One of the best ways to accessorize your look is by adding unexpected colors and textures. Headscarves are a great addition to any outfit because they add pizazz and can double as headbands. The great thing about using scarves as headbands is that you can constantly mix up your look without ever having to buy a new accessory. Try upgrading a dull outfit with one of our simple headscarf wraps below.

 

Simple Headband (www.abeautifulmess.typepad.com)

Simple Headband (www.abeautifulmess.typepad.com)

Simple Headband. Use a long, skinny scarf and wrap it around your head twice. Start from the center of the scarf at the nape of your neck, cross at your temple, and then tie it at the nape of your neck. If you are using a square scarf, fold it in half into a triangle, then again, keeping the ends long. Tie the scarf with the center on your temple, making sure the small flap in the center is tucked under.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thick Head Wrap (www.keikolynn.com)

Thick Head Wrap (www.keikolynn.com)

Thick Head Wrap. This is one of our favorite looks. It reminds us of Rosie the Riveter. Begin with a square scarf, fold it in half, so that you have a triangle. Then, fold the point in the middle down one-third of the way, and again, so you have the desired width. With the flap tucked under, place the center at the nape of your neck and tie at your temple. Tuck the ends in, and you are done. We love Keiko Lynn’s version of this look as well. Check out her tutorial at keikolynn.com

 

 

 

 

Turban (www.honestlywtf.com)

Turban (www.honestlywtf.com)

Turban. This technique is very similar to our simple headband, just with an added criss-cross at the top. First, tie your hair up. Start with the scarf at the back of your head, with the center point at your temple. Wrap the long ends of the triangle up from the nape of your neck to your temple. Here you will cross the ends twice to create a knot. Finally tie the ends back behind your head and tuck in all the ends. If you don’t want to cover your hair, you can use a skinny scarf instead and follow the instructions for the simple headband, just with an added cross at the top. One of our favorite turban tutorials is from Honestlywtf.com.

 

 

In addition to these headbands, you can always add some color to your outfit by tying a scarf bow around your ponytail, or tying a scarf to your purse.

 

If you do not have a scarf, start searching at your local thrift store. Scarves can be a pricey investment, especially for a silk one, so it is a good idea to find one second-hand. After a quick wash, you will be good to go. Don’t worry — a quality scarf will never go out of fashion.

 

Still looking for more inspiration? Check out 10 Ways To Wear A Silk Scarf on abeautifulmess.com.

 

What are your thoughts on these silken head wraps? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam