Quick Scarf Styling Ideas

Scarf Styling: Headband with BowScarf Styling: Headband with BowTo celebrate the release the new A Beautiful Mess for ModCloth scarves I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite ways to wear them! These are all simple stylings I often wear in everyday life. First up, a good ole bow headband. Just pull each end of the scarf up from the back of the head and tie a (messy) bow up top. This styling is a good way to add a pop of color or pattern to your outfit! Scarf Styling: Simple HeadbandScarf Styling: Simple HeadbandNext up, use your scarf as a headband! Just tie it under the back of your hair. I love this styling for hiding grown out roots! It's can add a little 1960s vibe to any outfit. Scarf Styling: Knotted HeadbandScarf Styling: Knotted HeadbandI love a knotted headband! This is easy and so much more stylish than a plain headband! Here are more photos of how it's styled. Scarf Styling: Messy Bun with BowScarf Styling: Messy Bun with BowScarf Styling: Messy Bun with BowThis next one is fun and playful! Tie your hair up in a messy top knot and then tie a bow on the front with your scarf. Instant volume! Scarf Styling: Messy Bun with Wide HeadbandScarf Styling: Messy Bun with Wide HeadbandIf my hair is ever a day (or two) past due for washing I will almost always wear this style. It's just a messy top knot with a scarf as an extra thick headband. It's great for concealing less than perfect hair! Scarf Styling: Heidi Braids with Turban Scarf Scarf Styling: Heidi Braids with Turban Scarf Scarf Styling: Heidi Braids with Turban Scarf Scarf Styling: Heidi Braids with Turban Scarf One of the easiest hairstyles ever is a combination of twisted maiden braids (just twist and pin!) and a turban styled scarf. To get this look, just tie a knot at the top of your head and then tuck in the ends under the band. I'm wearing this style right now, actually! 

I hope you've gathered a little inspiration (or maybe a reminder of a hairstyle you haven't worn in a while?) for some upcoming good hair days! If you want to shop my scarves, click here! XO. elsie 

PS. I saw on twitter today that some of your have already started getting your ABM for ModCloth orders on your doorsteps! YAY. Leave me a link here if you blog photos of yourself wearing them, ok? I love seeing your styles. 

  • Wow, your abilities on dressing your hair with scarf are truly inspiring 🙂 Best regards from Poland!

  • Omigoodness this is AMAZING! im always looking for new ways to wear scarves. I love you hair colour here, with the black and the red. Is there a diy for it? Or could you make one? it is so cool

  • Elsie, I need some help. I love scarves and I love wearing them, but my hair is SO fine that they just slip right out – it’s so frustrating!! Help! Should I stick a pin somewhere? How else can I make them stay in??

  • Gorgeous wrapped braids, beautiful scarves, contemporary touch! Fantastic ideas.

  • You inspired me to try the last look today!!! I got soooooo many compliments on it!! So thank you for the turban/Heidi braids idea!! It was a hit!!!
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  • I love this look!
    Also, I love all your makeup posts! But…there aren’t many of them! Those are definitely posts that I would like to see more of!
    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  • Thanks for sharing this, I can definitely reference back with all of those vintage scarfs I just can’t turn up at the flea market.


  • How do you get the scarf to stay *on* your head? I find that no matter how I tie one, it eventually slips farther back on my head or off of it entirely. 😉

  • Really cute and nice! Will have to try how that looks on my hair! (:

    Nice blog!


  • Hi Elsie, thanks for this post:) I love your horse scarf and signed up with mod cloth to buy it but am still trying to figure out if I’m going to get charged lots of money to have it imported ino the country as I live in the UK! I’m determined to find a way!

  • You are sooo pretty Elsie! I liked your ways to style a scarf, you look gorgeous in all ways 🙂
    Samantha x

  • Lovely hairdos and I love the scarf!

    E from Helsinki

  • Great scarf styling ideas! I just wore my Stylish Ever Crafter Dress for the first time – I love it!


  • My bestie just sent me a box o’vintage scarves from NYC to Seoul, so I’ll be rocking these looks around the world! Thank you!!! I adore the top knot;) Sometimes I just go Madmen and tie the scarf round my neck~ it always makes me feel so flight attendant/sophisticated chic;)

  • Ooo I LOVE your new hair Elsie! I really like the twisted maiden braids too. Always super inspirational 🙂 I can’t wait to get some ABM4M goodies! I have to wait till my birthday on November 4th though. Not long 🙂 xxx

  • that looks gorgeous!!! I absolutely love it and you also and your blose.. I follow you now! 🙂


  • These are all so adorable! I want to try them all! I love the autumn hair by the way!


  • you really pull these off, such a cute look!
    and i love your new hair color, great for autumn 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  • Nancy,
    Rachel gave me this mirror when she moved. She got it from craigslist. I don’t know where it originally came from, sorry!
    XOXO! elsie

  • Love this style, but have to ask about the mirror. Would you mind sharing your source for where you purchased it?


  • marget-yes, bobby pins can be a great help! Especially if your hair is fine (like mine). 🙂

  • great tips! question for you: do you secure the scarves with bobby pins? i find they always start to slip…maybe its just my slippery head….?

  • Love this! I love scarves as headbands, such a cute fall look!



