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The Square Scarf Through the Decades

Enhance your wardrobe and emulate your favorite era!


Fashion is a canvas that paints the story of culture, time, and individual expression. Among its many vibrant brushstrokes, the fashion headscarf stands out as a versatile accessory that has transcended eras and cultures, leaving an indelible mark on style history. Join us on a journey through time as we unravel the fascinating evolution of the fashion headscarf and its enduring influence on personal style.



1900s - 1910s

Art Nouveau Elegance


Square scarves during this period often featured intricate Art Nouveau patterns and delicate silk fabrics. These scarves were draped over the shoulders or tied around the neck, reflecting the elegance and grace of the time.




1920s

Flapper Chic


The 1920s saw the rise of the flapper style, and square scarves became a symbol of rebellion and individuality. Often adorned with bold patterns and fringed edges, flappers would wear these scarves draped over their bobbed hair or tied around their headbands.

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1930s

Glamorous Hollywood


Square scarves in the 1930s exuded Hollywood glamour, often made from luxurious fabrics like silk and satin. Scarves were draped elegantly around the shoulders of movie stars and worn with evening gowns, embodying the opulence of the era.



1940s

Patriotic Pride


During World War II, square scarves took on a patriotic tone. Scarves with American flag motifs and wartime propaganda prints were popular, reflecting a sense of unity and support for the troops.



1950s

Audrey Hepburn's Signature


In the 1950s, Audrey Hepburn etched an iconic image by adorning headscarves tied gracefully around her head, often complemented by oversized sunglasses. This chic pairing swiftly became emblematic of enduring grace and refined style, encapsulating the era's timeless allure.



1960s

Bohemian Boho


The 1960s embraced bohemian style, and square scarves were worn as headbands, tied around the forehead or neck. Paisley patterns and vibrant colors were characteristic of this era's scarf trends.



1970s

Hippie Vibe


Square scarves in the '70s were tied around the head or worn as bandanas, reflecting the hippie counterculture. Tie-dye patterns, floral prints, and earthy tones were popular choices.




1980s

Power Accessories


The '80s brought bold fashion choices, and this decade's scarf styling was no different. In the 80s, square scarves were often worn as statement accessories layered over power suits. Also notable was their frequent appearances as belts or waist wraps, meant to add a pop of color and a touch of flair to those iconic oversized blazers.



1990s

Grunge Revival


The 90s marked an era of effortless cool, and bandanas played a pivotal role in defining that iconic aesthetic. Worn as headbands, tied around the neck, or even sported as daring tops, bandanas became the ultimate style statement of the decade. The vibrant patterns and bold colors of these versatile accessories perfectly captured the spirit of grunge, hip-hop, and alternative cultures, making the 90s bandana a timeless emblem of self-expression.



2000s

The Bandana Craze


Square scarves in the 2000s turned to conquer a new surface of the body - the torso. With celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Beyonce popularizing the look, Y2K's scarf top trend has been forever engrained in all of our memories!



2010s - Now

Modern Twists


The 2010s brought back a love for vintage styles, which into the 2020s has evolved into retro inspired contemporary street style fashion. Creative tying and layering techniques have birthed many modern interpretations of square scarf style - from a smattering of variations on Y2K's scarf top, to purse wraps, and even (my personal favorite) layering of scarves with casual baseball caps or beanies. This fusion of styles past and present almost seems to have made fashion of today a free for all, and I for one am all for it!


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