So I read this article the other day about a woman who was banned from wearing headscarfs to work. She decided to dress up in Cosplay while the EEOC investigated the new dress code. This was a pretty clever way to deal with the situation, and the costumes were hilarious. But it really got me to thinking. Are headwraps inappropriate in the workplace? How do you wear a headwrap to work? I wear headwraps to work all the time. Most days this is how I wear mine and I’ve had no issues thus far.
I started wearing headwraps to work to look decent on bad hair days, but it’s now one of my go to accessories. The look is so bomb, stylish and afrocentric. I never thought it to be inappropriate to wear a headwrap to work, but maybe it depends on how you wear it. I wear mine so that it looks fashionable and not like a scarf that you’d wear to bed. It’s not like I’d sleep in a cotton scarf anyway but let’s save that for another post.
Now before you take the leap and decide to wear a headwrap to work, make sure you know your company’s dress code. I work for a university library and our dress code is pretty relaxed. We can wear sleeveless, hats, open toes, short skirts, show tattoos etc. Hell, the way some people dress I think I’d get away with wearing my pajamas and bonnet lol. I’d never do that though and always try to dress appropriately for my office environment. I bring a blazer when I go sleeveless. I try not to let my hemline rise too far above the knee. If my dress is fitted, I try to keep it below the knee. When I wear a headwrap to work I try to keep the rest of my outfit simple. Especially if it’s a printed headwrap.
Other accessories are kept to a minimum. Like slim bangle bracelets, hoops, or small statement earrings. Sometimes a statement necklace.
Bold lips and winged liner are a must though.
THE WRAP LIFE TONI HEADWRAP
F21 EARRINGS (similar)
GENERIC SATCHEL (similar)
For this outfit I chose to color block with the colors in my headwrap’s print. This was a bold look for me as I usually stick to neutral colors, especially when I’m wearing a headwrap. The outfit is still simple yet chic.
For me, wearing a headwrap is an expression of my culture and personal style, rather than just another head covering as some employers might see it. I will continue to wear my headwraps with pride and grace. They gone get this Black Girl Magic whether they like it or not.
Do you wear headwraps to work?