How to Wear a Turban: The Bad Hair Day Solution


By Chantal Brocca
Updated September 28, 2021

You know you want to try them. They’re chic, they’re handy, and they hide the worst of bad hair days: turbans. Want to team them with old overalls and printed trainers? Sure, you’re still chic. Your mom’s discarded clothes from the 80’s? That’s chique with a Q. And just in time to prove my point, the streets of Paris were littered with them this Fashion Week. Perhaps I simply didn’t notice them before, but once I zoned into this trend, it seemed like they appeared in the unlikeliest of places. Like the Duty-Free section at the airport for one – almighty home of corporate perfumes and sweatpants. The only question is: how to wear a turban?


You all know that Western fashion, in particular, has tended to borrow an interesting variety of styles from many different cultures all over the world, starting way back before photography was even thinkable. Clearly, turbans were originally a practical and religious garment for many Eastern civilizations. Different colors, patterns, and fabrics denoted country of origin as indelibly tied to traditional ceremonies, as well as status and level of education. When entering the realm of fashion fads, however, they were donned and revived by a certain fashion icon called Marie Antoinette. Much later, during the World Wars, hats, the de rigueur fashion itemS of the day, were apparently tough to find. So women improvised their own headgear with strips of cloth. Et voila, the turban became chic again in Europe. Fast forward a couple of decades and we see the turban as glorified evening wear, elegant beachwear, and staple for the adventurous traveler to far-off lands. What your grandma used to wear is now enigmatic streetwear. In Paris, I see Muslim girls swapping up their hijab for a little change. And loads of new cultural omnivores of the anti-commercial fashion regime, sipping their wines outside popular bars in the North-Eastern side of the city. Over time, turbans have evolved to incorporate a wider glossary of shapes in line with changes in hair trends for women.



My tips? A bit of hair at the front should be peeking out. I mean, that bit of hair above your brows. You can choose to tuck your hair inside or not, but if you do, you may give off a religious vibe. Which is fine. Personally, I love the messy, Boho look – unbrushed hair crowned by a gorgeously decadent turban, perched high on the forehead for that Nefertiti vibe. If you’re standing before a turban totally miffed at how it’s going to go with your current wardrobe of jeans and crop tops…just DARE. And not only when you seriously need a trip to the hairdresser. It’s going to work for you. Just don’t wear it to the cinema or the person behind you just might cut you. Can’t find a turban where you live? Try these online shops below, or better yet, get a long, narrow scarf and follow the tips in the videos above on how to tie up a turban. Easier than you think! Pin with a vintage brooch and channel the vintage model of your choice: Marlene Dietrich in the 40s, Twiggy in the 60s, the Yves St Laurent clique in the 70s, or Parisian trendsetters right now.


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