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The different scarves in history

 Let me introduce you to a new chapter of scarves’s history : Today we are going to tell you more about the past and the evolution of the scarf during the centuries, their ways to tie scarves… Follow the guide, you will know everything there is to know.

The origin of the French word “foulard” (scarf) is uncertain, but it seems that the word finds its origins from the French verb “fouler” which refers to the technique of crushing – before the advent of textile machines, people stepped on the textiles under feet like grapes to soften the fabric and strengthen the fibres.

In the Middle Ages, the history of the scarf is intertwined with that of the veil.  Ladies from the nobility wore the Hennin, which was a pointed hat, often with two horns of variable height adorned with a veil on its end. The height determined the nobility and the extent of the lady’s wealth. It was women’s key fashion accessory in 1440.

The hennin



Indeed, French women have long worn caps, while the scarf remained an economic and practical choice. In the 18th century it was common to include scarves, ribbons, feathers and even plants or fruits in the headdress.

Eighteenth century hand painted print of a lady with a contemporary up-do



Today scarves in France can of course be worn in many different ways: tied on the forehead or neck it highlights the beauty of the face, worn on the waist it enhances the finesse of the silhouette. There are also different ways to tie the scarf on the head:

The rustic way to tie a scarf is very simple. Fold the scarf into a triangle, attach the widest part on the forehead, and tie the ends underneath the hair.


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Gypsy way to tie a scarf. The knot is on the side. The tips are usually hidden under the scarf.




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Pirate way to tie a scarf – ideal for the sea and the beach, it protects the hair against the sun, wind and sand. This method is similar to the rustic way, but the knot does not go under the hair but to the side, like with a bandana.


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And now about shawls. This word comes from the Persian word “schal”.

The fashion of shawls came to Europe after the Egyptian campaign of Napoleon Bonaparte. Thus Napoleon had brought to his beloved Josephine de Beauharnais many gifts, among which large quantities of cashmere and of course cashmere shawls.

Josephine de Beauharnais had 400 shawls, she attached them to her dresses, she used them as bedspreads, she made pillows from them and even used them for her dog’s bed.

Very soon in France shawls production of different cloths started. The shawl quickly gave birth to a narrow scarf, which was a winter accessory essential to protect oneself from the cold, and in summer it was turned into a light shawl, which served only as ornament.

Thereafter, the shawls became luxury items and they cost a small fortune. It was humiliating and devastating for ladies not to have it in their wardrobe. And if their budgets were not sufficient to allow them to buy at least one shawl, some could get it as a gift from a wealthy admirer.

Today shawls can complete costumes or can be used as a light blanket, for instance.


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How to tie a scarf: the braid-knot

As you can see, we are not tired of scarves. We are always looking for new ways to style and tie them. Today, we are going to show you how to tie your scarf into a braid-knot. This chic and elegant look will most likely impress all of your friends.



Meet the braid-knot, who we have fallen in love with. It is very simple to do, as proven by the pictures from the tutorial below. Upon seeing you with this braid knot, we are willing to bet your friends and relatives will ask you how you did it!



To get this look, you will need: a scarf or a stole. It should be rectangular and long enough to tie a few knots.

This knot is very chic and although it does not look like it, it is actually simple to do. It is perfect for cold weather, and adds a little quirky flair to your long winter coat.

We have other styles to show you but one thing at a time! In the meantime, feel free to give us your opinion in the comments below or to share this post! 


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Which colors for my eyes ?

In this new post we are going to see which colors will highlight your eyes. Who never wonder : “how can I showcase my green, blue or brown eyes? ” So, today, we ‘ve decided to help you by teaching you which color you should choose. This post can concern clothes, scarves but also make-up like eyeshadows. We will try to help you, because we know that sometimes, some eyes don’t have a well defined color, not totally blue or green…

So, we begin with the color of the majority of people, I’m obviously talking about the brown eyes: first, the light brown you can wear the same colour as your eyes that is to say honey brown but you can also wear the opposite,  which is here green. For the dark brown, it’s almost the same but a little bit lighter, olive green or camel.

Blue eyes now, for pale blue eyes, the colors that will look good on you are lilac or pastel pink. For the mid-to-dark blue eyes, I advice you colors near to gold or peach.

The people with Hazel eyes should wear moss green or purple, it almost the same for people with dark green eyes, you can also wear purple or peach. For those with lighter eyes, with pale green, you can wear lavender or blue grey clothes or make up.




