Lately, I’ve been dreaming about infusing my summer wardrobe with a decidedly retro appeal. I’ve been looking at a lot of images of Sophia Loren and Monica Bellucci to inspire me, as well as old photos of Italian beachgoers in the ’60s. There’s just something so classic about how they styled a scarf on their head, whether at the beach or beyond. Naturally, I knew I had to re-create the look, and as soon as I tried to, I realized just how easy it really is. I used a large printed silk scarf, but all you’ll need is a scarf that’s cut in a square shape.
To show you just how straightforward it is to tie a scarf on your head like I did, see my two-step how-to guide so you can get the look for yourself. Then shop a few of my favorite scarves right now.
First, you’ll want to lay your scarf down on a table and fold it diagonally across, matching opposite corners. Depending on the size of your scarf, you might have to do a little extra folding like I did. Since mine was on the larger end, I folded the longest edge over on itself by two inches and repeated this three times to shorten the scarf’s overall size.
Now you know how I’ll be styling a square scarf for beach days and travel all summer long.
Now, you’ll want to take the folded scarf with the longest edge facing forward and tie it on your head with the triangle facing the back of your head. I like to take out a small strand of hair on each side of my part before tying the scarf on, but that’s an optional step. Then, tie the scarf in a knot at the nape of your neck, making sure it’s underneath your hair. This can be a bit tricky, so you might have to tie your hair in a ponytail while putting it on.