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How To Tie A Turban For A Dramatic Fashion Statement

By Cathy Mercer

Many people associate the turban with men from India or with stories like 'Sinbad the Sailor'. Sikhs always wear this head covering too, as prescribed by their religion. However, it isn't only for men or for certain religions. You can make a dramatic fashion statement if you know how to tie a turban.

Hollywood stars have worn turbans since the days of the silent movies and screen icons like Gloria Swanson. Greta Garbo, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner and Elizabeth Taylor have all sported this exotic look and Lamarr even showed how to tie the fabric in one of her films. Queen Elizabeth II of England has worn it instead of a hat at times and in recent years, celebrities from Kate Moss to Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek have been spotted in turbans.

For an ethnic look, be inspired by Solange Knowles and add a dramatic necklace and bold, patterned fabric. Otherwise wear your head covering with a simple evening dress for a regal effect. You can wear it on cold days to keep your ears warm or on days when you just want to hide your hair. It's even a great option if you've been having chemotherapy.

There are many different ways of tying the fabric for a variety of looks. Probably the easiest method requires a big, square-shaped scarf. Fold it so that it forms a triangle and let the long side rest against the back of your head, at the base. Drape the fabric over your head, letting the pointy end hang over your forehead. Take the long ends and wrap them towards the front so that you can knot them together at the top of your head.

Wrap the loose ends back around your head and tie them at the back. Now you simply have to tuck in the loose ends and you have a fabulous turban. If you want, you can leave the loose ends at the back untied so that they hang down.

You can add an African twist to the basic method. Once you've made the knot on your crown, wrap the loose ends around the knot several times instead of tying them at the back. You can either tuck the ends in or tie them in a bow-like knot. Now position this dramatic knot the way you want it: either on top of your head or a little to one side.

Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen wearing yet another variation. In this one, don't knot the ends on top of your head. Instead, only twist them together once or twice before wrapping them back and tying them. Tuck in the loose bit at your forehead and you have a gorgeous, subtle head wrap.

There are several online tutorials that will show you the various ways for how to tie a turban. If you struggle, don't despair. Simply browse through shops that sell vintage clothing. In the 1970s it was common to wear a hat-like turban that had been sewn together instead of folded. No matter what style you choose, though, wear it with confidence and you'll be sure to turn heads.

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