A Decade in Scarf Styles: 1970s

If the 1970s had to be summed up in one accessory, it would undoubtedly be a scarf. From the paisley-print pretties of the peace-out era, to the sparkling turbans of the Studio 54 scene, the 1970s were ruled by scarves!

Whether you’re looking to add a little 1970s flair to your style, or you’re addicted to everything retro, here’s the 1970s decade in scarf styles summed up.

The Hairband

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70s big screen queen Goldie Hawn sure knows how to rock a hair scarf. Rather than wearing as a tight turban or wrap around, the boho beauty wore her scarf lose, allowing it to tumble down among her golden curls.

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Solid color scarf

The Head Scarf

Those looking for a more statement look wrapped a printed scarf around their entire head.

The bold prints were often accompanied by statement earrings, smoky eye makeup and brightly colored lips.

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Above: A shot by David Bailey for a 1973 issue of Vogue.

A bohemian print blue scarf looks wonderful against blue and white pin stripes. This subtle pattern clash is given an edge with large hoop earrings and beautiful glossy lips.

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Blue

Paisley wool scarf

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Exotic, chunky gold jewellery was often used to compliment vibrant printed hairscarves.

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Exotic silk scarf

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Joanna Lumley is looking fabulous decades before her ‘Ab Fab’ days.

Teaming a bold print dress and matching scarf was a popular option in the 1970s.

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Black

Floral paisley silk scarf

Long & Loose

Long and loose scarves were often worn over printed dresses or with open jackets. This was a fantastic way for men to indulge in on-trend prints too!

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This shot for Vogue shows that two scarves can indeed be better than one! The clashing colors look fantastic with the neutral camel and gray palette.

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Multicolor scarf and exotic silk scarf

 

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This stylish gentleman shows that scarves aren’t just for ladies! This quirky geometric print scarf really softens the tough leather trench coat.

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Geometric print scarf

 

The Turban

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Who can forget Studio 54 queen Bianca Jagger and those sparkly turban headscarves?

The disco queen teamed her sparkly hair pieces with statement chokers and an abundance of sequins.

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Solid color scarf

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This matching turban and silk dress just screams luxury!

The Pirate

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Rock queen Debbie Harry wore her scarf tied around her head pirate style.

The Neck Tie

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Farrah Fawcett was the pioneer of the 70s ‘All American preppy girl’. That flicked out blonde do’, those high waist jeans and impeccable tailored suiting make her one of the most iconic fashion figures of the late 1970s.

So how exactly do you wear your scarf like the original Charlies Angel? Take a life out of Farrah’s stylish book and wear your silk scarf wrapped around short and tied in a neat knot at one side.

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Artistic print silk scarf

As A Belt

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Stevie Nicks’ style is almost as iconic as her Fleetwood Mac hits! She is commonly referred to as ‘the queen of rock’, but we honestly think she is the original queen of boho.

Stevie often wore belts as scarves, which complimented her flowy and feminine pieces.

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Striped print scarf

Love vintage scarf styles? Keep a look out for the next in our ‘decade in scarf styles’ series! Or see this in-depth piece on the history of scarves.

 

 

Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net