Sunday, April 10, 2011

Adventures in Head Wrapping!! "Rosie the Riveter"

I love a beautiful head wrap! It's so regal and elegant when done right. It's especially beautiful with a vibrant, rich fabric. Unfortunately, If I'm rocking a head wrap it's more "round the house" than regal. I haven't quite explored the art of wrapping with a purpose when I'm stepping out. Unless it's the bun look, which quite frankly I'm sick of. 

The fabulous June Ambrose steps out with a purpose in her head wrap. Gorgeous!!
I have all sorts of beautiful scraps of fabric laying around and with youtube at my disposal, there's no reason why I can't learn!! 

The first look I'm trying is the "Rosie the Riveter" look which is more American pin-up than African queen. But it's fierce no-less and the fabric that I used definitely gives this look an ethnic edge. 

Typically, this look is done with a simple bandana a la this lady...
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II --Wikipedia. Needless to say...this look represents strength, feminism, and women who can be simultaneously beautiful and powerful. 

And before Aunt Jemima got one of her many makeovers she was known to rock this look...
Ain't nothing wrong with that Miss Jemima!!

I used this video by CollegeCurlies as a guideline

I chose to modify this look by using a whole heap of beautiful orange and blue African inspired fabric. I wanted a slightly bigger look and to make sure that my thick head of hair was completely covered in the back. 

You can also check out tutorials here and here

I'm loving this retro look and will surely be rocking this style with some big ol' hoops and my red lips...owww! What do you all think??