As I told you, you can also apply these tricks for your make-up, it works very well and highlits your eyes in an amazing way.

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I hope you enjoy this post, don’t hesitate to share it and to tell us if that helped you. You can also visit our previous post about how to choose the color of your scarf.








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How to look good on your first day of work

Yes ladies, summer is over or almost, it’s time to go back to work ! Before you start screaming or crying let me give you one reason to be happy to go back to work…Shopping ! Indeed, it’s a new beginning so you obviously need new things to put in your wardrobe. Don’t thank me now, I have another good news for you. In this post, I am gonna give you some inspiration for the look of your first day of work. It’s going to be one article of a serie of « How to look good… » it can be at school, for a job interview…So do not hesitate to tell us if you want us to do an article about a precise subject in this serie, just leave a reply !

The first look is quite easy, that means that normally everyone has this pieces in her wardrobe. If you do not want to take any risk for your first day but nevertheless give a good impression, this look is for you. Black jean, black blazer, blue shirt…basics! You can obviously accessorize your look with a scarf around your neck, you can find how to tie it just here.

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This second look is more a “working girl” look, very chic, very elegant, everybody will look at you from your first step in the office.


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The last look is a little bit more summery and casual but absolutely wearable on a first day of work. The difference with this look is that you can wear your scarf as a headband in a very pretty and elegant way. Moreover this look is inspired by the very trendy Eva Mendes, so you can’t be wrong.



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How to braid a scarf ?

We hope you liked our previous post about the necklace made out of a scarf because we are going to reiterate the experience. Today’s post is a tutorial to learn how to braid a scarf. In three simple steps, and in less than five minutes, your scarf will get a new look. All it takes is one scarf, no more!


What you will need: 

- a scarf, preferably a rectangular and long one

- some support, like a door knob to help with the braiding

How to:

  1. Fold the scarf in half, make a loose knot in the middle: you should get a loop with two ends of the scarf sticking out of the knot.
  2. Place the knot on top of the door knob: the two ends of the scarf and the loop are the three strands of your braid
  3. Braid the scarf. You should end up with one side braided, while the other is not braided.


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How to wear a headscarf in a headband or crown?

Today we are going to continue our scarves as hair accessories series. You may have seen a lot of girls wearing flower crowns lately. Well, in this post we are going to show you how to wear a scarf as a headband or a crown, for a hippie inspired hairstyle. Whether you have short hair or long hair, straight or curly hair, this post is for every girl! How cool is that? So if you want a cool, chic, laidback hairstyle that suits every style, keep reading!


Scarf as a hippie crown/headband (pinterest)

This hairstyle is great and looks very pretty if you have a bad hair day, if it is limp and does not want to cooperate! Start with brushed and loose hair.


Take a scarf that is the size of your head and twist it so as to get a sausage-like shape. If the scarf is too long for your head, you can fold it several times before twisting it or cut the excess (only if you are positive you won’t regret it afterwards!!).

Tie the ends in a knot. It is best not to have any fabric sticking out of the knot.

Place the crown on your head, slightly at the back of the head, as if you had a halo over it. On loose hair, the hippie chic style is at its best!

Little trick: if the scarf was too long and you cut it, you can take the scraps and braid them, twist them. . . to make a bracelet or even another headband!


Roman Holiday by Comtesse Sofia

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Wear a turban scarf like Ashley Olsen

The Olsen twins are the most famous twins on the planet. Discovered when they were still toddlers, Mary-Kate and Ashley are little fashion gurus and are now at the helm of an empire that is worth millions. Therefore it only seemed logical to talk about Ashley Olsen’s turban scarf in this post! This style looks as great as the Rihanna style we presented previously and will be perfect for this summer ;)

Look #1: the knotted headband scarf

For this look you will need a small, rectangular scarf.

  1. Tie a knot in the middle of the scarf.
  2. Tie the ends together and place the headband on your head, above the forehead.

This look screams boho-chic. The leather jacket counterbalances the hippie vibe of the head scarf.

Look #2 : ethnic turban

For this look, you will need a big square scarf.

  1. Fold the scarf in a triangle and place it on your head.
  2. Twist the ends on one side of your head.
  3. Wrap the ends around the head and tie a knot.

As an accessory to a smoky eye, this look is perfect for a night out.


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