my simple headscarf.  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.  So today, I have a simple video tutorial for you, taking you through three simple and easy to achieve looks with a large square scarf.

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.

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Candice DeVille

Specialty Vintage Stylist, Blogger, and Presenter; Candice DeVille has been writing Super Kawaii Mama 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.
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  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!

  2. I wish I looked half as posh and elegant as you do…something about my pumpkin face looks a bit off in a headscarf, lol

  3. Love! <3 Thank you so much. I have a bunch of scarfs from my Mum but can never figure out good ways to use them, this is super helpful!

  4. How wonderfully girly! :) But very Rosie the Riveter :)

  5. That’s really helpful! And you are like really pretty O.o And I love your accent! :D
    Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Thankyou, I only knew the one way and was board with it.

  7. Useful as always, your tutorials are great, love them!! Thanks for share them with us!

  8. Maria /

    I absolutely loved this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing — I love scarves!

  9. Thank you for this excellent video, a great reminder to different stylish ways to wear a scarf.

  10. floraposte /

    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!

  11. great helpful video, I am so doing the side knot Marilyn style this summer, thanks.

  12. i really like your blog, but i LOVE your videos!

  13. thank you for this! i have been dreaming of a video about retro headscarf styles for so long!! so helpful!

  14. Melissa /

    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.

  15. great thanks!

  16. Kitten /

    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?

    • Super Kawaii Mama /

      Kitten: The cardigan is from Zara in Singapore. Wish I’d found one here to tell you about.

      • Kitten /

        I was really hoping you would say you got it in Melbourne! It is grand!

  17. Sarah /


    I am a foreigner and may I know when is summer in Europe?haha

  18. 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.

    • Super Kawaii Mama /

      Isla: I won’t give you an exact figure, but I will tell you I am certainly older than you. ;)

    • Kitten /

      I am also older than you Isla and love to wear this look! I say – if you love it, do it. Age does not matter!

  19. Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. 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

  21. This is great. I do the “pin curl covering” head scarf a lot, but the other 2 are great new ideas to try!

  22. Great tutorial! I have a huge collection of scarves at home (my mum’s, from op shops and on my travels) and always looking for new ways to wear them. Thanks

    Jetsetting Joyce

  23. 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 :D

  24. Cyndi /

    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?

  25. Merryn Lance /

    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

  26. Hi – just found your helpful tutorial and tweeted it. I love my vintage scarves and I’m always looking for “new” ways to wear them.

    at Hey Viv !

  27. Recynd /

    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!

  28. Victoria /

    Lovely video thankyou, you are a true lady :) x

  29. Victoria /

    Lovely video, thank you for the tips, you are a true lady :) x

  30. Great tutorial, Candice! 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!


  31. 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!

  32. 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 :)

  33. Melanie /

    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)

  34. 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

  35. Lovely really great little tutorial, thank you for sharing it

  36. I love the 40s to 50s retro sytle look. This is really easy to now tie a head scarf after watching this video. Thank you so much! I’m going to tie a head scarf and wear my 50s poodle skirt out this weekend!

  37. 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!
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  38. You should take part in a contest for one of the greatest blogs on the internet.
    I am going to highly recommend this site!
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  39. Hi nice video ;)

    I was wondering what the measurements are for a good headscarf? :D

  40. inthecoppice /

    You look like Gina Davis and Angelina Jolie rolled into one gorgeous person. Congratulations.
    Also, fantastic tutorial

  41. 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
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