  • Yes the scarf looks are great, but your hair color and cut is AMAZING! Love it.
    Xo, Inna – Baking in Couture

  • great ideas. The last two are my favorites. Long hair can be a challenge to style sometimes. It’s easy to get into a rut.

  • omg these are amazing! I want to try them all! I wish I had more braiding talent so I could pull of those updo looks. Gorgeous. 🙂


  • I LOVE wearing scarfs in my hair and these are sooooo cute!!!


  • I love this so much but somehow I doesn’t really work for me 🙁

  • I love wearing scarf’s they are my go to when I go a day over washing 🙂


  • I looove the first scarf.. may have to buy it.

    xo, Clare

  • I’ve got so many scarfs but I never manage to wear them, I’m definitely going to make the effort to use them all this autumn. Great post xo

  • elsie.. your hair looks beautiful! and *big* congrats on your new modcloth line! xo, t.

  • You mlook amazing in all of them!!

    <3 Val

  • Hello pretty ladies!

    I’ve discovered your blog very recently (found you first on IG through Kristin Rogers, another person I love) and I’ve started reading it… amazing. You girls are amazing. That’s what I think.

    Really good suggestions and interesting things to learn and keep in mind.

    Thanks for sharing your world, your art, your life!

    Eleonora from Italy 🙂

  • Okay so besides that your scarves are super cute, Elsie your hair is AWESOME! Love the color!


  • you always have the best and pretty haistyle ideas, i love them.
    Congrats for the new collection, you deserve all the success of the world girl! 🙂

  • Oh, I wish international shipping to Canada wasn’t so atrocious, you designed such beautiful things for modcloth! I’m going to have to get myself a P.O. Box across the border one of these days so I can finally enjoy some red velvet goodies!

  • Oh my, thank you for sharing! I don’t possibly know what one to try first.
    Although I need to get my hands on those scarves first.

  • The style of these photos are really nice. Also love the last exmaple…gotta try it out.

  • I love all of these, particularly the messy top knot with the bow!

    Super cute styling 🙂

  • These are such good ideas. I’ve tried tying a headscarf before, but I just can’t pull it off! 😛


  • Gosh your hair is looking beautiful, it always looks so healthy and fresh! Love it. xo Laura

  • Great idea! I’ll definitely try to make one of the options!


  • love the idea !! Thanks for sharing !

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  • you sure know how to make a girl want a scarf!!


  • I could never get away with this! Although you look fab…

    Maria xx

  • This is really interesting. Very nice idea and it’s really cool. Each piece has it own uniqueness that’s how special this stuff.

  • I love the last look! I’ve been wanting some new ideas with the months getting colder and colder, and not only is it cute, but it will keep my ears nice and warm! 🙂

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  • Ohh goodness – your dye job is wonderful!

    Stephanie May*


  • Another thing I need to go order! Just got the Punctuation Top – can’t wait to get it in the mail!

  • So fun! I might need a scarf for my hair now!

    xo Jennifer


  • Gorgeous Love the bow up-do I have a heap of vintage scarves I might try this with Thanks for the inspiration!

    Becky xo

  • I am LOVING your pumpkin spice highlights, so much fun! xo


  • Elsie you have such beautiful, thick hair! I’m so jealous! I love the styling you did with the scarfs <3

  • Scarfs as head bands are way cute! Love these ideas 🙂
    xo Heather

  • Oh my… YOUR HAIR!!! AHHH, I love it. Great tutorial, scarves are often tricky for me. But, the way the photos show of your new do! Pin worthy for sure. 🙂

  • Michaela, I have heard lots of people say this! I think that the texture of your hair can definitely affect the “slippery-ness” but also the texture of the scarf. Have you tried one with matte fabric or cotton? That could help a lot!
    XO. elsie

  • My fave is the last one 🙂 great new highlights for autumn!

  • I always have the hardest time getting scarves to stay on my head – they always seem to slip. Is this because of my head shape, or my hair being especially shiny/slippery? Or do you have to pin the scarves in place?

  • I love the red highlights in your hair!!I used to have a copper hair color with Black in random spots. I miss it!!

  • I love that horsie scarf! so sweet!


  • This blog has exactly what I need! 🙂 I’m falling inlove with your blog. Nice posts!

  • Great ideas! I love the scarves.


  • Thanks for the ideas! I love your hair by the way.

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  • Love the red highlights in their way cute;) your scarves are adorable. Thanks for the great fall hair styles. Like always your way to incredibly amazing

  • You pull off all of these looks so well. You’re hair looks amazing with the red! I think I’m heading over to mod cloth to buy some of your sweet designs xoxo so happy for you Elsie. You’ve been a great inspiration for years.

  • I love when you wear them like a headband! They look so good (and I bet are so much more comfortable than headbands!)

  • Love it! And your copper highlights! You look so much like Zooey Deschanel too :o)

  • Elsie you look so beautiful! My hair is ALMOST long enough to do maiden braids. Can’t wait to start wearing my hair like that! xo. Deanna


  • Love the styling of your new scarves! Can you pllllleeeease tell us where you got that beautiful top?

  • You make it look so easy! I’ve already tried to style my hair with scarves but I’m a mess :/ I’ll keep trying!

    PS: I love your new hair color! Those highlights look very good on you 🙂

  • cute! these are beautiful pictures of you Elsie. I love the 60’s style of hair scarves, they’re so fun.

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