Fashion Challenge: Turbans

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Photo Credits: 1 - Krystal via This Time Tomorrow, 2 - Ashley Olsen, 3 - Charlotte Ronson fall 2010 RTW

A turban might not be the first hair accessory you think of when your outfit is in need of something extra, but why not? I've spotted turbans on street style blogs galore lately, and several designers sent turbans down their runways for spring and fall. Need another reason to try a turban? How about the fact that you can make one out of a scarf that you already own? A turban is versatile, fun, and bold: The perfect item for this week's Fashion Challenge.

Tips and Tricks for Rocking a Turban

  • Tie it right. Learning to tie the turban correctly may take some time, but it's worth the effort to look finished and pulled together. Check out one of the links in the Extra Credit Reading section to try it yourself.
  • Try a hybrid. If you don't like the look of a full turban (like Sarah Jessica Parker's, below) try a headband/turban mix, often referred to as a turband. Ashley Olsen sports a faux leather one above. Pictured below (right), from The Sartorialist: a turband with a bow.
sarah jessica parker in a turban


Photo Credits: 1 and 2

sartorialist turban
  • Let it pop. Allow your turban to steal the show. Choose one in a bold print, or pair it with a neutral outfit. This is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite scarf in a unique way.
  • Make it last. This isn't just a summer look. Several designers (including Charlotte Ronson, above) featured turbans in their fall collections. Don't be afraid to splurge on a great scarf, because besides being extremely versatile, it will last more than one season.

Get The Look

turband outfit

turban nautical outfit

Product Information: Outfit #1: Turband - Gold Saturn, Ruffle tank - Forever 21, Necklace - Max&Chloe, Skinny jeans - Topshop, Wedges - Piperlime, Nail polish - Need Supply Co.Outfit #2: Scarf - Brooks Brothers, Dress - Spool 72, Bangle - Fantasy Jewelry Box, Clutch - Aldo, Wedges - Spiegel

Extra Credit Reading Assignment

CF Reader Looks

Here are some fabulous looks sent in by CF readers of them rocking the Turban challenge! If you want to see your own look here, read our instructions for sending in your looks at the bottom of this post!

Vanessa - George Brown College, Toronto

Turban fashion look

"I tried out the trend with a baggy white tee, denim cut offs and a pair of lowtop converse. I couldn't find my camera so I had to resort to my laptop webcam (and just did a head shot). Love the blog by the way!!"

Taylor - Marquette University

A fashionista from Marquette University wearing a turban

"I had to use my webcam so my whole outfit isn't shown but I chose a patterned scarf that had some gold detail. The outfit I wore it with that day was a lose, swinging, dark tank with light washed skinnies, and a pair of TOMS shoes."

So, will you take the Fashion Challenge?

How do you feel about turbans? Do you think a turban would work with your existing wardrobe? Would you prefer the headband/turban hybrid? Has anyone else been drooling over the Sex and The City 2trailer (and SJP's turban)?

Already work this trend? Send us pictures of you in your turban and we’ll feature them here!* As always, we are open to suggestions for future fashion challenges and we’d love to hear from you!

* Send your outfit pictures to fashionchallenge AT collegefashion DOT net! - be sure to include your name and where you go to school, as well as a description of what you're wearing in the photo!