1960s Head Scarves for Women

Updated April 17, 2017

Scarves are one of the most versatile fashion items because they can be worn around the neck, used as a belt or worn on the head for both style and warmth. In the 1960s, women often wore head scarves with large sunglasses and bright lipstick. Many movie stars and models of the era set the fashion trend with different types of head scarves.


One type of headscarf that many women wore was made of a silky or acetate type of fabric. The patterns and colours varied, and although most of the scarves could be worn around the neck or tucked into the top of a shirt, women would often wear them on their head to hide curlers. Silk scarves in a more stylish fashion were worn as accessories to compliment outfits. Many scarves that were made specifically for the head had two ties to tie behind or on top of the head.


Chiffon head scarves were often seen worn by movie stars at glamorous events. Chiffon scarves were often adorned with flowers and other decorations made from various fabrics. They sometimes would have elastic sewn in so that the scarf would stay in place when tied under the chin or behind the head. Chiffon scarves came in many different colours and styles


Turban style is another way of wearing a headscarf. In the 1960s, the famous model, Twiggy wore a turban during many photo shoots. A turban will normally cover all the hair but highlight the shape of the face and its features. One way of wearing a scarf in a turban style would be to cover the head with a long scarf, which was tied on the side of the head, letting the rest of the scarf drape down or wrap around the neck.


The bandanna is a headscarf that never seems to go out of style. Worn by women of the 1960s as well as musicians and bikers, the bandanna is often folded into a triangle shape, placed on top of the head and tied behind the neck. It can also be tied under the chin. Bandannas were often worn by hippies in the 1960s, who would fold it into a headband and wear it around the forehead.

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Cee Donohue started as a comedy writer in 2004. She has written for "One to One Magazine" and the "South Hollywood News." Before moving to Los Angeles, Donohue attended the University of the Arts.