Trend: Turban

The Turbanator

As a little girl, when I thought of turbans I thought of Aladdin, snake charmers and Mystic Meg types. They oozed charm and exotic magic that seemed to come from a land far far away from England.

As a teenager, I began to understand that they were part of religious attire and predominantly worn by men. I never dreamed of walking around school in one for fear of looking like a gender swapping Guru Nanak.

Now, I have spotted them all over the catwalks through to my local high street shops. I’ve been curious about these daring head wraps ever since I saw a girl in Birmingham rocking one through the bull ring shopping centre.

So when I went to a vintage lock in recently, I was mesmerized by the selection of velvet turbans on display. I had to buy one despite the shop assistant saying they’re good for fancy dress parties and my friend giving me a disapproving look. Already, I could see that turbans weren’t widely accepted amongst western society.


Surprisingly, this is not a new trend. The roaring twenties seized this cultural head accessory and decorated it flapper-style with feathers, beads and jewels. This brought feminity and glamour to the plain, masculine head wrap. If women could manage to dare to wear this trend during the great depression, then so could I.

I threw on a maxi skirt, fur jacket and my turban for whole day of looking like a gothic fortune teller. Throughout the day, a lot of girls gave compliments and asked where it was from which was lovely. But it was the men that didn’t quite seem to get it and my manager even told me it looked “ridiculous”.

Although my turban was an outright success for the ladies, it may have been a man repellent. But isn’t always better to dress for women anyway?

After that day, I felt like this could be the turban revolution and religious attire could possibly be mistaken for a fashion statement. Sophisticated women around the world can wear these poised head pieces. The very next day, Miley Cyrus was wearing one on the X Factor. Illusion ruined.